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Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Madonna University
36600 Schoolcraft Road
Livonia, Michigan 48150-1176
(734) 432-5339 or (800) 852-4951, ext. 5339
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Email: admissions@madonna.edu

Writing Major: Bach Arts | Writing Minor
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Writing Major: Bach Arts    
   Required Courses    
      ENG 2620   Language & Culture 3 s.h.  How and why people communicate in the ways they do. Habitual talking, listening, and writing behaviors of individuals and groups, as well as the influences of home, community, and culture on the language structures and language uses of individuals. Culture, as it influences linguistic preference, are considered, along with methods of semiotic and discursal analysis. 
      WRT 2050   Creative Writing 3 s.h.  Writing and study of poetry, fiction, and plays at an introductory level. Includes discussion, writers’ workshops, and regular conferences with the instructor. Students contribute to the production of a class electronic publication. Prerequisite: WRT 1020. 
      WRT 4000   Rhetorical Theory & Criticism COM/WRT*) 4 s.h.  Survey of Western rhetorical theory from Classical times to the present; analysis and criticism of major theoretical and philosophical concepts concerning persuasion in speaking and writing. The influence of rhetoric on political, social, and individual thought and action. 
      WRT 4950   Senior Seminar: Writing for Publication 3 s.h.  Advanced course in freelance and literary writing for authors working on all types of manuscripts: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. A guided but individualized study of the student’s chosen literary form. Includes advanced study of effective writing techniques, marketing information, and strategies for publication. Must be taken in final twenty hours of the degree program. 
      JRN Choice    
         JRN 2050   Public Relations Writing 3 s.h.  Acquaints student with functions of public relations in our society and explains basic theories and principles in publicity writing and placement. 
         JRN 2860   Editorial Writing & Feature Writing 3 s.h.  Study of writing of newspaper features; principles and ethics of editorial judgment; the means of persuasion; nature, structure, and function of the editorial; editorial page layout and content; writing of opinion articles. Prerequisite: JRN 1320 or departmental approval. 
      WRT Choice    
         WRT 2440   Technical Writing 3 s.h.  Theory and application of technical writing principles. Topics include an introduction to the technical communication environment, ethical and legal considerations, the basics of writing and analyzing technical documents, collaborative writing, and design principles for documents and Web sites. Students create a variety of technical documents for inclusion in their final e-portfolios. Prerequisite: WRT 1020 or equivalent. 
         WRT 3260   Business & Professional Writing (BUS/WRT*) 3 s.h.  A study of the strategies and stylistic devices which lead to clear, concise, and complete business writing. Various types of business letters, memoranda, proposals, and reports are examined and developed. Prerequisite: ENG 1020. 
      Electives                 (17 s.h. to be chosen)    
         AGE 4000   Proposal Writing and Grant Administration(AGE*/EM/SOC) 2 s.h.  The basic skills needed to develop and write a successful proposal to compete for funds from sources outside the control of the organization or agency. Topics include generating program ideas, researching funding sources, utilizing contacts, basic proposal format, self-funding, understanding the politics of grants, and the administration of and accounting for funds. 
         BCA 1010   Survey of Broadcast, Film & Digital Media (BCA*/JRN) 3 s.h.  An overview of the telecommunications industry, its technical and economic nature, and its consideration as both a product of social forces and as a social force itself. 
         BCA 3030   Writing for Radio, TV, & Film (BCA*/JRN) 3 s.h.  Theory and practice of writing scripts for radio, television, and film. Introduction to the techniques of storytelling, storyboarding, production tracking, and budgeting. Prerequisite: BCA 2610 or permission of instructor. 
         COM 2140   Argumentation & Persuasion 3 s.h.  The study of argument as a process of inquiry and advocacy and the communicative means to change attitudes, beliefs, behaviors, as well as motivate people to action. Practical experience in: evidence, analysis and reasoning; organization and case-building; refutation and cross-examination; and audience analysis. Students apply theory to a variety of topics and contexts. 
         ENG 2950   Critical Writing & Literary Analysis 4 s.h.  A study and practice of the methods used to analyze the contents of a literary work; a review of major themes and schools of literary criticism. Prerequisite: ENG 1020. 
         JRN 1320   News Reporting (JRN*/WRT) 3 s.h.  Organization of the modern newspaper; news values and news sources; structures of the news story; practical training in gathering and writing typical news stories. 
         JRN 2050   Public Relations Writing 3 s.h.  Acquaints student with functions of public relations in our society and explains basic theories and principles in publicity writing and placement. 
         JRN 2860   Editorial Writing & Feature Writing 3 s.h.  Study of writing of newspaper features; principles and ethics of editorial judgment; the means of persuasion; nature, structure, and function of the editorial; editorial page layout and content; writing of opinion articles. Prerequisite: JRN 1320 or departmental approval. 
