Online Technical and Professional Writing Degree

Have you ever dreamed of using your love of writing in a career? An IU Bachelor of Arts with emphasis in Technical and Professional Writing will give you the skills and flexibility to succeed in today’s workplace. You will learn how to think critically and to communicate thoughts and ideas effectively in various media, preparing you for a career in a wide range of fields from advertising and public relations to social services or writing for publication.

The B.A. online completion program in English with emphasis in Technical and Professional Writing is designed to enable a student to complete the program requirements within 60 credit hours (20 classes), assuming student has completed at least 60 semester hours of transferable college credit with a GPA of 2.0 or better, or student has completed an associate degree at the community college level. Prior transcripts are evaluated to determine academic status in relation to satisfying degree program requirements, including both general education courses equivalent to the Indiana University East core curriculum and all required prerequisites.

Sample Completion Program Curriculum (60 cr)

The required 60 credit hours are offered over two calendar years. Your actual sequence of classes will depend on the semester that you choose to begin the program, and will be determined in consultation with an advisor. Advisors work with each student for an individual plan of study. Your individual plan may differ significantly from the sample curriculum below, based on your academic background.

Semester 1: Summer, even (6 cr)

  • ENG-L202 Literary Interpretation - required course
  • ENG-W231 Professional Writing Skills - required course (if not already taken)
  • One Literature Elective

Semester 2: Fall, even (12 cr)

  • ENG-W324 Technical Editing - required course
  • ENG-G205 Intro. to the English Language (or other elective such as language)
  • ENG-L355 American Fiction to 1900
  • ENG-L384 Studies in American Culture
  • Language requirement (optional if completed)

Semester 3: Spring, odd (12 cr)

  • ENG-W321 Advanced Technical Writing - required course
  • ENG-L364 Native American Literature or ENG-L383 Studies in British or Commonwealth
  • ENG-L371 Introduction to Critical Practices (optional)
  • ENG-G207 Grammar and Usage (or other elective)

Semester 4: Summer, odd (6 cr)

  • Two Literature Electives

Semester 5: Fall, odd (12 cr)

  • ENG-W323 Digital Writing - required course
  • ENG-G301 History of the English Language
  • ENG-L379 American Ethnic and Minority Lit.
  • ENG-L360 American Prose (Excluding Fiction)

Semester 6: Spring, even (12 cr)

  • ENG-W350 Advanced Composition (or other elective)
  • ENG-W470 Senior Seminar - required course
  • Electives as needed

Writing Requirement

A grade of C (2.0) or above is necessary in all English composition courses required for a degree. Students must complete ENG W131 or the equivalent within the first 25 credit hours for which they are enrolled. Students must also complete a second writing course with a C (2.0) or above within the first 50 credit hours for which they are enrolled.

This course should prepare students for writing research papers and include at least one method of widely accepted documentation and instruct students in library research skills. All students must complete a culminating writing experience in their major.

General Grade Requirement

No course with a grade below a 2.0 (C) will be accepted in the major/concentration area. A passing grade is required in all other courses. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (C) is required for all courses taken toward a degree.

Required Credit Hours

For a bachelor degree a minimum of 30 hours at the 200 level or above must be completed at Indiana University East. At least 15 hours in the field of concentration must be completed at Indiana University East.

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