Academic Catalog

2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Professional Writing Major

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Degree Type Offered: B.A. Major

Consists of a minimum of 36 credit hours and includes seven core courses (totaling 21 credit hours), plus five elective courses (totaling 15 credit hours).

Core Courses:

PWR-201 Introduction to Professional Writing

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Introduces students to a range of rhetorical principles and practices in professional genres that they will explore in future coursework and in their careers. Prerequisite: ENG-110

PWR-275 Grammar, Style & Editing

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Overview of what is traditionally called grammar, including syntax, mechanics, style, punctuation, spelling, vocabulary-building and proofreading for teaching writing at the elementary and secondary levels as well as for publication at a professional level. Develops competency in creation, analysis and editing of written English. Prerequisite: ENG-110

PWR-312W Technical & Workplace Writing

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Advanced writing course in composing reports, proposals, instructions, brochures, digital information and other technical documents. Principles of document design, strategies for incorporating graphic elements into texts and methods of editing are also emphasized. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350 and ENG-110 FILA general education: writing intensive

PWR-313W Writing for Business

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Explores analytical and practical skills in a range of business genres, including memos, letters, proposals and collaborative reports. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350 and ENG-110 FILA general education: writing intensive

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PWR-314W Writing for the Sciences

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Emphasizes the skills necessary for presenting scientific concepts and subjects to various audiences, including ethical and practical constraints on reporting information. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350 and ENG-110 FILA general education: writing intensive

PWR-318W Writing in Electronic Environments

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Or Spring

Studies the nature of writing as it is shaped by digital technologies, including desktop publishing, document design and electronic portfolios. Implications of these media for writing in both theory and practice are emphasized. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350 and ENG-110 FILA general education: writing intensive

PWR-319 Publishing and Marketing

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Surveys industry processes, including manuscript acquisition, editing, design, distribution, promotion and sales. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350 and ENG-110

PWR-451 Senior Seminar in Professional Writing

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

An in-depth seminar that studies significant trends in writing and helps students prepare for the job market. Prerequisite: PWR-201 or permission of instructor

Plus five elective courses (15 credit hours) chosen from the following:

PWR/COMM-131 News Practicum

Credits: 1 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Skills-and-theory class that applies critical thinking to discuss and solve practical problems in news media production. Prepares students for the convergence of media, providing practical experience in multiplatform media writing and production, including print, radio, TV and web journalism. Work includes approximately three hours outside the class and one hour inside each week. May be repeated for a total of 3 credits. (Cross-listed as COMM-131)

PWR-225 Travel Writing

Credits: 3 Term Offered: May Term

Explores published works from various genres on the cultures and natural environments of variable destinations, which provide the bases for students' original works in several modes of travel writing, including memoir, travelogue and creative nonfiction. Prerequisite: ENG-110

PWR-227 Food Writing

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

A writing workshop dedicated to writing about food. Topics covered include food blogs, restaurant reviews, experiences with trying new foods, recipes, experiences with food preparation and meal experiences. Literary selections and film depictions of food writing are also discussed. Expenses for incidentals such as restaurant visits are the responsibility of each student. Prerequisite: ENG-110

PWR/COMM-255W Introduction to News Writing

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Teaches students the basic skills of researching, investigating and writing in a variety of formats. Emphasis on identification of the writing structures used by contemporary media writers and utilization of these structures in original pieces researched and written by the students. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350 and ENG-110 FILA general education: writing intensive (Cross-listed as COMM-255W)

PWR/COMM-305 Multimedia Reporting & Writing

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Builds on the skills-oriented approach of COMM/PWR-255W by putting theory behind the practice of writing. Through individual and group writing projects, students work toward understanding the increasingly complex definition of news, its blurring line with entertainment, and the dynamic interplay between technologies and audiences. Prerequisite: COMM/PWR-255W or permission of instructor Offered alternate years: 2018-2019 (Cross-listed as COMM-305)

PWR-311 Creative Writing

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Intensive workshop providing an opportunity to gain deeper insight into literary techniques and practices through the production of original short and longer works of fiction, poetry and drama, as well as creative expository forms. Students develop a single, but substantial, literary project unified by a common theme or themes. Group workshops and individual conferences provide extensive feedback and critical response as the student progresses through the project. Prerequisite: ENG-110

PWR-315 Teaching Writing

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Introduction to writing instruction for prospective teachers and writing center tutors from all disciplines. Incorporates current theoretical perspectives, applied linguistics and research on the writing process to introduce classroom practices such as one-to-one conferencing, the writing workshop approach and teaching in computer classrooms. Prerequisite: ENG-110

