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:

  • ENGL 200: Liteary Studies
  • ENGL 300: Introduction to Professional Writing
  • ENGL 400: New Literacies, Cultures, and Technologies of Writing
  • ENGL 491: Seminar in Professional Writing
  • COMM 230: Desktop Publishing

plus one course selected from the following:

  • ENGL 321: Intermediate Composition
  • ENGL 431: Advanced Composition

plus one course selected from the following:

  • COMM 110: Introduction to Internet Communication
  • COMM 330: Advvanced Desktop Publishing
  • THTR 252: Writing for the Stage and Screen

plus two courses selected from the following:

  • ENGL 310: Introduction to Technical Writing
  • ENGL 441: History of the English Language
  • ENGL 442: Modern English Grammar
  • ENGL 443: Introduction to Linguistics
  • PHIL 150: Logic and Critical Thinking

plus two courses selected from the following:

  • ENGL 380: Topics in Writing
  • ENGL 386: Internship in English
  • ENGL 365: Studies in American Literature (with chair’s approval)
  • ENGL 390: Topics in Literature (with chair’s approval)
  • ENGL 495: Independent Study in English
  • or any of the other courses listed above within this major.

 Course Catalog
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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.