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Bachelor of Arts
English - Professional Writing Track

College of Letters and Sciences

Department of English

Program Description

The Department of English provides graduates with the essential foundations of critical thinking, reading, and writing skills. English majors often engage in undergraduate research projects, presenting conference papers at local, regional, and national conferences and publishing work in peer-reviewed journals. Our award-winning student literary journal, Arden, provides students an opportunity to gain editing and publishing experience as undergraduates. In addition to numerous study abroad courses, English majors have the opportunity to participate in the New York Arts program.  

The BA in English-Professional Writing track prepares students for writing careers in business or industry. The track offers courses in technical writing, news writing, business writing, and writing for digital media. Internships with Columbus-area organizations provide students with valuable hands-on experience. Professional writing students develop strong skills in electronic research, writing, layout, web design, and editing.

Career Opportunities

In addition to pursuing traditional careers in the discipline—like teaching, library science, journalism, and creative writing—our graduates succeed in business, law, and medicine. Our majors also pursue graduate degrees in English, creative writing, rhetoric, and technical communication.

Admission Requirements

There are no program specific admission requirements.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates will:
  • Students demonstrate competency in written communication by writing effectively in a variety of situations and for a variety of audiences.
  • Students demonstrate competency in reading by interpreting the meaning of key terms; recognizing the primary purpose of a passage; making appropriate inferences; and recognizing rhetorical devices.
  • Students demonstrate competency in quantitative reasoning by solving real-world problems in contexts that involve numerical data.
  • Students demonstrate competency in critical thinking by interpreting and evaluating evidence in a piece of writing and drawing valid conclusions based on the information presented.

Additional Program Requirements

There are no specific academic regulations.

Program Of Study

Area A Essential Skills Required Hours: 9
ENGL 1101 (with a grade of "C" or better)
ENGL 1102
(with a grade of "C" or better)
Select one of the following courses:

Area B Institutional Options Required Hours: 4-5
COMM 1110
Select two of the following courses:

OR
Select one of the following courses: Foreign Language 1001, 1002, 2001, or 2002
Any Area C-E course with a study abroad component.

Note: the extra hour may be used as an elective.

Area C Humanities/Fine Arts/Ethics Required Hours: 6
Select one of the following humanities courses:

Select one of the following fine arts courses: *ITDS 1145, though listed under both humanities and fine arts, may be taken only once.

Area D Science/Math/Technology Required Hours: 10-11
Select two science courses from the list below, one of which must include a lab.

Select one of the following courses or a science course from above:

Area E Social Sciences Required Hours: 12
Select one course from the following two courses:
HIST 2111
HIST 2112

Take the following course:
POLS 1101
Select one behavioral science course from the following courses:

Select one world cultures course from the following courses:

Wellness Requirement Required Hours: 3 

PHED 1205
Select any one PEDS course.

Area F Courses Related to Major Required Hours: 18
A grade of "C" or better is required in each ENGL course.
ENGL 2155: Introduction to Literary Studies: Critical Methods
ENGL 2156: Introduction to Literary Studies: Poetics
ENGL 2157: Writing for the English Major

Foreign Language 1002
Foreign Language 2001
Foreign Language 2002

Area G Program Requirements Required Hours: 24
A grade of C or better is required in each course.
ENGL 1000 must be satisfactorily complete five times.
ENGL 1000: English Convocation

Area H Program Electives Required Hours: 18
A grade of C or better is required in each course.

Select two Literature courses at 3000 level or higher (6 hours).

Select 3-4 courses from the following (9-12 hours).
ENGL 3128 Editorial and Opinion Writing
ENGL 3156 Advertising Writing
ENGL 3158 Writing in the Workplace
ENGL 4177 Advanced Topics in Professional Writing
ENGL 5167 English Grammar

Select 0-1 course from the following (0-3 hours).
ENGL 3105 Introduction to Fiction Writing
ENGL 3106 Introduction to Poetry Writing
ENGL 3107 Introduction to Creative Nonfiction Writing
ENGL 3108 Introduction to Playwriting
ENGL 3109 Introduction to Screenwriting

Area I General Electives Required Hours: 18
Professional   Writing students are strongly encouraged to declare an academic minor.

Total Hours Required: 123

4 Year Course Schedule

Suggested four year course schedule