         JRN 3570   Editing and Design 3 s.h.  Principles of editing, headline writing, page design, use of graphics in print and digital publications. May include an academic service-learning experience. Prerequisite: JRN 1320 or departmental approval. 
         JRN 4010   Mass Communication (BCA/COM/JRN*) 3 s.h.  Theory of behavior in communications in general and the mass media in particular. The design and evaluation of public opinion studies and research topics in communications with emphasis on the effects that the various media have had on consumers. Required for students seeking teaching certification with a Journalism and Public Relations minor. 
         MIS 2850   Web Design for Business Applications 3 s.h.  Study of the evolution, design, and development of Internet web sites. An introduction to HTML coding and the use of GUI software for the development and maintenance of web sites and web pages. Investigation and determination of what constitutes an acceptable web site. Prerequisite: CIS 2380 or permission of the department. 
         WRT 2440   Technical Writing 3 s.h.  Theory and application of technical writing principles. Topics include an introduction to the technical communication environment, ethical and legal considerations, the basics of writing and analyzing technical documents, collaborative writing, and design principles for documents and Web sites. Students create a variety of technical documents for inclusion in their final e-portfolios. Prerequisite: WRT 1020 or equivalent. 
         WRT 3100   Advanced Composition 3 s.h.  Advanced study and application of the rhetorical elements of invention, form, and style in nonfiction writing. Emphasis on strategy and style in appealing to a variety of audiences. Class meetings include writers’ workshop format. Prerequisite: WRT 1020. 
         WRT 3250   Writing Creative Nonfiction 4 s.h.  Exploration of the craft of creative nonfiction, concentrating on rhetorical features and borrowings from other literary genres. Writing memoir, poetic essays, literary journalism, essays of place, or literary approaches to narrative in scientific writing. Students share work in progress and render feedback on the work in progress of others. Prerequisite: WRT 2050. 
         WRT 3260   Business & Professional Writing (BUS/WRT*) 3 s.h.  A study of the strategies and stylistic devices which lead to clear, concise, and complete business writing. Various types of business letters, memoranda, proposals, and reports are examined and developed. Prerequisite: ENG 1020. 
         WRT 3490   Publication Software for Technical Writers 3 s.h.  In-depth learning in the use of technical communication software with multi-channel, multi-device publishing capabilities: developing standards-compliant content, publishing this content in various formats, working collaboratively on writing projects, incorporating images, and adding demos and simulations. Students create a variety of technical documents, using principles and strategies learned in the technical writing course sequence, for inclusion in their final e-portfolios. Prerequisite: WRT 3440. 
         WRT 4750   Topics in Writing 1 s.h. (Not To Exceed 4 s.h.)  Advanced writing experience focusing on a single genre. Includes writing experience, the study of professional texts, participation in small-group writing workshops, and individual conferences with instructor. May be repeated in new topic for credit. Prerequisite: WRT 2050 or departmental approval. 
         WRT 4910   Cooperative Education 1 s.h. (Not To Exceed 4 s.h.)  On-campus or on-the-job experience (paid) with professional writing assignments. Includes bi-monthly discussion of co-op experiences with peers and regularly scheduled consultations with the instructor. Prerequisite: WRT 3440. 
         WRT 4930   Practicum 3 s.h.  On-campus or on-the-job experience (unpaid) with professional writing assignments. Includes bi-monthly discussion of co-op experiences with peers and regularly scheduled consultations with the instructor. Prerequisite: WRT 3440. 
Writing Minor    
   Required Courses    
      ENG 2620   Language & Culture 3 s.h.  How and why people communicate in the ways they do. Habitual talking, listening, and writing behaviors of individuals and groups, as well as the influences of home, community, and culture on the language structures and language uses of individuals. Culture, as it influences linguistic preference, are considered, along with methods of semiotic and discursal analysis. 
      WRT 2050   Creative Writing 3 s.h.  Writing and study of poetry, fiction, and plays at an introductory level. Includes discussion, writers’ workshops, and regular conferences with the instructor. Students contribute to the production of a class electronic publication. Prerequisite: WRT 1020. 
      WRT 4000   Rhetorical Theory & Criticism COM/WRT*) 4 s.h.  Survey of Western rhetorical theory from Classical times to the present; analysis and criticism of major theoretical and philosophical concepts concerning persuasion in speaking and writing. The influence of rhetoric on political, social, and individual thought and action. 
      JRN Choice    
         JRN 2050   Public Relations Writing 3 s.h.  Acquaints student with functions of public relations in our society and explains basic theories and principles in publicity writing and placement. 
         JRN 2860   Editorial Writing & Feature Writing 3 s.h.  Study of writing of newspaper features; principles and ethics of editorial judgment; the means of persuasion; nature, structure, and function of the editorial; editorial page layout and content; writing of opinion articles. Prerequisite: JRN 1320 or departmental approval. 
