English with Professional and Technical Writing Emphasis

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

Advisement: English Professional & Technical Writing majors are required to meet with a faculty advisor for course and program advisement. A grade of 2.0 or higher in all major courses is required, in addition to an overall GPA of 2.00 (C) or higher. A minimum of 39 credit hours is required in English courses, of which 36 must be upper division (3000-4000 level) courses.

Minor: A minor is required in an area other than English.

Language Courses Required to Fulfill the BA: English Professional & Technical Writing majors must take either 12 credit hours of a foreign language or 6 hours of a foreign language and 6 hours of language arts. Any 3000 or 4000 level English class may be used as a language arts course, but one course (3 credits) with a primary emphasis on language or writing is strongly recommended. Courses chosen as electives cannot also count as language arts courses.

Electives – 9 credit hours minimum: To complete the required 39 credit hours, majors complete 30 required credit hours and may choose as electives any 3000 or 4000 level English courses. Those they wish to count as language arts courses in partial fulfillment of the Bachelor of Arts requirement are excluded.

Degree Completion: A student must complete: WSU general education, diversity, Bachelor of Arts major and minor requirements; a minimum of 120 credit hours; a minimum of 30 hours of residency at WSU; a minimum of 40 upper-division credit hours; graduation requirements within six (6) years for baccalaureate degrees.

Required English Courses (30 credit hours) Foundation – 6 credit hours

One 2000-level course meeting General Education, excluding ENGL 2010:

ENGL 2200 HU/DV – Introduction to Literature (3)     

ENGL 2240 HU/DV – Introduction to Poetry (3)

ENGL 2220 HU/DV – Introduction to Fiction (3)    

ENGL 2510 HU/DV – Masterpieces of Literature (3)

ENGL 2230 HU/DV – Introduction to Drama (3)     

ENGL 2710 HU/DV – Perspectives on Women’s Literature (3)

Critical Approaches Course (to be taken early in the major) / Prerequisite ENGL 2010:

ENGL 3080 – Critical Approaches to Literature (3)

Core – 6 credit hours

American Literature Surveys:  (one of the following) / Prerequisite ENGL 2010:

ENGL 3610 – American Literature I (3)                                 

ENGL 3620 – American Literature II (3)

British Literature Surveys:  (one of the following) / Prerequisite ENGL 2010:

ENGL 3650 – British Literature I (3)                   

ENGL 3660 – British Literature II (3)

Professional and Technical Writing – 18 credit hours   Take all of the following:

ENGL 3100 – Professional and Technical Writing (3)     

ENGL 4100 – Issues in Professional and Technical Writing (3)

ENGL 3140 – Professional and Technical Editing (3)      

ENGL 4110 – Content Management (3)

ENGL 3190 – Document Design (3)                                         

ENGL 4120 – Seminar and Practicum in PTW (3)

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