Curriculum

PW Contact

Michele Simmons, Director of Professional Writing
simmonwm@MiamiOH.edu
42 credit hours
5 core courses (15 hours)
5 specialty track courses (15 hours)
4 open electives in English Department (12 hours)

I. Core Courses

  • ENG 223 Rhetorical Strategies for Writers
  • ENG/IMS 224 Digital Writing and Rhetoric: Composing with Text, Images, and Sound
  • JRN 201 Reporting and News Writing
  • ENG 411/511 Visual Rhetoric
  • ENG capstone (ENG 415: Capstone in Professional Writing; ENG 495R: Capstone in Rhetoric and Writing)

II. Tracks (choose one)

Digital and Technical Communication Track

One required course:

  • ENG 313 Technical Communication

Select 4 elective courses from list below

  • ENG/IMS 171 Humanities and Technology
  • ENG 172 Rhetoric, Persuasion, and Culture
  • ENG 222 Rhetoric of Information and Data Visualization
  • ENG/IMS 238 Narrative and Digital Technology
  • ENG 310 Special Topics in Rhetoric and Persuasion
  • ENG/IMS 317 Writing for Games and the Gaming Industry 
  • ENG 340 Internship
  • ENG/IMS 407/507 Interactive Business Communication
  • ENG 412/512 Print and Digital Editing
  • ENG 413/513 Grant and Proposal Writing
  • ENG 414/514 Usability and User Experience
  • ENG/IMS 416 Writing for Global Audiences
  • ENG/IMS/JRN 424 Ethics and Digital Media
  • ENG/IMS 426 Digital Publishing
  • IMS 222 Web and Interaction Design
  • IMS 413 Usability and Digital Media
  • IMS 418 Social Media Marketing
  • IMS 422 Advanced Web Design
  • IMS 440 Armstrong Interactive Capstone
  • JRN 303 Online Journalism

Editing Track

One required course (select one):
  • ENG 412/512 Print and Digital Editing
  • JRN 316 Editing and Design

Select 4 elective courses from list below

  • ENG/IMS 171 Humanities and Technology
  • ENG 172 Rhetoric, Persuasion, and Culture
  • ENG 202 Varieties of English
  • ENG 222 Rhetoric of Information and Data Visualization
  • ENG 225 Advanced Composition
  • ENG 226 Introduction to Creative Writing
  • ENG 302 Structure of Modern English
  • ENG 310 Special Topics in Rhetoric and Persuasion
  • ENG 315 Business Writing
  • ENG 321 Literary Marketplace
  • ENG 323 Nonfiction Workshop
  • ENG 340 Internship
  • ENG 359 Writing Center Consulting
  • ENG 407/507 Interactive Business Communication
  • ENG 413/513 Grant and Proposal Writing
  • ENG/IMS 416/516 Writing for Global Audiences
  • ENG/IMS/JRN 424 Ethics and Digital Media
  • ENG/IMS 426/526 Digital Publishing
  • JRN 350 Journalism Topics Course

Public Writing and Rhetoric Track

One required course (select one)

  • ENG 310 Special Topics in Rhetoric and Persuasion
  • ENG 413/513 Grant and Proposal Writing

Select 4 elective courses from list below

  • ENG 172 Rhetoric, Persuasion, and Culture
  • ENG 201 Special Topics in Language Awareness 
  • ENG/COM 213 Writing for Media
  • ENG 222 Rhetoric of Information and Data Visualization
  • ENG 225 Advanced Composition
  • ENG 245/COM/DST 247 Rhetoric of Disability Rights
  • ENG 315 Business Writing
  • ENG 316 Legal Writing
  • ENG 340 Internship
  • ENG 359 Writing Center Consulting
  • ENG 407/507 Interactive Business Communication
  • ENG 409/AAA 410 Asian/Asian-American Rhetorics
  • ENG 412/512 Print and Digital Editing
  • ENG/IMS 416/516 Writing for Global Audiences
  • ENG/IMS/JRN 424 Ethics and Digital Media
  • ENG/JRN 429/529 Environmental Communication
  • ENG/IMS 426 Digital Publishing
  • AAA/AMS/BWS/LAS/WGS 211 Writing with a Purpose
  • JRN 312/412 Public Affairs Reporting
  • JRN 318 Advanced Storytelling in Journalism

Self-Designed Track

In consultation with your advisor and with administrative approval, you may design your own track. Select one required course and four elective courses from any of the other three tracks.

III. Open Electives

Four open electives from any 200-level or above course in the English Department. This may include 200-level and above ENG courses from the tracks above.

(Note: You may not “double-dip” a course as both a track-elective and an open-elective.)