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Public Writing and Rhetoric

The Public Writing and Rhetoric (PWR) program gives students extensive, hands-on experience learning to write for audiences beyond academic settings. Working with faculty who research and teach courses on technical writing, podcasting, digital reading practices, collaborative writing, video games, community and public rhetorics, multimodal composition, and user experience design, students in the program become dynamic, rhetorically adaptable writers prepared to navigate a wide range of audiences, genres, and platforms. In a fast-changing employment landscape where employers put a premium on flexible, well-developed writing skills, PWR students graduate with in-demand professional skills and the ability to make a difference in the world with their writing. 


What We're Doing

Kelsey Keith

Fulbright scholar uses knowledge learned in courses to teach in Spain

During her college career, Fulbright scholar and MTSU alum Kelsey Keith took courses with Public Writing and Rhetoric faculty including Dr. Erica Cirillo-McCarthy, Dr. Eric Detweiler, and Dr. Kate Pantelides. She also worked with Dr. Detweiler on her undergraduate thesis project: a podcast series about Southern identity. According to Kelsey, the key thing she gained from her writing and rhetoric courses was “the ability to be a flexible and adaptable worker, be it in my studies or in my work outside academia. Understanding rhetorical situations and being able to communicate and work within them effectively is invaluable.” As a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Spain, Kelsey is drawing on what she learned in those courses as she creates a multimedia project about regional pride in Asturias, Spain, and works with Spanish students. Her undergraduate experiences with rhetoric and writing also prepared her to explore a range of career possibilities in the coming years. As she puts it, “My ability to communicate effectively within various environments and my diversified portfolio of work and skills keep me competitive in whatever direction I choose to go.”

Imaan Malik

Award-winning filmmaker says courses helped ‘sharpen’ writing, analytical skills

Imaan Malik is an award-winning filmmaker currently pursuing graduate study. She took courses with Dr. Eric Detweiler and Dr. Kate Pantelides while an undergraduate at MTSU. Imaan describes her experiences in these courses as follows: “The practicality stood out to me, and it was some of the most interesting material I studied throughout college. The combination of learning both soft and hard skills has proved useful in my career since graduating.” Her professional experiences in the film, audiobook, and podcast industries were supported by her coursework, which helped her learn to “record and edit audio,” “sharpen [her] writing and analytical skills,” and “thoroughly dissect a singular concept and expand upon it.” Once she completes her master’s degree, she plans to work in media production and film development. She writes, “The first-ever documentary I made was in my Cultural Rhetorics class. I learned the process of investigating a setting and culture that I’m not familiar with in a respectful way. I learned how to properly listen to and understand multiple perspectives.” 

A degree in Public Writing and Rhetoric has opportunities for success in a constantly changing job market. An emphasis on clear and logical communications prepares students for a wide range of opportunities.

  • Content Designer
  • Content Strategist
  • Copywriter
  • Copyeditor
  • Documentation Specialist
  • Front End Developer
  • Grant Writer
  • Information Developer 
  • Medical Writer 
  • Professional Writer 
  • Publication Specialist 
  • Social Media Manager 
  • Technical Editor
  • User Interface Developer
  • User Experience Designer 
  • Web Content Manager 

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Public Writing and Rhetoric includes a four-course core focused on the study and production of rhetorically effective written work for a range of public and professional audiences and purposes.  

Additional PWR electives allow students to gain further experience in arenas like digital writing, writing with community partnes, cultural rhetorics, and technical writing.  

Public Writing and Rhetoric, B.S.

