ENGL 3155. News Writing (3-0-3) Prerequisite: ENGL 1102 This course provides a study of and practice in reporting and news writing. Students will study reporting techniques, interviewing techniques, story organizations, different types of leads, copy editing, and legal aspects of journalism, among other topics. Publication in the Saber and The Ledger-Enquirer will be encouraged.
ENGL 3126. Feature Writing (3-0-3) Prerequisites: ENGL 1102 and ENGL 3155. This course instructs students to write effective non-fiction stories that would appear in newspapers, magazines, or online. The emphasis here will be on fact-based stories about people, places, and issues. To accomplish this, the course will develop skills in narration, characterization, and sensory details. All stories will be written for the purpose of being published in a campus or local publication. The craft of freelance writing will be explored.
ENGL 3156. Advertising Writing (3-0-3) Prerequisite: ENGL 1102. Study of and practice in advertising writing for a variety of media, including television, radio, magazines, and newspapers.
ENGL 3158. Writing in the Workplace (3-0-3) Prerequisite: ENGL 1102. Study and practice of the principles of written communications in business: letter writing, report writing, planning, organizing writing, and rewriting from research to final manuscript. Some emphasis on word processing and telecommunications skills. (Course fee required.)
ENGL 3171. Digital Rhetoric and Web Site Design (3-0-3) Prerequisite: ENGL 1102. This is a course in digital rhetoric, XHTML, and CSS for undergraduate students with an interest in careers that demand a foundation and working knowledge of Web design. Students will use contemporary concepts of digital rhetoric from the course text and W3C.org, among other resources, to analyze and design personal and professional Web sites. In turn, students will use Dreamweaver to edit XHTML and CSS code to implement their designs into usable, accessible, and rhetorically engaging Web projects. Throughout the course students will recurrently examine the tension among an author's purpose, audience expectations, and the constraints of text and technology.
ENGL 3172. Writing, Communities, and New Media (3-0-3) Prerequisite: ENGL 1102 with "C" or better. With this course, students who are on track to become professional writers will explore the world of online communities, since they are very likely to be writing in and for these groups of people. Students will gain understanding of why and how online communities form, how those groups function and change over time and by purpose, how those groups function in a distance-learning classroom setting, and what online communities mean to/for intellectual property and collaboration. Whether students teach or "deal" online, they will learn better and more progressive ways to interact with diverse online communities.
ENGL 5149. Grant Writing (3-0-3) Prerequisites: ENGL 2157 and ENGL 3158 with a grade of "C" or better. This course will examine the topics and strategies in grant writing. After addressing relevant subjects in the principles of grants, the course will analyze the various methods of research used to find funding. The course is specifically designed to prepare students with the skills critical for the writing of grant proposals. Accordingly, a variety of grant proposals will be studied. The course will consider the ethical elements of funding. Because grant writing is so often a group effort, the course will devote extensive attention to collaborative writing.
ENGL 5155. Theories of Rhetoric (3-0-3) Prerequisite: ENGL 2157. Using the principles and techniques of classical and contemporary rhetoricians, students will learn to understand discourse. Analysis will focus on texts from various historical periods and from a spectrum of contexts, including business, literary, and political.