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Fitchburg State University 2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
Fitchburg State University 2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Professional Writing Concentration, English Studies, B.S.

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English Studies

Aruna Krishnamurthy
Associate Professors
Assistant Professors
Lisa Gim DeMisty Bellinger-Delfeld Jennie Snow
Michael Hoberman Katharine Covino-Poutasse Collin Syfert
Aruna Krishnamurthy Steven Edwards Wafa Unus
Irene Martyniuk Wendy Keyser  
Benjamin Railton Frank Mabee  
  Elisabet Takehana  
  Kisha Tracy  
  Diego Ubiera  
  Heather Urbanski  

Objectives for the Program in English Studies

Through a variety of specialized programs, English majors can obtain a bachelor of arts English-Literature, bachelor of arts English-Professional Writing, bachelor of arts English- Initial Licensure, and bachelor of science English-Literature, bachelor of science English-Professional Writing, bachelor of science English-Initial Licensure.

The English Studies program offers students a) knowledge of the broad field of literature in English, b) in-depth knowledge of its diverse aspects, c) the reading, writing, and research tools for exploring the field and its boundaries, and d) ample opportunity for hands-on experience in related fields.

Requirements for the Major in English Studies

Approaches to English Studies (ENGL 2999 ) provides an introduction to the discipline. All English majors must satisfactorily complete the course by the end of their sophomore year. Transfer students must take ENGL 2999  during their first year at the university, unless exempted by the department chair, based on evaluation of transfer course work. English majors in all concentrations must fulfill common core requirements, including the Senior Capstone. See individual tracks for specific requirements in addition to the above.

  • A course in speech fulfills the speaking and listening requirement, where applicable.

Core Courses for All English Studies Concentrations

All English Majors are required to take 21 credits from the following courses:

Three Literature Surveys 9 cr.

One Upper Level Literature: 4000 Level 3 cr.

Capstone 3 cr.

Student Learning Outcomes

Professional Writing Concentration Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will be able to develop writing skills needed to address diverse audiences.
  • Students will be able to engage with the process and the products of other writers.
  • Students will be able to analyze rhetorical situations.
  • Students will be able to create and edit professional products in various genres.

BS in English Studies-Professional Writing

48 Credit Hours: 21 Core and 27 Professional Writing Concentration

  • Second-year language proficiency is required

Students in this concentration will fulfill core requirements as well as the following:

  • ENGL 2025   Foundations of Professional Writing 3 cr.

Genre (select one at 2000-level and one at 3000-level, 6 cr.)

Production (select two, 6 cr.)

Professional Writing Electives (select two, 6 cr.)

Electives drawn from any of the three clusters above:

●   Rhetoric and Medium

●   Genre

●   Production


** Internship credits above 3 will be applied first to professional-writing electives, then to free electives.

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