Professional and Technical Writing Option

General Requirements

Admission to the program is contingent upon good academic standing and acceptance by the department.

The department will not accept D transfer credit in the major. Achievement of a C or better in all major courses at Chicago State University.

Completion of 120 semester hours of work: 42 hours of General Education consisting of 6 hours of Composition; 6 hours of the same Foreign Language; 3 hours in Mathematics; 9 hours in Social Sciences; 9 hours in Humanities, of which 3 hours must be a Fine Arts course; 9 hours in Mathematics/Physical Science/Life Science/ Computer Science (CPTR 1060); (at least 3 credits from a Physical Science and at least 3 credits from a Life Science, of which one course mush have a lab, chosen from: Biol/Chem /CPTR/Math/Phys/PhSci); 3 credit hours of Critical Thinking, 3 credit hours Diversity, and 3 credit hours Interdisciplinary courses embedded in the preceding courses and selected from a list of approved courses; 45 hours in English; 3 hours for one university elective; 3 hours in Communications (CMAT 2030); and 3 hours in electives selected with the departmental advisor’s approval. Students must also pass the examination on the state and federal constitutions.

Specific Requirements:

GENERAL EDUCATION (42)
ENGLISH 1270 - 1280 (6)
SOCIAL SCIENCES (9)
NATURAL SCIENCES (9)
MATHEMATICS (3)
HUMANITIES (9)
FOREIGN LANGUAGE (SAMPLE LANGUAGE) (6)

PTW ENGLISH REQUIREMENTS

REQUIRED COURSES (45)
ENG 2020 - FEATURE WRITING (3)
ENG 2060 - WRITING FOR ADVERTISING (3)
ENG 2100 - WRITING & EDITING NONFICTION (3)
ENG 2160 - SURVEY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE I (3)
ENG 2190 - SURVEY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE II (3)
ENG 2280 - CRITICAL STRATEGIES (3)
ENG 2330 OR 2340 - BRITISH LITERATURE I OR II (3)
ENG 2370 - DESKTOP PUBLISHING FOR BEGINNERS (3)
ENG 2790 - BUSINESS WRITING (3)
ENG 2910 - AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE I (3) OR ENG 2940 - AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE II (3)
ENG 4311 - SHAKESPEARE (3)
ENG 4338 - LANGUAGE (3)
ENG 4379 - WORKSHOP IN PUBLISHING (3)
ENG 4387 - ADVANCED RESEARCH METHODS OR ENG 4327 - METH’S & MAT’LS LIT RESEARCH (3)
ENG 4395 - INTERNSHIP WRITING (3-12 HRS) (3)

REQUIRED SUPPORTIVE COURSE (3)

CMAT 2030 - BASIC SPEECH COMMUNICATION 3

FOR CREATIVE WRITING CONCENTRATION:

REQUIRED COURSE (18)
ENG 2150 - PROSE FICTION (3)
ENG 2260 - ELEMENTS OF LITERARY STUDY (3)
ENG 2920 - WRITING THE SHORT STORY (3)
ENG 2930 - THE WRITING OF POETRY (3)
ENG 4361 - LANGUAGE AND CULTURE (3)
ENG 4381 - FICTION OR ENG 4383 - POETRY (3)

RECOMMENDED ELECTIVES (SELECT 3*) (9)

ENG 1360, 2010, 2440, 2550, 4329, 4332, 4334, 4349, 4355, 4356, 4370, 4382, 4383, 4384, 4386

UNIVERSITY ELECTIVE:   (3)

FOR PRINT JOURNALISM CONCENTRATION:

REQUIRED COURSES (12)
CMAT 2500 - LAW & ETHICS MASS MEDIA (3)
ENG 2010 - INTRO TO JOURNALISM (3)
ENG 2540 - NEWSWRITING I (3)
ENG 2800 - WRITING RESEARCH PAPERS (3)

RECOMMENDED ELECTIVES (SELECT 5*) (15)

ENG 1360, 2030, 2090, 2120, 2550, 4337, 4339, 4361

UNIVERSITY ELECTIVE: (3)

FOR TECHNICAL WRITING CONCENTRATION:

REQUIRED COURSES (15)
ENG 2010 - INTRO TO JOURNALISM (3)
ENG 2090 - INTRODUCTION TO TECH WRITING (3)
ENG 2120 - TECH & SCI WRITING & EDITING (3)
ENG 2540 - NEWSWRITING I (3)
ENG 2800 - WRITING RESEARCH PAPERS (3)

RECOMMENDED ELECTIVES (SELECT 4*) (12)
ENG 1360, 2030, 2550, 2920, 2930, 4335, 4337, 4339
UNIVERSITY ELECTIVE:(3)

TOTAL HOURS: 120

Program Objectives

For successful completion of the professional and technical writing option, students must

  1. demonstrate competence in exact and effective communication of technical information in several subject areas and in addressing a range of different audiences for a variety of purposes.
  2. understand the importance of language factors such as semantics in communication.
  3. understand the role, importance, and methods of conducting research in technical communication.
  4. be adept in solving problems involved in research and communication.
  5. have a full working knowledge of the range of available media, including non-print media, for technical communication.
  6. be competent in operating word processing programs.
  7. be competent in the areas of desktop publishing, teleconferencing, computer telephones, E-mail, faxing, and computer security.
  8. know how to prepare and how to use computer graphic aids.
  9. understand the fundamentals of business communication.
  10. be acquainted with professional organizations and become a participating member of at least one
  11. be knowledgeable about publications which print technical articles and about the respective requirements of such publications
  12. be aware of job opportunities in technical writing locally, regionally, and nationally.

Required Courses - Number and Name

1.    2020 FEATURE WRITING (3)

2.    2060 WRITING FOR ADVERTISING (3)

3.    2100 WRITING & EDITING NONFICTION (3)
      Prerequisite: Successful completion of English Qualifying Examination and       English136, or consent of the department.

4.    2160 SURVEY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE I (3)

5.    2190 SURVEY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE II (3)

6.    2280 CRITICAL STRATEGIES (3)
        Prerequisite: Successful completion of the English Qualifying Examination

7.    2330 BRITISH LITERATURE I (3)
        or

       2340 BRITISH LITERATURE II (3)

8.    2370 DESKTOP PUBLISHING (3)

9.     2790 BUSINESS WRITING (3)
        Prerequisite: Successful completion of English Qualifying Examination

10.   2910 AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE I (3)

        or
       2940 AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE II (3)

 

11.   4311 SHAKESPEARE (3)

12.   4338 LANGUAGE (3)

13.   4379 WORKSHOP IN PUBLISHING (3)

14.   4387 ADVANCED RESEARCH METHODS AND PROGRAM OUTCOMES ASSESSMENT

        (3) or 4327 METHODS AND MATERIALS OF LITERARY RESEARCH (3)
         Prerequisite: Successful completion of the English Qualifying Examination and
        ENG 2060, 2100, 2160, 2260, 2280, 2330
or 2340, 2800, 2910; consent of the department

15.   4395 INTERNSHIP IN WRITING (3)