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PUBLIC AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING.

B.A. Degree in
Public and Professional Writing
Minor in Public and Professional Writing

Public and Professional Writing Degree – Bachelor of Arts (BA)

write your own future with a degree in public and professional writing.

Excellent written communication skills are highly valued by today’s employers. In fact, all professional fields require some form of writing. By becoming a strategic, flexible writer, you will be able to clearly articulate a point of view, communicate important messages to a community or audience, sell the benefits of a product, or even make a tangible impact with your words.

Pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public and Professional Writing from Catawba College will allow you to use writing as a powerful, persuasive tool in journalism, marketing, advertising, public relations to both internal and external audiences. With the B.A. degree in Public and Professional Writing, you will be prepared for graduate or professional study in fields such as professional writing, journalism, marketing, law, and many other related disciplines. Furthermore, you will be able to effectively write communications or documentation for any industry.

Incoming freshmen students majoring in Writing or minoring in Writing may be offered a scholarship upon acceptance to the College.


SKILLS OF the career WRITER

Earning a BA degree in Public and Professional Writing at Catawba College will equip you with the writing skills you need to:

  • Meet the needs of target audiences
  • Create professional documents and presentations
  • Work in collaborative environment by creating documents with others
  • Become familiar with the writing tools used in a digital environment
  • Learn the various dynamics of a workplace (professional, cultural, political, etc.)

 

MINOR

The minor in Public and Professional Writing at Catawba College is the perfect complement to any major. Like the major, you will learn about the various forms of writing you’ll likely encounter in the workplace and will learn how to adapt your writing for different audiences and purposes.


Program Highlights

Several scholarship opportunities are available for Writing majors at Catawba College. Preference for the Olive L. Jenkins Memorial Endowed Scholarship and the Olive and Raymond Jenkins Scholarship are awarded to majors in the English Department.  The Charles Turney Award is made annually to a rising senior who excels in either the Writing or Literature major.

Apply for this Scholarship
Catawba College Students outside on campus
Writing Internships.

Catawba College Writing majors in the bachelor’s degree program are encouraged to complete internships to build links to their professional interests, and gain work-world experience, especially in jobs related to journalism, editing and the non-profit sector. Catawba students who are strong wordsmiths can use their writing ability to help “sell” themselves.

Catawba College students studying abroad
Study Abroad in Writing.

Writing majors who study abroad engage with other cultures and experience first-hand how powerful the written word is. Rising juniors and seniors may apply to be considered for The Gerry and Jim Hurley International Study Scholarship which is open to all students pursuing a Humanities majors, including Public and Professional Writing, at Catawba. This scholarship funds a semester-long study abroad experience, including travel, tuition, room, and board.

Catawba College Student presenting research.
Undergraduate Research in Writing.

Catawba College students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public and Professional Writing are encouraged to pursue extended research projects which allow them to delve deep into a topic of their personal interest. Students can present their research on campus at a well-attended annual Catawba Research and Creativity Showcase or at state and regional professional conferences such as the State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Research Symposium.

Related Bachelor Degree Programs

Outcomes

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"No matter what career you pursue, strong writing skills will ALWAYS be valuable."

Andrew McCollister '15
Writing major with minors in Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology, and English; Four-year varsity swimmer for the Catawba Indians; Whitener Award recipient; Member of the Alpha Chi Honor Society; Author of Beneath the Surface; Earned two masters degrees in Accounting and Business Administration from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts

Writing Facilities

Writing majors can polish their skills with the written word while serving as tutors in Catawba College’s Writing Center

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PARTICIPATE.

Students majoring in Writing at Catawba can be part of the staff of The Arrowhead, an annual literary journal published by students in the English Department. Or strive for excellence with membership in Sigma Tau Delta, a national honor society in English. 

