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.
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:
- Technical and Professional Communication
- Business Communication
- Non-profit writing
- 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
|ENGL 1100 English Composition I||3||ENGL 1120 English Composition II||3|
|Foreign Language I (College Core)||4||Foreign Language II (College Core)||4|
|Core Social Science||3||Core Fine Arts||3|
|Core Mathematics||3||Core Social Science||3|
|Core Humanities (except COMM 1000)1||3|
|Core Literature2||3||Core Literature2||3|
|Core Science I||4||Core Science II||4|
|HIST 1010/1017 World History I||3||HIST 1020/1027 World History II||3|
|ENGL 2010 Introduction to Professional Writing||3||Course from Group 14||3|
|Approved Minor3||3||LBAR 2010 Liberal Arts Careers Preparation||2|
|ENGL 3120 Survey of Rhetoric or 4180 Rhetorical Theory and Practice||3||ENGL 4020 Technical and Professional Editing or 4030 Document Design in Technical and Professional Communication||3|
|ENGL Elective (2000-level or higher)||3||ENGL Elective (3000-level or higher)||3|
|Course from Group 24||3||Approved Minor3||3|
|4000-level Literature Course||3|
|Select one of the following:||3||Select 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 Writing5||3|
ENGL 4000 Advanced Composition
|ENGL Elective (3000-level or higher)||3||Electives||6|
|Approved Minor3||6||UNIV 4AA0 Creed to Succeed||0|
|Total Hours: 120|
If Literature requirement was completed prior to Fall 2013, Core Humanities must cover SLO 3.
Students are required to complete a Core Literature sequence.
Students must complete a minor in a subject approved by the departmental adviser.
Students should see the departmental adviser to identify approved courses from Group 1 (Globalism, Sustainability, and Diversity), Group 2 (Linguistics), and ENGL electives.
ENGL 4810 fulfills SLO 7.
Last Updated: September 13, 2019