English 
Eric Detweiler
(615) 898-2585
Eric.Detweiler@mtsu.edu

The Public Writing and Rhetoric (PWR) program is interdisciplinary and consists of 36 hours. The program gives students extensive, hands-on experience learning to write for audiences beyond academic settings. Working with faculty who research and teach courses on technical writing, podcasting, digital reading practices, collaborative writing, video games, community and public rhetorics, multimodal composition, and user experience design, students in the program become dynamic, rhetorically adaptable writers prepared to navigate a wide range of audiences, genres, and platforms.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Public Writing and Rhetoric, B.S., Academic Map 

Degree Requirements

General Education41 hours
Major Requirements36 hours
     Major Core   (12 hours)
    Public Writing and Rhetoric Elective Courses   (24 hours)
Minor15-18 hours
Electives25-28 hours
TOTAL120 hours

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Major Requirements (36 hours)

Public Writing and Rhetoric Core (12 hours)

  • ENGL 4605 - Advanced Composition

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of  1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better, and ENGL 1020 or ENGL 3605 with a B- or better. Approaches to various writing problems posed in advanced university studies and nontechnical professions: essays, proposals, critical reviews, analyses.

  • PWR 3000 - Public Writing and Rhetoric 3 credit hours
  • PWR 4000 - Experimental Writing 3 credit hours
  • PWR 4999 - Writing Your Future (Senior Capstone) 3 credit hours

Public Writing and Rhetoric Electives (24 hours)

Specialized PWR Electives (6 hours)

  • PWR 3010 - Community Writing 3 credit hours
  • PWR 3020 - Digital Writing 3 credit hours
  • PWR 3030 - Cultural Rhetorics 3 credit hours

Technical and Professional Writing (3 hours)

  • ENGL 3620 - Professional Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of English and literature General Education requirements; ENGL 1020 or ENGL 3605 with a B- or better. A specialized composition course for students planning to enter the professional workplace, including industry, science, and government. Collaborative practice in the discourse and conventions of professional and technical writing: employment packages, memoranda, instructions, proposals, and reports.

  • ENGL 4600 - Writing Internship  1 to 6 credit hours  
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    ENGL 4600 - Writing Internship

    1 to 6 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing and a 3.00 GPA in English required. Others by permission of internship coordinator. Open to English majors and minors and writing minors. An internship in which students apply their writing and communication skills in a professional setting. Arrangements for the internship are made in advance with the internship coordinator through the English Upper Division office. Maximum of 3 hours toward the Writing or English minor. Pass/Fail.

  • ENGL 4640 - Advanced Topics in Technical Writing and Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Explores advanced issues in technical writing, technical communication, and scientific discourse such as ethics and visual design, navigating the grant and proposal writing process, and theoretical examination of documents and discourse related to the job-search process. May be repeated once when the primary topic varies for a maximum of six credit hours.

Creative Writing (6 hours)

Option 1

  • ENGL 3000 - Introduction to Literary Studies  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    ENGL 3000 - Introduction to Literary Studies

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. An introduction to the study of literature. Focus on strategies for sophisticated reading, literary genres, literary criticism and research.

  • ENGL 3007 - Writing and the Literary Imagination

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 2020 or ENGL 2030. Focuses on the relationship between literature, the imagination and culture, Uses different types of writing and reading to develop students' ability to think critically about literature. Required of English minors.

 

  • Any 3000- or 4000-level ENGL course 3 credit hours

Option 2

Any two of the following:

  • ENGL 2500 - Introduction to Creative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610. A creative writing workshop that introduces multiple genres and encourages students to experiment with technique and form.

  • ENGL 3630 - Creative Nonfiction Workshop

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Complete of English and literature General Education requirements; ENGL 1020 or ENGL 3605 with a B or better. Through a process-based workshop approach students will be provided the opportunity to improve their ability to write essays for different purposes. Explores the cross-disciplinary nature of essay writing as it engages students in practical exercises in written communication.

  • ENGL 3645 - Fiction Writing  3 credit hours  

    ENGL 3645 - Fiction Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better and permission of instructor. A specialized seminar in which students study and create works of fiction.

  • ENGL 3655 - Poetry Writing  3 credit hours  

    ENGL 3655 - Poetry Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better and permission of instructor. A specialized seminar in which students study and create poetry.

