With the chair’s approval, students may apply cooperative education toward fulfillment of this major.


B.A. students in professional writing at Valpo must complete the general-education requirements for the B.A. in addition to the requirements for the major. This University-wide core strengthens communication and critical-thinking skills while introducing the student to global cultures and traditions.  Majors in English literature must also complete either a minor in their chosen field of study, or the 40-credit (rather than the 33-credit) major in English.  Please see the material on the English major in the General Catalog for specific degree requirements.

Requirements, the Professional Writing Major

A major in Professional Writing requires a minimum of 33 credit hours in writing or language-related courses. Courses must include the following:

Required Courses: Complete all of the following, 18 credits:

  • ENGL 180: Gateways to Interpretation
  • ENGL 210: Introduction to Business and Professional Writing
  • ENGL 311: New Literacies, Technologies, and Cultures of Writing
  • ENGL 342: Grammar, Style, and Editing
  • ENGL 440: Multimedia Writing and Design

Select one from the following, 3 credits:

  • ENGL 486: Internship in English
  • ENGL 491: Seminar in Professional Writing

Elective Courses: Select from the following, 15 credits:

  • ENGL 205: Writing in the Health Sciences
  • ENGL 216:Theory and Practice of Tutoring Writing
  • ENGL 221: Advanced Writing and Rhetoric
  • ENGL 256: Editing a Literary Journal
  • ENGL 296: Traditions of Giving and Serving in the American Life
  • ENGL 341: History of the English Language
  • ENGL 344: Sociolinguistics: Languages Across Cultures
  • ENGL 380: Topics in Writing
  • COMM 230: Graphic Design I
  • COMM 330: Graphic Design II
  • ENGL 486: Internship in English (repeated with different organization)

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In the English department, students learn to use the English language maturely and sensitively and develop their capacities to enjoy and understand imaginative literature.