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Methodist University's Professional Writing Minor prepares undergraduates for advancement in careers in every discipline. Excellent communications skills are the number one skill set sought by employers, so a Professional Writing Minor will distinguish graduates as leaders among their peers.
The Professional Writing Minor focuses student learning on practical, career-related writing, including business, technical, and professional communication. Students declaring the Professional Writing Minor prepare themselves for advancement in the field of their choice.
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Course of Study
Methodist University's Professional Writing Minor includes 12 semester hours of core courses and six hours of electives.
Core Courses (Required Courses)
Advanced Grammar (ENG/WRI 322) provides a comprehensive history and analysis of grammar: parts of speech, sentence patterns, and prose style.
Desktop Publishing (COM 353) provides an introduction to the fundamentals of desktop publishing and offers instruction in the use of publishing software and in the incorporation of both text and visual materials into print-based media and internet web pages.
Copyediting and Proofreading (WRI 433) provides instruction on editing and proofreading texts for publication, both as hard copy and in electronic formats. It includes a review of punctuation, capitalization, and usage.
Technical Writing (ENG/WRI 321) develops the writing skills necessary for producing clear technical, business, corporate, or scientific documents for publication.
Electives (Choose Two)
Advanced Expository Writing (ENG/WRI 323) provides an overview of the study and analysis of models of excellence; practice in various techniques and types of composition; and use of computers specific to the discipline of English.
Business Writing (ENG/WRI 320) offers instruction on writing practical business communications—letters, memoranda, reports, proposals, and resumes.
Creative Writing: Fiction (ENG/WRI 324) develops fiction-writing skills, using short stories and novels as models.
*Grant Writing (WRI 330) offers a comprehensive overview of the grant writing process, from research to proposal. Lecturers offer specialized expertise.
Writing for Mass Communications Media I (COM 257) provides instruction on news gathering and writing news and feature structures, including preparation of copy for publications. Experience and practice in reporting techniques and problems and ethics in laboratory work is also offered.
Writing for Mass Communications Media II (COM 258) develops advanced news and feature writing skills, including writing for the broadcast media.
*Professional Writing Certificate Option: Students who wish to complete the Professional Writing Certificate in addition to the Professional Writing Minor will take Grant Writing as one of their two electives and complete Professional Writing (WRI 220) during their senior year or immediately following graduation.
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