  • ENGL 3665 - Playwriting  3 credit hours  

    ENGL 3665 - Playwriting

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better and permission of instructor. A specialized writing course focusing on the appreciation and realization of the dramatic form.

  • ENGL 4670 - Special Topics in Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. An intensive study in one specialized form of writing. The form of writing will vary with the instructor teaching the course.

Linguistics and Writing Education (6 hours)

  • ENGL 3505 - Writing Workshop Methodologies

    3 credit hours

    Introduces the methodologies of the writing workshop method with an emphasis on applications in a English/Language Arts (ELA) classroom setting.

  • ENGL 3510 - English Grammar and Usage for Educators

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Introduction to English grammar and usage, English varieties, and grammatical analysis. Fulfills the grammar and usage requirement for English majors seeking teacher licensure.  

  • ENGL 3555 - Tutoring Writing: Theories and Methods

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 with B or better or permission of the instructor. Examines theoretically informed writing tutoring practices that can be applied to working in writing centers and peer tutoring contexts in universities, secondary schools, and international settings. Expands genre knowledge, cultural and linguistic knowledge, and problem-solving daily challenges of tutoring writing.

  • ENGL 3570 - Introduction to Linguistics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Anatomy of sound production, levels of structure in language: phonological (sound), morphological (meaningful segments), syntactic (interrelation of words in a sentence). Various meanings of language.

  • ENGL 4510 - Modern English Grammar and Usage

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Traditional English grammar and the principles upon which grammatical analysis is based. Satisfies teacher licensure grammar requirement.

  • ENGL 4520 - The Structure of English

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Structure of modern English and overview of current syntactic theories.

  • ENGL 4530 - History of the English Language

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Political, social, intellectual forces determining historical development of English; internal structural changes--sounds, inflections--resulting from those forces.

Communication Studies and Rhetoric (3 hours)

  • COMM 3580 - Political Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COMM 2200. Examines the nature and functions of communication with political institutions and groups, including campaign communication, decision-making strategies, deliberative discourse, lobbying, and interest groups.

  • COMM 4100 - Rhetoric, Identity, and Difference

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Examines identity and difference as they relate to rhetoric and communication processes. Focuses on symbols, relationships, and dynamics that impact how racial, gender, sexual, and other identities are communicatively constructed, negotiated, and performed.  

  • COMM 4320 - Persuasion  3 credit hours  

    COMM 4320 - Persuasion

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Junior standing. Examines social scientific and humanistic theories and concepts that explain key variables in the persuasion process. Emphasis is placed on becoming more aware as consumers as well as users of persuasive techniques.

  • COMM 4650 - History and Theory of Rhetoric

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Explores the foundations and development of rhetorical theories from classical to the contemporary era.

Minor (15-18 hours)

Electives (25-28 hours)

  • Recommended electives include PWR, ENGL, COMM, JOUR, WGST, and IAM courses

Recommended Curriculum: Public Writing and Rhetoric, B.S.

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman Fall

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  
    (Comm)(Comm)  dotslash:(Comm) title:(Comm) 
    (Comm) 

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required to meet degree requirements.

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication  3 credit hours  
    (Comm)(Comm)  dotslash:(Comm) title:(Comm) 
    (Comm) 

    COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement. TBR Common Course: COMM 2025

  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours

 

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. Discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2010

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. Discusses the era from 1877 to the present. May be used to satisfy one part of the the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2020

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. TBR Common Course: HIST 2030

  • HIST 2040 - Survey African American History I  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    HIST 2040 - Survey African American History I

    3 credit hours

    The role of African Americans in establishing and shaping the American nation. Covers their historical development and contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

    NOTE: HIST 2040 is not a prerequisite for HIST 2050.

