The Professional Writing and Editing major consists of 10 courses (30 credit hours): three core courses, one professional or technical writing course, a capstone internship and two approved courses related to a specific topical area.
The topics areas below serve as examples.
Editing and Publishing (choose 2)
- WRIT 302 Editing
- WRIT 303 Multimedia Writing
- WRIT 306 (Renamed) Intro to Digital Humanities
- WRIT 402 Publishing
Creative Writing and Narrative Strategies (choose 2)
- ENGL 312 Creative Writing Workshop: Fiction
- ENGL 314 Creative Writing Workshop: Creative Nonfiction
- ENGL 318 Special Topic in Creative Writing
Theories of Literacy and Language (choose 2)
- WRIT 309 Approaches to Teaching Composition
- WRIT 321 History of the English Language
- WRIT 460: Appalachian Englishes
- WRIT 490: Teaching Practicum (Dialect Project or Tutoring)
Tailor this major to your interests by taking one of these courses as you pursue your degree:
Tradition and contemporary approaches to rhetoric and writing theory for professional writing and editing students who wish to develop their abilities to analyze and produce written texts.
Writing Theory and Practice
A comprehensive approach to editing, including the correctness and effectiveness of a document, information design, and editorial responsibility. Students gain a realistic perspective on workplace practice through real-world scenarios, case studies, and technological applications.
Study of communication and design issues in multimedia composition. Focuses on communication, creative expression, persuasion, interactivity, and rhetorical principles. Practice in composing multimedia documents such as online publications, interactive literary works, and tutorials.
Students analyze different writing contexts, meet the needs of different audiences, and organize and present material in letters, memos, and reports. Includes some research, online components, and a review of style, grammar and usage.
Business and Professional Writing
Writing in scientific and technical fields. Introduces students to typical genres, workplace practices, document design, and conventions of writing for experts and non-experts.
(May be repeated up to a maximum of 18 hours.) Prearranged experiential learning program, to be planned, supervised, and evaluated for credit by faculty and field supervisors. Involves temporary placement with public or private enterprise for professional competence development.
Professional Field Experience
Take advantage of special options related to this major:
Expand your curiosity — and enhance your curriculum — through the WVU Honors College. Two programs are offered: Honors Foundations for first-
and second-year students and Honors EXCEL for third- and fourth-year students.