Catalog

Visit the University Catalog to see the requirements for earning a Bachelor's degree in English with an emphasis in Professional and Technical Writing.

GPA Requirements

Minimum GPA for Admission: 2.75, major; 2.75, USU; 2.75, career
Minimum GPA for Graduation: 2.75, major; 2.0, USU; 2.0, career
Minimum Grade Accepted: C in major classes; B- in ENGL 1120, 3400, and 3410

Course Descriptions

ENGL 3400: Professional Writing (3 credits)

Introduces students to workplace writing as a profession, emphasizing transition from writing for academic audiences to writing for readers of workplace documents. Students learn to design and write professional documents for science, industry, business, and/or government, including print portfolios and other job search materials.

ENGL 3410: Professional Writing Technology (3 credits)

Introduces students to technologies of professional writing. Surveys software used in the Professional and Technical Writing emphasis curriculum. Students learn to design and implement electronic portfolios documenting their work in the program.

ENGL 3450: Methods and Research in Professional and Technical Communication (3 credits)

Teaches students to conduct research using methods employed by professional and technical communicators in the workplace. Students learn to work with subject matter experts, gather data in organizational contexts, and design user-centered documents.

ENGL 3460: Modern Rhetorical Theory (3 credits)

Teaches students to analyze rhetoric as it is enacted in a variety of texts and contexts. Students learn to define and understand rhetorical situations and to evaluate rhetorical strategies chosen by other writers.

ENGL 4200: Linguistic Structures (3 credits)

Introduction to linguistic science: phonetics, phonology, morphology, and syntax, especially as relating to English. Exposure to other aspects of linguistic analysis, including language origins and linguistic diversity.

ENGL 4210: History of the English Language (3 credits)

Introduction to linguistic history of English, beginning with its Indo-European roots and continuing through Old English and Middle English to Modern English. Covers sociolinguistic aspects of English use, as well as strict grammatical history.

ENGL 4230: Language and Society (3 credits)

Covers sciences of sociolinguistics and anthropological linguistics. Indroduces concepts dealing with relationship of language to society and culture, and interaction of language with society and culture.

ENGL 4400: Professional Editing (3 credits)

Editing of technical and scientific documents; working with deadlines, different levels of editing, and editing marks; working with groups of editors and clients; and revising document design.

ENGL 4410: Document Design and Graphics (3 credits)

Explores elements of page layout, graphic design, type fonts, and design of documents to suit client’s needs for print or digital media.

ENGL 4900: Internship/Cooperative Work Experience (3 credits)

Offers credit for professional experience obtained outside the classroom, prior to graduation. Requires statement of professional goals and summary report following the experience. Prerequisite/Restriction: Permission of department.

ENGL 5210: Topics in Linguistics (3 credits)

Provides students with opportunity to study topics which are not regularly taught, but which are designed to enrich understanding of linguistics. Typical topics include Old English, roots of English in Germanic, discourse analysis, and English as a world language.

ENGL 5400: Social Justice in Technical Communication (3 credits, repeatable for credit)

Students examine the role of ethics and social justice in technical communication, learning to connect theory and heuristics with applied expertise and decision making. Prerequisites: Admittance to program and completion of ENGL 3400 and 3410 with grades of B- or better.

ENGL 5410: Studies in Writing for Digital Media Production (3 credits, repeatable for credit)

Students in the Professional and Technical Writing emphasis examine process of publishing online documents, studying digital media and genres. Topics vary and include help files, websites, interactive animations, and games. Prerequisites: Admittance to program and completion of ENGL 3400 and 3410 with grades of B- or better.

ENGL 5420: Project Management in Technical Communication (3 credits, repeatable for credit)

Students study project management strategies involving and affecting diverse groups of stakeholders. Students learn how gender, race, culture, age, ideology, and socioeconomic class influence the design, execution, and outcomes of projects. Prerequisites: Admittance to program and completion of ENGL 3400 and 3410 with grades of B- or better.

ENGL 5430: Professional Writing Capstone (3 credits)

Capstone class for students in the Professional and Technical Writing emphasis, in which students develop a professional portfolio of their own writing. Should be taken during their senior year. Prerequisites: Admittance to program and completion of ENGL 3400 and 3410 with grades of B- or better.

ENGL 5490: Topics in Technical Communication and Rhetoric (3 credits, repeatable for credit)

Provides students with opportunity to study topics designed to enrich understanding of Technical Communication and Rhetoric. Typical topics include crisis communication, accessibility, marketing and public relations, or user experience design and testing. Prerequisites: Admittance to program and completion of ENGL 3400 and 3410 with grades of B- or better.