  • HIST 2050 - Survey African American History II

    3 credit hours

    The role of African Americans in shaping the American nation and creating a twentieth-century racial identity. Covers their historical development and examines their contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Freshman Spring

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing  3 credit hours  
    (Comm)(Comm)  dotslash:(Comm) title:(Comm) 
    (Comm) 

    ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required to meet degree requirements.

  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours
  • Elective 3 credit hours
  • Mathematics 3 credit hours

 

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. Discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2010

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. Discusses the era from 1877 to the present. May be used to satisfy one part of the the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2020

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. TBR Common Course: HIST 2030

  • HIST 2040 - Survey African American History I  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    HIST 2040 - Survey African American History I

    3 credit hours

    The role of African Americans in establishing and shaping the American nation. Covers their historical development and contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

    NOTE: HIST 2040 is not a prerequisite for HIST 2050.

  • HIST 2050 - Survey African American History II

    3 credit hours

    The role of African Americans in shaping the American nation and creating a twentieth-century racial identity. Covers their historical development and examines their contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 16 Hours

Sophomore Fall

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  
    Hum/FA(Hum/FA) OR  dotslash:(Hum/FA) OR title:Hum/FA 
    (Hum/FA) OR 

    ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

 

  • PWR 3000 - Public Writing and Rhetoric 3 credit hours
  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours
  • Electives 6 credit hours

Subtotal: 16 Hours

Sophomore Spring

  • ENGL 3505 - Writing Workshop Methodologies  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    ENGL 3505 - Writing Workshop Methodologies

    3 credit hours

    Introduces the methodologies of the writing workshop method with an emphasis on applications in a English/Language Arts (ELA) classroom setting.

  • ENGL 3510 - English Grammar and Usage for Educators  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    ENGL 3510 - English Grammar and Usage for Educators

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Introduction to English grammar and usage, English varieties, and grammatical analysis. Fulfills the grammar and usage requirement for English majors seeking teacher licensure.  

  • ENGL 3555 - Tutoring Writing: Theories and Methods  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    ENGL 3555 - Tutoring Writing: Theories and Methods

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 with B or better or permission of the instructor. Examines theoretically informed writing tutoring practices that can be applied to working in writing centers and peer tutoring contexts in universities, secondary schools, and international settings. Expands genre knowledge, cultural and linguistic knowledge, and problem-solving daily challenges of tutoring writing.

  • ENGL 3570 - Introduction to Linguistics  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    ENGL 3570 - Introduction to Linguistics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Anatomy of sound production, levels of structure in language: phonological (sound), morphological (meaningful segments), syntactic (interrelation of words in a sentence). Various meanings of language.

  • ENGL 4510 - Modern English Grammar and Usage  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    ENGL 4510 - Modern English Grammar and Usage

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Traditional English grammar and the principles upon which grammatical analysis is based. Satisfies teacher licensure grammar requirement.

  • ENGL 4520 - The Structure of English  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    ENGL 4520 - The Structure of English

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Structure of modern English and overview of current syntactic theories.

  • ENGL 4530 - History of the English Language

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Political, social, intellectual forces determining historical development of English; internal structural changes--sounds, inflections--resulting from those forces.

 

  • PWR 3010, PWR 3020, or PWR 3030 3 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Elective 3 credit hours
  • Minor course 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Junior Fall

  • ENGL 2500 - Introduction to Creative Writing  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    ENGL 2500 - Introduction to Creative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610. A creative writing workshop that introduces multiple genres and encourages students to experiment with technique and form.

  • ENGL 3630 - Creative Nonfiction Workshop  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    ENGL 3630 - Creative Nonfiction Workshop

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Complete of English and literature General Education requirements; ENGL 1020 or ENGL 3605 with a B or better. Through a process-based workshop approach students will be provided the opportunity to improve their ability to write essays for different purposes. Explores the cross-disciplinary nature of essay writing as it engages students in practical exercises in written communication.

