May 27, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Bulletin 
    
2024-2025 Undergraduate Bulletin

English Major, Professional Writing and Rhetoric Emphasis, B.A./B.S.


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42 hours; 2.0 major GPA required

Professional Writing and Rhetoric programs at the University of Southern Indiana are designed to develop skills valued by professions such as marketing, business, law, technical writing, education, health care or publishing. A blend of marketplace-oriented writing courses in technical writing, grant writing, and web authoring offere real-world  writing experience, often through service learning projects for regional community partners, while foundational courses in rhetorical and composition theory prepare students to teach writing or to pursue graduate study in rhetoric and composition.

Professional writing and rhetoric courses complement degrees in education, business, science, healthcare, engineering and social services, as well as all other fields where creativity, critical thinking and clear communication are prized.

Each writing and rhetoric student is encouraged to consult with faculty advisors to design a flexible program of study that best fits desired career goals. Writing and rhetoric faculty work with students to find local internships, complete individual research projects and create professional writing portfolios for the modern workplace.

The English department offers a major in English with an emphasis in Professional Writing and Rhetoric as well as a minor in Professiojnal Writing and Rhetoric.

English Major


Note: ENG 101 - Rhetoric and Composition I: Literacy and the Self  and ENG 201 - Rhetoric and Composition II: Literacy and the World  do not fulfill any requirements for any major or minor in English or English Teaching.

English Courses (21 hours)


Shared English Core (12 hours)


All English and English Teaching majors are required to complete a 12-hour shared core of courses:

Shared English Electives (9 hours)


All English and English Teaching majors are required to complete 9 hours of shared electives at the 300- and 400-level:

Professional Writing and Rhetoric Emphasis (21 hours)


ENG 415 and ENG 416 can be taken to fulfill one of three different requirements. However, each course can be counted toward one requirement only.

Senior Seminar (3 credits)


Open English Electives (6 credits)


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