English Major with a Technical Writing Concentration

If you major in technical writing, you will learn to communicate technical, and often complex, information to various audiences. Because the audience will have varying degrees of familiarity with the content, the writing must be adapted so that the information is clear, concise and usable to the audience. Therefore, technical writing is a process of synthesizing technical information into information easily understood by a given audience.

Technical writing is a new field and a common misconception is that it applies only to engineering or to the hard sciences. Technical writing applies to every discipline and every industry that wishes to communicate information.

Degree Requirements

Credit hours required: 39, 36 of which must be upper division courses (3000-4000 level classes). The number listed in parentheses after each course is the number of credit hours.

All of the following (15 credit hours)

  • ENGL 3080 Critical Approaches to Literature (3) (early in major)
  • ENGL 3100 Professional & Technical Writing (3)
  • ENGL 3140 Professional & Technical Editing (3)
  • ENGL 4100 Issues in Professional & Technical Writing (3)
  • ENGL 4120 Seminar & Practicum in Professional & Technical Writing (3)

Writingone of the following (3 credit hours)

  • ENGL 3210 Advanced College Writing (3)
  • ENGL 3250 Advanced Fiction Writing (3)
  • ENGL 3270 Magazine Article Writing (3)
  • ENGL 3280 Biographical Writing (3)

Languageone of the following (3 credit hours)

  • ENGL SI3010 Introduction to Linguistics (3)
  • ENGL 3030 Structure of English (3)
  • ENGL 3040 History of the English Language (3)
  • ENGL 3050 Grammar, Style, & Usage for Advanced Writing (3)

American Literatureone of the following (3 credit hours)

  • ENGL 4520 American Literature: Early & Romantic (3)
  • ENGL 4530 American Literature: Realism & Naturalism (3)

American Literatureone of the following (3 credit hours)

  • ENGL 4540 American Literature: Modern (3)
  • ENGL 4550 American Literature: Contemporary (3)

British Literatureone of the following (3 credit hours)

  • ENGL 4610 British Literature: Medieval (3)
  • ENGL 4620 British Literature: Renaissance (3)
  • ENGL 4630 British Literature: Neoclassical & Romantic (3)

British Literatureone of the following (3 credit hours)

  • ENGL 4640 British Literature: Victorian (3)
  • ENGL 4650 British Literature: Modern (3)
  • ENGL 4660 British Literature: Contemporary (3)

World Literaturesone of the following (3 credit hours)

  • ENGL HU/DV3510 World Literature (3)
  • ENGL HU/DV3730 Literature of Cultures and Places (3)
  • ENGL 3880 Philosophy & Literature (3)
  • ENGL 4750 Classical Literature (3)

English Elective Coursesminimum of 3 credit hours (3 credit hours)

Select at least 3 credit hours of upper division English courses or one of the following courses:

  • ENGL HU/DV2200 Introduction to Literature (3)
  • ENGL HU/DV2220 Introduction to Fiction (3)
  • ENGL HU/DV2240 Introduction to Poetry (3)
  • ENGL 2250 Creative Writing (3)
  • ENGL HU/DV2290 Introduction to Drama (3)
  • ENGL HU/DV2510 Masterpieces of Literature (3)
  • ENGL HU/DV2710 Perspectives on Women's Literature (3)

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