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. Required courses include:

Complete all of the following, 15 credits:

  • ENGL 180: Gateways to Interpretation
  • ENGL 210: Introduction to Business and Professional Writing
  • ENGL 342: Grammar, Style, and Editing
  • ENGL 431: Advanced Writing and Rhetoric
  • ENGL 440: Multimedia Writing and Design

Select one from the following, 3 credits:

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

Select one from the following, 3 credits:

  • ENGL 344: Sociolinguistics: Language Across Cultures
  • ENGL 360: Cross-Cultural Engagement in English Studies

Select 12 credits from the following:

  • ENGL 205: Writing in the Health Sciences
  • ENGL 216:Theory and Practice of Tutoring Writing
  • ENGL 256: Editing a Literary Journal
  • ENGL 296: Traditions of Giving and Serving in the American Life
  • ENGL 311: New Literacies, Technologies, and Cultures of Writing
  • ENGL 341: History of the English Language
  • ART 230: Graphic Design I
  • COMM 230: Graphic Design I
  • COMM 330: Graphic Design II
  • Any English course numbered 300 or above

 Course Catalog

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