B.S. in Professional Writing (non-comprehensive)

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Evening College + provides an opportunity for the working adult to complete a degree with great flexibility.

The following suggested course sequence assumes that the student will attend as a full-time student and will make use of the optional delivery methods (i.e. online, blended and iCourses) available. Students can also use this course sequence as a guide to assist in planning as a part-time evening student. This sequence includes suggested courses to complete all general education requirements (47 credit hours) and Professional Writing program requirements (36 credit hours) . The MSU non-comprehensive Professional Writing major requires completion of a minor which can be up to 24 credit hours. Minors available as evening or online combination opportunities include:

  • Accounting available evenings (16-18 credit hours)
  • Communication available evenings/online combined (15 credit hours)
  • Criminology available evenings/online combined (21 credit hours)
  • General Business available evenings/online combined (18-20 credit hours)
  • Psychology available evenings/online combined (18 credit hours)
  • Screenwriting available evenings/online combined (18 credit hours)

To graduate with a Bachelor’s degree students must fulfill all general baccalaureate degree requirements including any additional hours to total a minimum of 125 credit hours. An academic advisor from the department of your major and minor will be your best resource for creating a degree plan.

The following degree plan is based on the general education program instituted in fall 2014. For the previous general education requirements, please access these Student Transition Resources.

First semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours14
ENG 110 Writing I 3
MTH 130 Contemporary Mathematics
or MTH 135 College Algebra
3
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 2
SOC 150 Introduction to Society 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3

Second semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours18
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
HST 121 Survey of the History of the United States to 1877 3
KIN 210 Healthy Lifestyles: Preventive Approaches 3
THE 101 Introduction to Theatre and Drama Arts 3
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology 3
Course for minor 3

Third semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
BMS 100 Concepts and Issues in the Life Sciences 3
LLT 180 The Heroic Quest 3
HST 104 World History Since 1600 C.E. 3
COM 315 Public Speaking II 3
Course for minor 3

Fourth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours16
ENG 321 Writing II: Beginning Technical Writing 3
AST 115 Basic Astronomy 4
ENG 235 Critical Approaches to Literature
or ENG 340 Survey of English Literature I
or ENG 350 Survey of American Literature I
or ENG 390 Modern English Grammar
3
Course for minor 3
Free elective 3

Fifth semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
ENG 377 Scientific and Technical Editing 3
ENG 487 Analysis of Scientific Literature 3
Course for minor 3
Free electives to meet 125 hour requirement 6

Sixth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours17
ENG 373 Writing with Technology 3
ENG 421 Advanced Technical Writing 3
Course for minor 3
Free electives to meet 125 hour requirement 8

Seventh semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
ENG 473 Writing with Technology II 3
ENG 500 Advanced Writing: Nonfiction 3
ENG 573 Writing for the Web 3
ENG 575 Topics in Professional Writing 3
Course for minor 3

Eighth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
ENG 422 Career Focus in Professional Writing 3
ENG 570 Writing in the Health Professions 3
ENG 574 Technical Writing Internship 3
Free electives to meet 125 hour requirement 6