2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
    
    Apr 18, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog

English, BA, Concentration: English Writing


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About the Program


Apply Now Writing majors learn the practical aspects of communicating on the job, in business or in industry, to prepare for careers in publishing, editing, writing, and technical communication.

Degree Requirements


  • 120 Credit Hours
  • Minimum grade of C required for all Foreign Language courses
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 required for graduation

PNW General Education Core (30 Credits Minimum)


CHESS College Core (24 Credits)


Major Core (30 Credits)


Public Writing and Rhetoric (15 credits) - select five (5 from the following:

         * variable topic, may be repeated for credit

 **ENGL 20500, 30502, and 44300 count towards the minor in Creative Writing as a Profession

Interactive Media (15 credits) - select five (5) from the following:

*variable topic, may be repeated for credit

Five courses from Interactive Media list will satisfy the Certificate in Writing for Interactive Media for Writing Concentration students

 

Other Required Courses (36 Credits)


  • Students choose thirty six (36) credits in Free Electives

Civics Literacy Proficiency


The Civics Literacy Proficiency activities are designed to develop civic knowledge of Purdue Northwest students in an effort to graduate a more informed citizenry.

Students will complete the Proficiency by passing a test of civic knowledge, and completing one of three paths:

  • Attending six approved civics-related events and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Completing 12 podcasts created by the Purdue Center for C-SPAN Scholarship and Engagement that use C-SPAN material and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Earning a passing grade for one of the approved courses (or transferring in approved AP or departmental credit in lieu of taking a course)

For more information visit the Civics Literacy Proficiency website.

Total 120 Credits Required


Degree Map


Requirements


Minimum Grade and Grade Point Average (GPA):  Minimum grade of C required in all Foreign Language courses; 2.0 GPA

Experiential Learning (EL):  One EL course required.  EL courses are noted by (e) next to the course title.

General Education Core:  General Education notations can be found within the course description.  Please click on a course to see if it meets a Gen Ed requirement.

Milestone Courses noted by (m) next to the course title have been identified as being critical to your success in this field of study. 

Please see the Additional Information and Guidelines section below for more information.

Semester 2 (15 Credits)


Semester 3 (15 Credits)


  • Free Elective 
  • Natural Science - select from Gen Ed Core List  
  • World Language Level III (See Note 1)
  • Writing Concentration Major Course (See Note 2)
  • Writing Concentration Major Course (See Note 2)

Semester 4 (15 Credits)


Semester 5 (15 Credits)


Semester 6 (15 Credits)


  • Free Elective
  • Free Elective
  • Free Elective
  • Writing Concentration Major Course (See Note 2)
  • Writing Concentration Major Course (See Note 2) 

Semester 7 (15 Credits)


  • Free Elective
  • Free Elective
  • Free Elective
  • Writing Concentration Major Course (See Note 2)
  • Writing Concentration Major Course (See Note 2)

Semester 8 (15 Credits)


Additional Information and Guidelines


Note 1: SPAN, FR, or ASL - students must complete 4 semesters of the same language.

Note 2: English Writing Concentration Requirements (total 30 credits)

Public Writing and Rhetoric – Select 5 courses from the following:  (15 credits)

  • ENGL 20200 - Engaging English
  • ENGL 20500 - Introduction To Creative Writing**
  • ENGL 30502 - Creative Writing as a Profession**
  • ENGL 42800 - Special Topics in Writing*/**               
  • ENGL 43300 - Writing Proposals and Grants
  • ENGL 44300 - Intermediate Creative Writing**                                                              
  • ENGL 48000 - Writing Internship                                

*Variable topic, may be repeated for credit

**ENGL 20500, 30502, and 44300, and count towards the minor in Creative Writing as a Profession

 

Interactive Media - Select 5 courses from the following:  (15 credits)

  • ENGL 42401 - Writing For Digital Media
  • ENGL 42501 - Writing for New Media                              
  • ENGL 42601 - Writing for Social Media (e)              
  • ENGL 43100 - Web Usability: Writing and Reading on the Web (e)
  • ENGL 43500 - Topics in Writing for Interactive Digital Media*                         
  • ENGL 43700 - Writing for Video Games (e)
  • ENGL 43800 - Games and Gamification        

*Variable topic, may be repeated for credit

(Five courses from Interactive Media list will satisfy the Certificate in Writing for Interactive Media for Writing Concentration students.)

 

Other Courses (36 credits) - Choose any 12 free electives.

 

Note 3:  All four CHESS Core seminar courses, CHSS 10000, CHSS 20000, CHSS 30000, and CHSS 40000, must be taken. Duplicates are not allowed.

 

Resources


The 8 semester plan of study is a recommended sequence of classes designed to show how this program can be completed within four years.

Visit the 15 to Finish website for information and resources.

For career information, click here to visit the Careers and Employment Trends page.

For Financial Aid eligibility, click here. Annual FAFSA filing deadline is March 10. Financial Aid recipients are required to complete 30 credits per calendar year to stay eligible for the standard financial aid award.

Financial Guarantee: If you follow the degree map and find a course unavailable, you may be able to take the course for free in a future semester.  Certain exclusions apply. 

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