Concentration in Creative and Professional Writing
The Concentration Program in Creative and Professional Writing offers students and opportunity to gain experience in many difference kinds of writing, from poetry and fiction to journalism and public relations.
The program helps students develop and mature as writers by providing extensive practice in both creative and professional forms of writing. Though English or Communication majors frequently seek the Concentration in Creative and Professional Writing as an additional credential, students from any discipline may pursue it.
The Concentration can help students prepare directly for careers in journalism, public relations, advertising, or corporate communications, as well as for graduate study in creative writing or journalism. Any student who completes the Concentration will have strengthened his or her ability to compete in the many professional settings that demand extensive writing.
The Concentration requires 18 semester hours of writing courses, nine hours from English and nine hours from Communication. 400-level writing courses in the English department may count both for the Concentration and as elective for the English major or minor. Only one 300-level course may count for both the Concentration and the English major or minor (as long as the student has already completed the 300-level literature course required for the College of Arts and Sciences core).
English Courses that May be Used to Fulfill the Requirements:
• ENGL 300: Technical Writing
• ENGL 301: Expository Writing
• ENGL 302: Special Topics in Rhetoric & Writing
• ENGL 303: Creative Writing: Writing Personal Narrative and Memories
• ENGL 304: Writing Literacy Narratives
• ENGL 305: Creative Writing: Poetry
• ENGL 306: Creative Writing: Fiction
• ENGL 307: Creative Writing: Drama
• ENGL 308: Creative Writing: Non-Fiction
• ENGL 309: CW Poetry and Translation
• ENGL 400: Business and Professional Writing
• ENGL 401: Advanced Expository Writing
• ENGL 405: Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry
• ENGL 406: Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction
• ENGL 407: Advanced Creative Writing: Drama
• ENGL 408: Advanced Creative Writing: Non-Fiction
• ENGL 409: Advanced Creative Writing: Special Topics
• ENGL 498: Advanced Independent Study
Communication Courses that May be used to Fulfill the Requirements:
• CMM 210: Journalism: Newswriting
• CMM 212: Message Design
Plus two courses selected from:
• CMM 311: Feature Writing
• CMM 312: Multimedia Scriptwriting (formerly Audio-Visual Script Writing)
• CMM 313: Editorial and Opinion Writing
• CMM 314: Essay Writing
• CMM 361: Writing for Public Relations
• CMM 371: Advertising Writing & Production
• CMM 416: Editing
For More information Consult One of the Co-Directors:
Devin Johnston, Ph.D.
Department of English
Avis Meyer, Ph.D.
Department of Communication