PWR/ENG-320WX Writing Contemporary Poetry

Credits: 3 Term Offered: May Term

Both a writing workshop and a reading course, wherein students practice writing and analyzing poetry in consultation and comparison with practicing poets. A portion of the course includes participation in the Bridgewater International Poetry Festival, a four-day event which is held in odd-numbered years. Students will manage, promote, host, and lead portions of the festival, and some will read their own work. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350, and ENG-110 FILA general education: writing intensive and experiential learning (Cross-listed as ENG-320WX)

PWR-322 Advanced Creative Writing

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Advanced workshop providing an opportunity to demonstrate literary techniques and practices through the production of original short and longer works of fiction, poetry and drama, as well as creative expository forms. Students develop a single, but substantial, literary project, defined by means of a contract with the instructor and unified by a common theme or themes. Advanced workshop students also lead group workshop discussions, providing and receiving extensive feedback and critical response as class members' progress through their projects. Advanced students also explore the publishing market appropriate to their work and make a serious effort to secure publication in some form. Prerequisites: ENG-110 and PWR-311

PWR-324 Special Topics in Writing

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Covers topics pertaining to writing in twenty-first-century modes and environments. Study of models and theoretical approaches combined with practical experiences enable students to develop written expression in the focus area. May take more than once for credit fit he topic is different each time. Possible topics include creative nonfiction, science and nature writing, sports writing, humor writing, biography. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350 and ENG-110

PWR-480 Internship

Credits: 3 Term Offered: All Terms

Provides an opportunity for a student to gain field experience in an area related to the student's concentration or career goals. Supervision of an intern is provided by an appropriate faculty member and by a staff member of the agency or business in which the student is an intern. A student who wishes to engage in an internship must consult with the appropriate faculty member at least eight weeks in advance of the start of the term in which the internship is to be completed. A description of the internship, signed by the student and the faculty sponsor, must be filed with the director of internships by the first day of the semester prior to the start of the internship. Approval of each application for an internship is made by the director of internships based upon policies and guidelines as approved by the Council on Education and the faculty. To be considered for an internship, a student must have junior or senior status and at least a 2.00 grade point average. Internships are graded on an S or U basis. A student may enroll in an internship program for 3 credits per semester, and internship credit may be earned in subsequent semesters subject to the limitations that no more than two internships may be pursued in any one agency or business and a maximum of 9 credits in internships may be applied toward graduation.

PWR-490 Independent Study

Credits: 3 Term Offered: All Terms

Upon approval of the department and the division head, a student with a cumulative grade point average of 2.20 or better may engage in an independent study or research project. One desiring to pursue independent study or research must submit a written description of the proposed work to the chair of the appropriate department and to the appropriate division head prior to the last day of the drop and add period for the semester in which the study is to be conducted. At the end of the semester, the supervising professor files with the registrar a grade for the student and a description of the work accomplished. Credit may be received for not more than three independent studies or research projects.

PWR-491 Research

Credits: 3 Term Offered: All Terms

Upon approval of the department and the division head, a student with a cumulative grade point average of 2.20 or better may engage in an independent study or research project. One desiring to pursue independent study or research must submit a written description of the proposed work to the chair of the appropriate department and to the appropriate division head prior to the last day of the drop and add period for the semester in which the study is to be conducted. At the end of the semester, the supervising professor files with the registrar a grade for the student and a description of the work accomplished. Credit may be received for not more than three independent studies or research projects.

PWR-499 Honors Project

Credits: 3 Term Offered: All Terms

An honors project is one in which a student researches a subject, by examination of relevant literature or by experimentation or both; the student reports the results in an accurately documented and well-written paper or appropriate representation of the work. Whenever the study deals with the subject of an established course, the student is expected to go well beyond the usual work of the course in research and in assimilation of the results as revealed in the report. Juniors and seniors with a cumulative grade point average of 3.40 or above may register for an honors project. One desiring to pursue an honors project must submit a written description of his or her proposed work to the chair of the appropriate department and to the appropriate division head prior to the last day of the drop and add period for the semester in which the study is to be conducted. Upon the completion of the Honors Project, the student must present an oral defense of his or her project. The final grade must include a satisfactory performance on the oral defense, assessed by a three-faculty member team. The Project Advisor will authorize the make-up of the oral defense team and will assign the final grade on the project. The honors project title will be noted on the student's transcript. It is the student's responsibility to provide a copy of the written paper or appropriate representation of the work to the library in compliance with specifications approved by the Council on Education. The library director arranges for binding and storage.