  • ENGL 3645 - Fiction Writing  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    ENGL 3645 - Fiction Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better and permission of instructor. A specialized seminar in which students study and create works of fiction.

  • ENGL 3655 - Poetry Writing  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    ENGL 3655 - Poetry Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better and permission of instructor. A specialized seminar in which students study and create poetry.

  • ENGL 3665 - Playwriting  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    ENGL 3665 - Playwriting

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better and permission of instructor. A specialized writing course focusing on the appreciation and realization of the dramatic form.

  • ENGL 4670 - Special Topics in Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. An intensive study in one specialized form of writing. The form of writing will vary with the instructor teaching the course.

OR

  • ENGL 3000 - Introduction to Literary Studies  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    ENGL 3000 - Introduction to Literary Studies

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. An introduction to the study of literature. Focus on strategies for sophisticated reading, literary genres, literary criticism and research.

  • ENGL 3007 - Writing and the Literary Imagination

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 2020 or ENGL 2030. Focuses on the relationship between literature, the imagination and culture, Uses different types of writing and reading to develop students' ability to think critically about literature. Required of English minors.

 

  • ENGL 3505 - Writing Workshop Methodologies  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    ENGL 3505 - Writing Workshop Methodologies

    3 credit hours

    Introduces the methodologies of the writing workshop method with an emphasis on applications in a English/Language Arts (ELA) classroom setting.

  • ENGL 3510 - English Grammar and Usage for Educators  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    ENGL 3510 - English Grammar and Usage for Educators

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Introduction to English grammar and usage, English varieties, and grammatical analysis. Fulfills the grammar and usage requirement for English majors seeking teacher licensure.  

  • ENGL 3555 - Tutoring Writing: Theories and Methods  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    ENGL 3555 - Tutoring Writing: Theories and Methods

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 with B or better or permission of the instructor. Examines theoretically informed writing tutoring practices that can be applied to working in writing centers and peer tutoring contexts in universities, secondary schools, and international settings. Expands genre knowledge, cultural and linguistic knowledge, and problem-solving daily challenges of tutoring writing.

  • ENGL 3570 - Introduction to Linguistics  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    ENGL 3570 - Introduction to Linguistics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Anatomy of sound production, levels of structure in language: phonological (sound), morphological (meaningful segments), syntactic (interrelation of words in a sentence). Various meanings of language.

  • ENGL 4510 - Modern English Grammar and Usage  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    ENGL 4510 - Modern English Grammar and Usage

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Traditional English grammar and the principles upon which grammatical analysis is based. Satisfies teacher licensure grammar requirement.

  • ENGL 4520 - The Structure of English  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    ENGL 4520 - The Structure of English

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Structure of modern English and overview of current syntactic theories.

  • ENGL 4530 - History of the English Language

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Political, social, intellectual forces determining historical development of English; internal structural changes--sounds, inflections--resulting from those forces.

 

  • PWR 4000 3 credit hours
  • Elective 3 credit hours
  • Minor course 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Junior Spring

  • ENGL 3620 - Professional Writing  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    ENGL 3620 - Professional Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of English and literature General Education requirements; ENGL 1020 or ENGL 3605 with a B- or better. A specialized composition course for students planning to enter the professional workplace, including industry, science, and government. Collaborative practice in the discourse and conventions of professional and technical writing: employment packages, memoranda, instructions, proposals, and reports.

  • ENGL 4600 - Writing Internship  1 to 6 credit hours  
    (3 credit hours) OR(3 credit hours required) OR  dotslash:(3 credit hours required) OR title:(3 credit hours) OR 
    (3 credit hours required) OR 

    ENGL 4600 - Writing Internship

    1 to 6 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing and a 3.00 GPA in English required. Others by permission of internship coordinator. Open to English majors and minors and writing minors. An internship in which students apply their writing and communication skills in a professional setting. Arrangements for the internship are made in advance with the internship coordinator through the English Upper Division office. Maximum of 3 hours toward the Writing or English minor. Pass/Fail.

