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.

Required courses:

  • ENG 200

    Introduction to English

    3 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 I

    3 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 Strategies

    3 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 Communication

    3 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 Culture

    3 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


    3 credits

    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 Workshop

    3 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 Writing

    3 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-Fiction

    3 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 Poetry

    3 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 Fiction

    3 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 Play

    3 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 Practice

    3 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 Consumer

    3 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 spoken word.

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