Undergraduate Degree - Professional and Public Writing

Program:
Professional and Public Writing
Program Code:
5792 Professional & Public Writing
Program Level:
Undergraduate
Award Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Start Term:
FS19
Department:
Department of Writing, Rhetoric and American Cultures


Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Following this section are the requirements as represented in Degree Navigator, MSU's online advising tool. The Degree Navigator section is only available for programs using Degree Navigator for degree certification.

College of Arts and Letters

Department of Writing, Rhetoric and American Cultures

Undergraduate Programs
Professional and Public Writing

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional and Public Writing is a degree program for students wishing to specialize in writing as an area of expertise. Students develop advanced writing strategies and skills with emphasis on rhetorical approaches and practices such as writing anchored to audience, context, purpose; writing attentive to community and cultural dynamics; and writing in consideration of public and professional trends and contexts. Students write in digital spaces including web pages, social media, and content-management systems; write for and in diverse public and disciplinary communities and audiences; and edit and publish in a variety of public and professional contexts. The major prepares students for careers in professional editing and publishing, technical writing, information development, communications management, communications strategy, content management, and web authoring. It also prepares students for graduate work in rhetoric, writing, public and community writing, technical writing, the teaching of writing, and the study of culture.

Students who elect the Professional and Public Writing major should contact the Director of Professional Writing in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures. Students should work closely with the department academic advisor, the program director, and with program faculty to shape a focus or theme in the major that fits their career interests and plans. Internships, management of writing projects, and development of a professional portfolio are all important aspects of student preparation for work in the writing-related professions, in public or private settings such as nonprofits, small, and large corporations, or in graduate study.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Professional and Public Writing

  1. The University requirements for bachelor’s degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional and Public Writing.
    The University’s Tier II writing requirement for the Professional and Public Writing major is met by completing one of the following courses: Writing, Rhetoric and American Cultures 320, 331, or 370. Those courses are referenced in items 3. below.
  2. The requirements of the College of Arts and Letters for the Bachelor of Arts degree.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
    a. All of the following courses (16 credits):
    WRA 202 Introduction to Professional and Public Writing 3
    WRA 260 Rhetoric, Persuasion, and Culture 3
    WRA 325 Writing and Multimodality 3
    WRA 360 Visual Rhetoric 4
    WRA 455 Portfolio Seminar 3
    b. Completion of a set of courses oriented toward a theme in the major (12 to 15 credits minimum). Students may obtain a list of example themes and courses from the program academic advisor. Themes vary and are determined in consultation with the program’s academic advisor.
    c. Completion of elective courses meant to complement and extend the student’s chosen theme. An internship for credit is strongly recommended in the major. Courses used to fulfill requirement b. above may not be used to fulfill this elective requirement (3 to 6 credits):
    WRA 210 Introduction to Web Authoring 3
    WRA 211 Documentary History and Theory 3
    WRA 214 Social Media and the Start-up 3
    WRA 225 Introduction to Composing for Digital Video 3
    WRA 290 Independent Study 3
    WRA 291 Special Topics 3
    WRA 308 Invention in Writing 3
    WRA 311 Introduction to Documentary Production 3
    WRA 320 Technical Communication (W) 3
    WRA 330 Writing Research in Communities and Cultures 3
    WRA 331 Writing in the Public Interest (W) 3
    WRA 345 Topics in Writing 3
    WRA 350 Sound Writing and Rhetoric 3
    WRA 355 Writing for Publication Workshop 3
    WRA 370 Introduction to Grammar and Editing (W) 3
    WRA 395 Writing Center Theory and Practice 3
    WRA 401 Rhetoric, Leadership, and Innovation 3
    WRA 410 Advanced Web Authoring 3
    WRA 411 Collaborative Documentary Design and Production (W) 3
    WRA 415 Digital Rhetoric 3
    WRA 420 Content Strategy 3
    WRA 441 Social Justice as Rhetorical Practice 3
    WRA 453 Grant and Proposal Writing 3
    WRA 471 Rhetoric of Grammar 3
    WRA 480 Publication Management 3
    WRA 482 Information and Interaction Design 3
    WRA 483 Community Publishing 3
    WRA 484 Ethics in Writing 3
    WRA 490 Independent Study 1 to 6
    WRA 491 Special Topics 3
    WRA 493 Internship in Professional or Public Writing 1 to 4
    WRA 499 International Research in Professional or Public Writing 3 to 6
    One or two writing or design courses from outside WRA may be used with approval of the student’s academic advisor. 


Degree Requirements from Degree Navigator.

NOTE: Degree Navigator is an advising tool only and should not be viewed as a contract with the student. Any questions about the requirements should be directed to an academic advisor.


