English: Professional and Public Writing

Bachelor of Arts in English, Professional and Public Writing track

In every business or organization, the ability to write, think, and communicate clearly is a powerful commodity. The B.A. in English, professional and public writing track prepares students to communicate in the world of work. Students consider the many elements that make up a communication situation and the implications of workplace communication practices. In the track, students learn how to successfully research complex technical and professional information and present that work effectively. In addition, students learn how to catch (and maintain) an audience’s attention motivate action, and create documents that solve real-world problems.

The Department of English offers a range of undergraduate courses in professional and public writing, including editing; document design; a variety of topics courses in language study, writing, and culture; and rhetorical practices and theory. Classes offer numerous opportunities for collaborative creative work and work with clients both within and outside of the university. Further, students develop a portfolio to showcase their work and obtain employment after graduation.

The professional and public writing program gives students key skills for writing in various fields that place a high priority on skilled communication. By combining theoretical learning with practical application, graduates succeed in the wide variety of communications they encounter in the professional world.

Learn more about the path towards a degree and career in English from the Career Center’s Pathways.

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Careers in Professional and Public Writing

Students in Auburn University’s Professional and Public Writing Track pursue vital humanities-based skills such as editing and document design practices, linguistic and rhetorical analyses, and the crafting of texts for specialized audiences. This track prepares graduates for communication in the professional world as a whole, and especially for work in the following fields:

  • Publishing
  • Technical and Professional Communication
  • Business Communication
  • Non-profit writing
  • Teaching
  • Design
  • Editing
  • Advertising and Marketing

This track also provides an excellent foundation for graduate study. Our students have gone on to graduate programs in technical and professional communication, and composition and rhetoric, among others.

Curriculum in English: Professional Writing and Literacy Studies

Curriculum in English: Professional and Public Writing Students in this track must take ENGL 2010 (Introduction to Professional Writing) as the gateway course to this track. ENGL 4810 (Capstone in Professional Writing) is the capstone course. No more than 6 hours may be at the 2000-level; at least 18 hours must be at the 4000-level or above.  Effective Fall 2014, students must earn a C or better in any course counted toward the English major.

ENGL 1100 English Composition I3ENGL 1120 English Composition II3
Foreign Language I (College Core)4Foreign Language II (College Core)4
Core Social Science3Core Fine Arts3
Core Mathematics3Core Social Science3
 Core Humanities (except COMM 1000)13
 13 16
Core Literature23Core Literature23
Core Science I4Core Science II4
HIST 1010/1017 World History I3HIST 1020/1027 World History II3
ENGL 2010 Introduction to Professional Writing3Course from Group 143
Approved Minor33LBAR 2010 Liberal Arts Careers Preparation2
 16 15
ENGL 3120 Survey of Rhetoric or 4180 Rhetorical Theory and Practice3ENGL 4020 Technical and Professional Editing or 4030 Document Design in Technical and Professional Communication3
ENGL Elective (2000-level or higher)3ENGL Elective (3000-level or higher)3
Course from Group 243Approved Minor33
 4000-level Literature Course3
 15 15
Select one of the following:3Select one of the following:3
ENGL 3020 Writing in Law and Justice
ENGL 4010 Topics in Writing
ENGL 3040 Technical Writing
ENGL 4040 Public Writing
ENGL 3060 Writing in the Health Professions
ENGL 4160 Technology, Literacy, and Culture
ENGL 3080 Business Writing
 ENGL 4810 Capstone in Professional Writing53
ENGL 4000 Advanced Composition
 Approved Minor33
ENGL Elective (3000-level or higher)3Electives6
Approved Minor36UNIV 4AA0 Creed to Succeed0
 15 15
Total Hours: 120

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Last Updated: September 13, 2019