Department of English and Philosophy

 

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Professional Writing Track

The Professional Writing program concentrates on technical and business writing, media studies, and writing in professional settings. Students build a foundation in writing for a variety of audiences, master langauge and writing skills, and develop their critical and analytical thinking.

Our professors have worked as professional or technical writers in the professional world. They bring real-world into the classroom. Professional writing students also complete a 75-hour internship.

A student with this degree could go on to a career in technical writing, communication, media, journalism, editing, design, business, or public relations. Alumni from our undergraduate program have worked as scientists, journalists, graphic designers, editors, authors, and web content managers.

Degree Requirements

In addition to completing the General Education and other university requirements, Professional Writing majors complete 45 credits as listed below. For more detail, see the ISU Undergraduate Catalog.

Click here to download the English – Professional Writing Option Requirement Worksheet.

These courses are required:

  • ENGL 2211 – Introduction to Literary Analysis (3)

  • ENGL 2280 – Grammar and Usage (3)
    OR
    ENGL 2281 – Introduction to Language Studies (3)

  • ENGL 3307 – Professional and Technical Writing (3)
  • ENGL 3308 – Business Communication (3)
  • ENGL 3311 – Literary Criticism and Theory(3)
  • ENGL 4410 – Writing Internship (3)
  • ENGL 4491 – Senior Seminar in Professional Writing (3)
  • PHIL 2201 – Introduction to Logic (Satisfies General Education Objecitve 7) (3)

Select ONE of the following creative writing coures: (3)

  • ENGL 2206 – Creative Writing Workshop
  • ENGL 3306 – Intermediate Creative Writing Workshop
  • ENGL 4406 – Advanced Creative Writing Workshop

Select THREE of the following writing, communication, and media courses: (9)

  • CMP 2231 – Introduction to Graphic Design
    OR
    CMP4436 – Advanced Issues in Design

  • CMP2251 – Introduction to Photography
    OR
    CMP 4457 – Advanced Photography

  • CMP 4487 – Rhetorical Theory
  • ENGL 4401 – Advanced Composition
  • ENGL 4407 – Topics in Professional Writing

Select ONE of the following survey courses: (3)

  • ENGL 2267 – Survey of British Literature I Beginnings through 18th Century
  • ENGL 2268 – Survey of British Literature II 19th Century to Present
  • ENGL 2277 – Survey of American Literature I Beginnings to 1860
  • ENGL 2278 – Survey of American Literature II 1860 to Present

Select ONE of the following genre study courses: (3)

  • ENGL 3321 – Genre Studies in Drama
  • ENGL 3322 – Genre Studies in Poetry
  • ENGL 3323 – Genre Studies in Fiction
  • ENGL 3324 – Genre Studies in Non-Fiction
  • ENGL 3327 – Special Topics in Genre

Select ONE of the following culture and language studies courses: (3)

  • ENGL 2212 – Introduction to Folklore and Oral Tradition (Satisfies General Education Objective 9)
  • ENGL 4480 – Varieties of American English
  • ENGL 4481 – Studies in Grammar
  • ENGL 4484 – Rotating Topics in Linguistics
  • ENGL 4486 – Old English
  • ENGL 4487 – History of the English Language
  • ENGL 4488 – Introduction to Sociolinguistics
  • ENGL 4490 – Topics in Folklore

Contact us:
Dr. Thomas Klein
Director of English Undergraduate Studies
208-282-2893
Dr. Lydia Wilkes
Director of Composition
208-2822531
Amanda Christensen
English & Philosophy Administrative Assistant
208-2822478

 


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