Professional and Public Writing, BA (5792)

Required Credits: 120    Program Version: FS19

Requirement 1: University Tier I Writing
University Tier I Writing: 1 course from WRA101, WRA195H, LB133, MC111, MC112, RCAH111

Requirement 2: University Mathematics
University Mathematics: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
MTH2: 1 course
At least 1 course from LB117, MTH116, MTHRQMT, MTHWAIV1, MTHWAIV2, Mathematics Pre-Matriculation, Mathematics Post-Matriculation
MTH1: 2 courses
At least 1 course from MTH103, MTH103WAIV
At least 1 course from MTH114, MTH124, MTH132, MTH152H, MTH201, STT200, STT201
MTH4: 2 courses
At least 1 course from MTH101, MTH102
At least 1 course from STT200, STT201
MTH3: 2 courses
At least 2 courses from MTH101, MTH102, MTH103, MTH103WAIV
MTH5: 3 courses
At least 2 courses from MTH103A, MTH103B
At least 1 course from MTH101, MTH102, MTH114, MTH124, MTH132, MTH152H, MTH201, STT200, STT201

Requirement 3: University IAH201 - IAH210
University IAH201 - IAH210: 4 credits from IAH201, IAH202, IAH203, IAH204, IAH205, IAH206, IAH207, IAH208, IAH209, IAH210, RCAH201, ANY IAH BELOW 211

Requirement 4: University IAH211 or higher
University IAH211 or higher: 4 credits from IAH211A, IAH211B, IAH211C, IAH211D, IAH221A, IAH221B, IAH221C, IAH231A, IAH231B, IAH231C, IAH241A, IAH241B, IAH241C, IAH241D, IAH241E, IAH241F, IAH241G, RCAH202, TRANSFER IAH, ANY IAH211 OR HIGHER, approved LB courses

Requirement 5: University ISS200 Series
University ISS200 Series: 4 credits from ISS210, ISS215, ISS220, ISS225, ISS230, ISS235, MC201, TRANSFER ISS 200 LEVEL, ANY ISS 200 LEVEL

Requirement 6: University ISS300 Series
University ISS300 Series: 4 credits from ISS305, ISS308, ISS310, ISS315, ISS318, ISS320, ISS325, ISS327, ISS328, ISS330A, ISS330B, ISS330C, ISS335, ISS336, MC202, ANY ISS 300 LEVEL, approved LB courses

Requirement 7: University ISB
University ISB: 3 credits from ISB200, ISB201, ISB202, ISB204, TRANSFER ISB, ISB ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISB COURSE

Requirement 8: University ISP
University ISP: 3 credits from ISP203A, ISP203B, ISP205, ISP207, ISP209, ISP213H, ISP215, ISP217, ISP220, ISP221, TRANSFER ISP, ISP ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISP COURSE

Requirement 9: University Laboratory Experience
University Laboratory Experience: The required number of credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
Univ Lab: 2 credits
At least 2 credits from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
Alternative: 2 credits
At least 1 credit from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
At least 1 credit from an Alternative Track Lab credit

Requirement 10: University Diversity Distribution
University Diversity Distribution: A total 2 courses
At least 1 course from NationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing national diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
At least 1 course from InternationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing international and multicultural diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
Conditions:
University Diversity Distribution: No more than 1 course from IAH or ISS emphasizing both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity in Requirement(s) 10

Requirement 11: Major - Professional and Public Writing - Core
Major - Professional and Public Writing - Core: 4 courses from WRA202, WRA260, WRA325, WRA360

Requirement 12: Major - Professional and Public Writing - Portfolio Seminar
Major - Professional and Public Writing - Portfolio Seminar: 3 credits from WRA455

Requirement 13: Major - Professional and Public Writing - Themed Courses
Major - Professional and Public Writing - Themed Courses: 12 credits from a set of courses oriented toward a theme in the major. List of example themes and courses available from the program academic advisor. Themes determined in consultation with the program's academic advisor.

Requirement 14: Major - Professional and Public Writing - Complementary Selections
Major - Professional and Public Writing - Complementary Selections: 3 credits from WRA210, WRA211, WRA214, WRA225, WRA290, WRA291, WRA308, WRA311, WRA320, WRA330, WRA331, WRA345, WRA350, WRA355, WRA370, WRA395, WRA401, WRA410, WRA411, WRA415, WRA420, WRA441, WRA453, WRA471, WRA480, WRA482, WRA483, WRA484, WRA490, WRA491, WRA493, WRA499

Requirement 15: College Distribution
College Distribution: 30 credits from courses at the 300 level and above.

Requirement 16: College - Arts and Letters - Second Language
College - Arts and Letters - Second Language: 1 course from a second year foreign language course demonstrating competency in a foreign language.

Requirement 17: College - Arts and Letters - Cognate Requirement
College - Arts and Letters - Cognate Requirement: 15 credits from a cognate. Both the cognate and the courses must be approved by the student's academic advisor.

Requirement 18: College - Arts and Letters - Experiential Education
College - Arts and Letters - Experiential Education: 3 credits from in one of the follow approved by College; internship, service-community engaged experience, research or creative project, or study abroad or away program

Requirement 19: Electives
Electives: 0 credits from Electives at Michigan State University and transfer coursework. This number can change based on the credits of the coursework taken to fulfill University, College, and Major requirements. Please contact your academic advisor with any questions.

Requirement 20: University Residency
University Residency: 30 credits from MSU coursework, 27 credits from MSU courses taken after reaching junior standing, 20 credits from courses offered by MSU while admitted to major & 20 of the last 30 credits must be MSU courses. Please see academic advisor.