English Studies, Professional Writing Concentration

Students with an interest in professional writing can take courses in journalism, creative writing, and technical writing – among many others – that will prepare them for the job market and expand their creativity. All English majors interested in writing may submit independent work to the department’s literary journal, Rt. 2, or to the campus newspaper, The Point. Students can also join an on-going peer writing group or work with a faculty member on a unique writing project. Members of the English Club can help put on a poetry slam, get together to see a play in Boston or Worcester, help someone learn to read, or start up a new publication.

During the senior year, students are encouraged to participate in a professional writing internship that can enhance job prospects upon graduation.
Because the abilities and knowledge gained as an English major have such broad applications, career choices after graduation are almost unlimited. English majors at Fitchburg State University have continued their studies in graduate programs in literature, education, creative writing, library science, and counseling, and several have been accepted to law school programs.

Curriculum

42 credit hours: 21 Core and 21 Professional Writing concentration

CORE COURSE REQUIREMENTS  
ENGL 2999 Approaches To English Studies  
Subtotal 3 S.H.
Literature Survey(s)  
One American Survey:  
ENGL 2000 - American Literature I: Age of Exploration to the Civil War
or ENGL 2010 - American Literature II: Civil War to the Present
 
Subtotal 3 S.H.
One British Survey:  
ENGL 2200 - British Literature I: Beowulf to Milton
or ENGL 2210 - British Literature II: Pepys to Shelley
or ENGL 2220 - British Literature III: Bronte to Rushdie
 
Subtotal 3 S.H.
One Survey or substitute an equivalent period course in American, British, or World literatures as indicated below:  
ENGL 2000 - American Literature I: Age of Exploration to the Civil War
or ENGL 4200 - Romantic Movement in U.S. Literature
 
ENGL 2100 - American Literature II: Civil War to the Present
or select from:
ENGL 2650 - Ethnic American Literature
ENGL 3010 - American Drama
ENGL 3220 - American Novel to 1950
 
ENGL 2200 - British Literature I: Beowulf to Milton
or select from:
ENGL 3030 - Middle Ages
ENGL 3120 - Golden Age of English Renaissance
ENGL 4010 - Chaucer and His World
 
ENGL 2210 - British Literature II: Pepys to Shelley
or select from:
ENGL 4040 - Major English Writers of the 17th Century
ENGL 4050 - The 18th Century Novel
ENGL 4080 - British Romanticism
 
ENGL 2220 - British Literature III: Bronte to Rushdie
or select from:
ENGL 3040 - British Literature Since World War II
ENGL 4090 - The 19th Century English Novel
ENGL 4100 - Victorian Literature
ENGL 4115 - British Modernism
 
ENGL 2400 - World Literature I
or Select from:
ENGL 2500 - World Literature II
ENGL 3000 - World Drama
ENGL 3100 - World Novel
 
Subtotal 3 S.H.
ENGL 4xxx Level Literature  
Subtotal 3 S.H.
Writing Intensive (select one)  
ENGL 3026 - Genres, Forms, Themes in Creative Writing
ENGL 3045 - Media Conscious Storytelling
ENGL 3480 - Writing for the Web*
ENGL 3500 - Creative Writing
ENGL 3510 - Fiction Writing I
ENGL 3520 - Poetry Writing
ENGL 3540 - Writing Film Criticism
ENGL 3840 - Online Magazine*
ENGL 3860 - Feature & Magazine Writing
ENGL 3870 - Writing for Business & Technology*
ENGL 3890 - Creative Nonfiction Writing
SPCH 3000 - Speechwriting
*May be used to satisfy LAS Computer Literacy requirement.
 
Subtotal 3 S.H.
ENGL 4999 - English Capstone  
Subtotal 3 S.H.
TOTAL FOR CORE: 21 S.H.
PROFESSIONAL WRITING Requirements  
ENGL 2800 - Journalism  
ENGL 3890 - Creative Non-Fiction Writing  
Subtotal 6 S.H.
Digital Media (select one)  
ENGL 2323 - Digital Journalism  
ENGL 3480 - Writing for the Web  
ENGL 3830 - College Newspaper Production  
ENGL 3840 - Online Magazine Writing  
Subtotal 3 S.H.
Professional Writing Electives (select four)  
ENGL 2320 - Scriptwriting  
ENGL 2323 - Digital Journalism  
ENGL 2810 - Editing and Publishing  
ENGL 3026 - Genres, Forms, Themes in Creative Writing  
ENGL 3045 - Media Conscious Storytelling  
ENGL 3480 - Writing for the Web  
ENGL 3830 - College Newspaper Production  
ENGL 3500 - Creative Writing  
ENGL 3510 - Fiction Writing I  
ENGL 3520 - Poetry Writing  
ENGL 3530 - Fiction Writing II  
ENGL 3540 - Writing Film Criticism  
ENGL 3840 - Online Magazine Writing  
ENGL 3860 - Writing for Business & Technology  
ENGL 3870 - Feature & Magazine Writing  
SPCH 3000 Speech Writing  
Subtotal 12 S.H.
Total for Professional Writing Concentration: 21 S.H.
  • BA-Second-year language proficiency is required.
  • A course in speech or performance fulfills the LAS speaking and listening requirement. [LAS Art Elective]
  • ENGL Survey can be taken simultaneously with ENGL 1200, permission from Advisor
  • Students complete a portfolio in the capstone course during senior year.

An Internship is strongly recommended. Three credits of an internship can be counted toward the required 12 S.H. of Professional Writing electives.

Available Internship courses:
ENGL 4940 Internship - 3 S.H. [120 hr/9.5 hours a week]
ENGL 4850 Internship - 6 S.H. [240 hr/18.5 hours a week]
ENGL 4860 Internship - 9 S.H. [260 hr/27.5 hours a week]
ENGL 4870 Internship - 12 S.H. [480 hr/37.5 hours a week]

BS in English Studies

This program is available for students who choose not to fulfill the requirements for foreign language proficiency at the second-year level. All other requirements are the same as for the Bachelor of Arts in English Studies.

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