  • ENGL 4640 - Advanced Topics in Technical Writing and Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Explores advanced issues in technical writing, technical communication, and scientific discourse such as ethics and visual design, navigating the grant and proposal writing process, and theoretical examination of documents and discourse related to the job-search process. May be repeated once when the primary topic varies for a maximum of six credit hours.

 

  • ENGL 4605 - Advanced Composition

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of  1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better, and ENGL 1020 or ENGL 3605 with a B- or better. Approaches to various writing problems posed in advanced university studies and nontechnical professions: essays, proposals, critical reviews, analyses.

  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Elective 3 credit hours
  • Minor course 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Senior Fall

  • ENGL 2500 - Introduction to Creative Writing  3 credit hours  
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    ENGL 2500 - Introduction to Creative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610. A creative writing workshop that introduces multiple genres and encourages students to experiment with technique and form.

  • ENGL 3630 - Creative Nonfiction Workshop  3 credit hours  
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    ENGL 3630 - Creative Nonfiction Workshop

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Complete of English and literature General Education requirements; ENGL 1020 or ENGL 3605 with a B or better. Through a process-based workshop approach students will be provided the opportunity to improve their ability to write essays for different purposes. Explores the cross-disciplinary nature of essay writing as it engages students in practical exercises in written communication.

  • ENGL 3645 - Fiction Writing  3 credit hours  
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    ENGL 3645 - Fiction Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better and permission of instructor. A specialized seminar in which students study and create works of fiction.

  • ENGL 3655 - Poetry Writing  3 credit hours  
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    ENGL 3655 - Poetry Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better and permission of instructor. A specialized seminar in which students study and create poetry.

  • ENGL 3665 - Playwriting  3 credit hours  
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    ENGL 3665 - Playwriting

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better and permission of instructor. A specialized writing course focusing on the appreciation and realization of the dramatic form.

  • ENGL 4670 - Special Topics in Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. An intensive study in one specialized form of writing. The form of writing will vary with the instructor teaching the course.

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  • Any 3000- or 4000-level ENGL course 3 credit hours
  • PWR 3010, PWR 3020, or PWR 3030 3 credit hours
  • Elective 1 credit hour
  • Minor courses 6 credit hours

Subtotal: 13 Hours

Senior Spring

  • COMM 3580 - Political Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COMM 2200. Examines the nature and functions of communication with political institutions and groups, including campaign communication, decision-making strategies, deliberative discourse, lobbying, and interest groups.

  • COMM 4100 - Rhetoric, Identity, and Difference

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Examines identity and difference as they relate to rhetoric and communication processes. Focuses on symbols, relationships, and dynamics that impact how racial, gender, sexual, and other identities are communicatively constructed, negotiated, and performed.  

  • COMM 4320 - Persuasion  3 credit hours  

    COMM 4320 - Persuasion

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Junior standing. Examines social scientific and humanistic theories and concepts that explain key variables in the persuasion process. Emphasis is placed on becoming more aware as consumers as well as users of persuasive techniques.

  • COMM 4650 - History and Theory of Rhetoric

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Explores the foundations and development of rhetorical theories from classical to the contemporary era.

 

  • PWR 4999 3 credit hours
  • Electives 6 credit hours
  • Minor course or elective 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Our adjunct faculty bring outstanding professional experience to our programs. Many are industry leaders with decorated careers and honors. Importantly, they are innovative educators who offer hands-on learning to our students to prepare them to enter and thrive in a dynamic, and oftentimes emerging, industry and professional world. They inspire, instruct, and challenge our students toward academic and professional success.

Contact Information

Dr. Eric Detweiler
Program Director / Faculty Advisor
Eric.Detweiler@mtsu.edu
615-898-2585 

Who is My Advisor?

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615-494-7651 | PH 128

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Middle Tennessee State University
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Murfreesboro, TN 37132 

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