Curriculum

Required Courses for B.A. in Public and Professional Writing
Required Courses for B.A. in Public and Professional Writing
ENGL 3801 Major Rhetorical Texts 3
ENGL 3308 Prof/Tech Writing 3
ENGL 3309 Visual Rhetoric 3
COMM 2255 Writing for Media 3
COMM 3920 Persuasion 3
ENGL 4101 Capstone Seminar 3
ENGL 4201 Practicum or ENGL Internship or COMM 4401 Internship 3
Choose ONE:
- ENGL 2155 Arrowhead Production (1 hour; may be repeated twice)
- COMM 2249 Applied Journalism (1 hour; may be repeated)
1-3
Electives
- ENGL 3201 Grammar
- ENGL 3307 CW: Nonfiction (or ENGL 3305 or ENGL 3306)
- ENGL 3361 Topics in Writing
- ENGL 4301 Independent Study in Writing
- COMM 1240 Principles of Journalism
- COMM 2310 Feature Writing
- COMM 2810 Organizational Communication
- COMM 3900 Intercultural Communications
- DMP 1501 Principles of Editing and Videography
15
Total: 37-39
Required Courses for Minor
Required Courses for Minor

ENGL 3801 Major Rhetorical Texts

3
ENGL 3308 Prof/Tech Writing 3

ENGL 3309 Visual Rhetoric

3
COMM 2255 Writing for Media 3

Choose ONE:
- ENGL 2155 Arrowhead Production (1 hour; may be repeated)
- COMM 2249 Applied Journalism (1 hour; may be repeated)

1
Choose TWO additional courses:
- ENGL 3201 Grammar
- ENGL 3361 Topics in Writing
- ENGL 4301 Independent Study in Writing
- COMM 1240 Principles of Journalism
- COMM 2310 Feature Writing
- COMM 2810 Organizational Communication
- COMM 3900 Intercultural Communications
- DMP 1501 Principles of Editing and Videography
6
Total: 19
Course Descriptions
Course Descriptions

0103 ENGLISH PROFICIENCY (0 hours)
Workshops and individualized tutoring sessions to provide instruction and practice in composing, revising, and editing.

1101 INTRODUCTION TO COLLEGE READING AND WRITING (3 hours) 
This course provides intensive writing instruction and emphasizes the process of writing. Students compose primarily short informative, comparative, expressive, and/or summative writing. Special attention is paid to organizing essays and paragraphs for clarity and coherence.

1103 CRITICAL READING AND WRITING (3 hours)
An applied rhetoric course focusing on intensive practice in basic concepts of written communication; active reading skills; research strategies; MLA documentation conventions; principles of organization and coherence; prewriting, drafting, and revising practices; and surface correctness of sentences.

1111 INTRODUCTION TO POETRY (3 hours)
An introduction to the basic elements of poetry and their relevance to understanding, enjoying and appreciating the various themes, meters, and forms of poetry.

1112 INTRODUCTION TO FICTION (3 hours)
An introduction to the short story and the novel as art forms.

1114 READING LITERATURE (3 hours)
An introduction to literature emphasizing close reading of a variety of texts. Each section is designed around a topic or theme selected by the instructor.

1421 ANALYSIS OF DRAMATIC LITERATURE (3 hours)
Same as TA 1421. The characteristics and development of major styles and forms in dramatic literature.

2111 READING AND WRITING ARGUMENTS  (3 hours)
The study and practice of reading and writing arguments. Emphasis on the essay with attention to grammar, structure, style, and research skills. Prerequisite: 24 hours of academic credit, including credit for ENGL 1102 or ENGL 1103; or placement.

2150 TUTORING WRITING: THEORY AND PRACTICE  (1 hour)
An introduction to tutoring theory and pedagogy emphasizing applications in writing center tutorials. This course is required of firsttime tutors who have been hired to work in the Writing Center and cannot be used toward General Education or major requirements. Prequisite: Permission of the Instructor. (S-U grading)

2211 MAJOR BRITISH WRITERS: 1300 - 1800 (3 hours)
A study of major British writers from Chaucer to Johnson.

2212 MAJOR BRITISH WRITERS: 1800 - 1950 (3 hours)
A study of major British writers from Wordsworth to Auden.

2214 MAJOR AMERICAN WRITERS (3 hours)
A study of major American writers from the pre-colonial period to the mid-twentieth Century.

2215 MAJOR AMERICAN WRITERS: BEGINNINGS TO 1890 (3 hours)
A study of major writers in the colonial, early republic, and post-Civil War periods.

2216 MAJOR AMERICAN WRITERS: 1890 - 1950 (3 hours)
A study of major American writers of the 20th century, James through Faulkner.

2218 WORLD WRITERS: NON-WESTERN PERSPECTIVE (3 hours) 
A study of world writers in translation, with attention to non-western approaches to “universal” ideas, values, and their consequences, as well as contrasting interpretations of aesthetic experience.

3372 AFRICAN-AMERICAN WRITERS (3 hours) 
A study of major African-American writers from the eighteenth through twentieth centuries. (Offered in alternate years.)

