Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

English Writing, Bachelor of Science (BS) - Concentration in Professional Writing - Liberal Studies

Program Learning Outcomes

English Writing - Professional Writing, BS

  • Production of Problem Solving Documents: Produce documents that solve problems relevant to professional and organizational contexts.
  • Document Adaptation: Adapt documents to different rhetorical contexts.
  • Evaluation of Rhetorical Values: Evaluate the rhetorical values of technical writing using the theory and scholarship of technical and professional communication. 
  • Application of Technical Editing Principles: Apply principles of technical editing for document development, publication, and use.

Universal Program Outcomes

  • Research Tools and Resources: Use the research tools and resources of the profession, integrate them effectively into interpretive arguments, and properly document sources according to professional standards.
  • Knowledge of Technology: Display knowledge of technologies that support both written and oral communication.
  • Degree Program Writing Competency - Understanding of the Writing Process : Understand the writing process to communicate ideas effectively to a variety of audiences.

Related Links

English Writing - Professional Writing, BS Program Page

English Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Major GPA: 2.00 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.00 or higher


Liberal Studies Requirements45-46
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major/Concentration Requirements45

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Liberal Studies Requirements

See Liberal Studies Guide for Goal and Enrichment choices

Goal Course Requirements
Complete Goal requirements as indicated below
Basic Requirements
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
COMM 200Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice3
The Arts
Global Community
Human Institutions/Interpersonal Relationships
Science, Technology & Math
Select nine to ten credits:9-10
Challenges of the Modern Age
Enrichment Course Requirements
Select one course from three of the following Enrichment Areas:9
Total Hours42-43

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3

Major/Concentration Requirements

  • 23 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 23 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
  • Fifteen credits are required outside the English department from one department or a minor or certificate or a major in a subject other than English – Refer to My Rock Audit
Required Concentration Courses
ENGL 204Composition and Rhetoric 13
ENGL 205Introduction to Professional Writing 13
ENGL 225Introduction to Creative Writing 13
ENGL 306Technical and Scientific Writing 13
ENGL 309Advanced Professional Writing 13
ENGL 327Healthcare Writing 13
ENGL 330Literary Publications & Design 13
ENGL 365Writing for the World Wide Web 13
Required Internship
ENGL 450Internship 16
Required Language and Literature Course
ENGL 403Literary and Cultural Theory 13
Required Language and Literature Courses
Select two of the following:6
Introduction to Shakespeare 1
Stratford Shakespeare Tour
African-American Literature 1
Literature of the Women's Movement 1
Native American Literature 1
U.S. Latino/a Literatures 1
Asian Literature 1
Selected Topics 1
Chaucer and Medieval Culture 1
British Literature I 1
British Literature II 1
American Literature I 1
American Literature II 1
World Literature 1
Required Language and Literature Courses
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Linguistics and Grammar 1
Historical Development of the English Language 1
Modern English Grammar and Syntax 1
Required Capstone Experience (only offered in Spring)
ENGL 409Professional English3
Total Hours45

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

Concentration in Professional (PROF)
This program is effective as of Summer
Revised 08.2018