Professional Writing Minor
Required Courses for the Professional Writing Minor (12 credits)
A student must successfully complete, at Fontbonne, a minimum of 50 percent of the credit hours required for the minor.
- ENG 200
Introduction to English3 credits
Provides majors with a foundation in the concepts and methods of literary analysis necessary for further literary study. Exploration of distinctive aspects of literary genres. Practice in close reading and application of varied critical approaches through writing about literary texts. Serves as introduction to the purposes and scope of the majors in literary studies, English for secondary certification, and professional writing.
- ART 115
Graphic Design I3 credits
This course introduces design elements and principles. Focus will be on composition, typography, color, and imaging, for a variety of media including print and electronic media. Students will explore communicating information through a variety of media
Plus 9 credit hours from the following electives (prerequisites apply):
- COM 299
Message Analysis Strategies3 credits
In this course students will learn how to critically analyze, interpret, and evaluate rhetorical messages in public discourse as well as to construct critical arguments about them. Students will learn to use a variety of rhetorical methods and perspectives to analyze the persuasive nature of communication artifacts such as songs, movies, advertisements, speeches, photographs, and public spaces. By reading works of rhetorical criticism, engaging in class discussion, and writing and presenting critical essays, students will consider the constructed nature of public discourse in a variety of contexts. Prerequisites: ENG 101; ENG 102.
- COM 340
Principles and Ethics of Strategic Communication3 credits
This advanced course in public relations will build on the student’s knowledge of principles and theories. Students will examine public relations cases and determine the elements that either created success or failure for the participants. In addition, each student will be afforded the opportunity to work with a nonprofit organization to create a comprehensive public relations campaign. Prerequisite: COM 250.
- COM 260
Media, Technology, and Culture3 credits
An introduction to the theory and function of the mass media, with emphasis on the media’s cultural, ethical, and economic dimensions. Students will examine radio, television, newspapers, magazines, and computer as parts of an evolving information society.
- COM 295
This course will introduce students to persuasion theory and research. Students will examine the psychology behind persuasion, the ethics of persuasion, persuasive strategies and appeals, and how persuasion operates in a variety of contexts. During Presidential election years, this course may be offered as Political Persuasion.
- COM 208/ENG 208
Digital Publications Workshop3 credits
Hands-on experience conceiving, producing, and editing content for digital publication. With a foundation in traditional journalistic and editorial skills and practices, this course also explores new publication formats, cycles, and structures within an increasingly “converged” media landscape.
- ENG 294
Topics in Writing3 credits
Writing course offered to supplement regular offerings.
Offered on a one-time or periodic basis. Note: ENG 294
topics will vary; thus a student may register for more than
one course under this number.
- ENG 304
Advanced Writing: Non-Fiction3 credits
Advanced work in expository writing; detailed analysis of prose models with The New Yorker as text; extensive
development of subject matter and in-depth consideration of style. Prerequisites: ENG 101 or 102 or equivalent or
permission of the instructor.
- ENG 311
Writing Poetry3 credits
Study of poetic theory; introduction to creative techniques
through analysis of selections of modern and
contemporary poetry; writing poetry in various narrative
and lyrical forms. Prerequisites: ENG 101 or 102 or
equivalent or permission of the instructor.
- ENG 312
Writing Short Fiction3 credits
In-depth study of the short story form through analysis of
selections from modern fiction; introduction to creative
techniques and practices; development of two original
short stories. Prerequisites: ENG 101 or 102 or equivalent
or permission of the instructor.
- ENG 313
Writing the One-Act Play3 credits
Through writing exercises and analysis of modern one-act
plays, students explore the most effective ways to tell
stories through dramatic form; construction of short
scenes and one original play. Prerequisites: ENG 101 or
102 or equivalent or permission of the instructor.
- ENG 403
Grammar: Theory and Practice3 credits
In-depth study of English grammar, with emphasis on
prescriptive grammar, non-standard grammars, and the
terms and categories used to analyze and describe
grammar. Additional consideration of generative grammar
and language acquisition. Prerequisite: ENG 303 History
of the English Language.
- ENG 494
Interpreting and Translating Science for the Consumer3 credits
Students will examine adult health literacy in the US and
the ability of various populations to access and use health
information and services. This course places heavy
emphasis on applied learning techniques. Students
practice how to interpret and translate science-based
information for the consumer in both the written and
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