3201 ENGLISH GRAMMAR (3 hours)
A study of the terminology and rules of standard English grammar with attention to evaluating speech and text for adherence to standard, representing syntactic structures, and developing syntactic versatility.

3305 CREATIVE WRITING: POETRY (3 hours)
Guidance and experimentation in the processes of producing, revising, and evaluating poetry. Prerequisite: permission of the Instructor.

3306 CREATIVE WRITING: PROSE FICTION (3 hours)
Guidance and experimentation in the processes of producing, revising, and evaluating short fiction and other prose forms. Prerequisite: permission of Instructor.

3307 CREATIVE WRITING: NON-FICTION (3 hours)
Guidance and experimentation in the process of producing, revising, and evaluating non-fiction prose.

3308 PROFESSIONAL AND TECHNICAL WRITING (3 hours)
An introduction to the rhetorical contexts and genres of professional and technical communication, with emphasis on the production, revision, and editing of workplace documents.

3314 MEDIEVAL LITERATURE (3 hours)
A study of the literature of Medieval England, to include the Arthurian legends, Chaucer and the Chaucerians, lyrics, and drama. (Offered in alternate years.)

3319 SHAKESPEARE AND TUDOR DRAMA (3 hours)
An intensive study of Shakespeare’s comedies and histories with some attention to the works of other Tudor playwrights.

3320 SHAKESPEARE AND STUART DRAMA (3 hours)
An intensive study of Shakespeare’s tragedies and romances with some attention to the works of other Stuart playwrights.

3321 SEVENTEENTH CENTURY BRITISH LITERATURE (3 hours)
A study of representative writers of the 1600’s to include Jonson, Bacon, Donne and the metaphysical poets, the Cavalier poets, and Milton. (Offered in alternate years.)

3327 ROMANTIC LITERATURE (3 hours)
Astudy of the works of representative Romantic writers, with special attention to Blake, Coleridge, Wordsworth, Byron, Keats, Shelley, and selected prose writers. (Offered in alternate years.)

3328 VICTORIAN LITERATURE (3 hours)
A study of the works of representative Victorian writers, with special attention to Tennyson, Browning, and Arnold and selected prose writers and minor poets. (Offered in alternate years.)

3353 20th CENTURY BRITISH POETRY AND PROSE (3 hours)
A study of modern and contemporary British poetry and prose. (Offered in alternate years.)

3354 CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN POETRY AND PROSE (3 hours)
A study of modern and contemporary American poetry and prose. (Offered in alternate years.)

3360 TOPICS IN LITERATURE (3 hours)
A study of selected topics. Topics will change from year to year to meet the needs of the department.

3361 TOPICS IN WRITING (3 hours)
A study of selected topics in writing. Topics will vary to meet the needs of the department.

3370 MAJOR WORLD WRITERS (3 hours)
Astudy of major world writers in translation. Attention to the phenomenon of translation will undergird language study. Guiding questions will focus student attention upon pertinent universal ideas, values, and their consequences. Attention to genres and their elements will emphasize the integrated nature of aesthetic experience.

3803 LITERARY CRITICISM (3 hours)
A study of the criticism focusing on the main theoretical perspectives of the Twentieth Century, beginning with the New Criticism, with an emphasis on both major texts and applied readings. (Offered in alternate years.)

3831 THE ENGLISH NOVEL (3 hours)
A study of the English novel from its inception to the end of the Victorian period. (Offered in alternate years.)

3832 THE AMERICAN NOVEL (3 hours)
A study of selected American novels from Hawthorne through Faulkner. (Offered in alternate years.)

4101 ENGLISH SEMINAR (3 hours)
Reading, discussion, independent research and written reports on a topic selected by the department. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor.

4201 PRACTICUM (1-6 hours)
Approved projects or field experience following a contractual plan approved by the Department Chair.

4301 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN ENGLISH (1-4 hours)
Self-directed study following a contractual plan initiated by the student and accepted by the staff.

4401 INTERNSHIP (1-4 hours)
A field experience related to English study with the formal evaluation, supervision and direction provided by an outside agency in collaboration with the coordinating professor and student. Prerequisites: formalized plan, permission of coordinating professor and department chair.

4801 LANGUAGE AND SOCIETY (3 hours)
A study of the dialects of English and of the mechanisms by which variants of a language become differentiated over time and space and as a consequence of social, political, economic, and physical barriers.