      WRT Choice    
         WRT 2440   Technical Writing 3 s.h.  Theory and application of technical writing principles. Topics include an introduction to the technical communication environment, ethical and legal considerations, the basics of writing and analyzing technical documents, collaborative writing, and design principles for documents and Web sites. Students create a variety of technical documents for inclusion in their final e-portfolios. Prerequisite: WRT 1020 or equivalent. 
         WRT 3260   Business & Professional Writing (BUS/WRT*) 3 s.h.  A study of the strategies and stylistic devices which lead to clear, concise, and complete business writing. Various types of business letters, memoranda, proposals, and reports are examined and developed. Prerequisite: ENG 1020. 
      Electives                 (8 s.h. to be chosen)    
         AGE 4000   Proposal Writing and Grant Administration(AGE*/EM/SOC) 2 s.h.  The basic skills needed to develop and write a successful proposal to compete for funds from sources outside the control of the organization or agency. Topics include generating program ideas, researching funding sources, utilizing contacts, basic proposal format, self-funding, understanding the politics of grants, and the administration of and accounting for funds. 
         BCA 1010   Survey of Broadcast, Film & Digital Media (BCA*/JRN) 3 s.h.  An overview of the telecommunications industry, its technical and economic nature, and its consideration as both a product of social forces and as a social force itself. 
         BCA 3030   Writing for Radio, TV, & Film (BCA*/JRN) 3 s.h.  Theory and practice of writing scripts for radio, television, and film. Introduction to the techniques of storytelling, storyboarding, production tracking, and budgeting. Prerequisite: BCA 2610 or permission of instructor. 
         COM 2140   Argumentation & Persuasion 3 s.h.  The study of argument as a process of inquiry and advocacy and the communicative means to change attitudes, beliefs, behaviors, as well as motivate people to action. Practical experience in: evidence, analysis and reasoning; organization and case-building; refutation and cross-examination; and audience analysis. Students apply theory to a variety of topics and contexts. 
         ENG 2950   Critical Writing & Literary Analysis 4 s.h.  A study and practice of the methods used to analyze the contents of a literary work; a review of major themes and schools of literary criticism. Prerequisite: ENG 1020. 
         JRN 1320   News Reporting (JRN*/WRT) 3 s.h.  Organization of the modern newspaper; news values and news sources; structures of the news story; practical training in gathering and writing typical news stories. 
         JRN 2050   Public Relations Writing 3 s.h.  Acquaints student with functions of public relations in our society and explains basic theories and principles in publicity writing and placement. 
         JRN 2860   Editorial Writing & Feature Writing 3 s.h.  Study of writing of newspaper features; principles and ethics of editorial judgment; the means of persuasion; nature, structure, and function of the editorial; editorial page layout and content; writing of opinion articles. Prerequisite: JRN 1320 or departmental approval. 
         JRN 3570   Editing and Design 3 s.h.  Principles of editing, headline writing, page design, use of graphics in print and digital publications. May include an academic service-learning experience. Prerequisite: JRN 1320 or departmental approval. 
         JRN 4010   Mass Communication (BCA/COM/JRN*) 3 s.h.  Theory of behavior in communications in general and the mass media in particular. The design and evaluation of public opinion studies and research topics in communications with emphasis on the effects that the various media have had on consumers. Required for students seeking teaching certification with a Journalism and Public Relations minor. 
         MIS 2850   Web Design for Business Applications 3 s.h.  Study of the evolution, design, and development of Internet web sites. An introduction to HTML coding and the use of GUI software for the development and maintenance of web sites and web pages. Investigation and determination of what constitutes an acceptable web site. Prerequisite: CIS 2380 or permission of the department. 
         WRT 2440   Technical Writing 3 s.h.  Theory and application of technical writing principles. Topics include an introduction to the technical communication environment, ethical and legal considerations, the basics of writing and analyzing technical documents, collaborative writing, and design principles for documents and Web sites. Students create a variety of technical documents for inclusion in their final e-portfolios. Prerequisite: WRT 1020 or equivalent. 
         WRT 3100   Advanced Composition 3 s.h.  Advanced study and application of the rhetorical elements of invention, form, and style in nonfiction writing. Emphasis on strategy and style in appealing to a variety of audiences. Class meetings include writers’ workshop format. Prerequisite: WRT 1020. 
         WRT 3250   Writing Creative Nonfiction 4 s.h.  Exploration of the craft of creative nonfiction, concentrating on rhetorical features and borrowings from other literary genres. Writing memoir, poetic essays, literary journalism, essays of place, or literary approaches to narrative in scientific writing. Students share work in progress and render feedback on the work in progress of others. Prerequisite: WRT 2050. 
         WRT 3260   Business & Professional Writing (BUS/WRT*) 3 s.h.  A study of the strategies and stylistic devices which lead to clear, concise, and complete business writing. Various types of business letters, memoranda, proposals, and reports are examined and developed. Prerequisite: ENG 1020. 
         WRT 3490   Publication Software for Technical Writers 3 s.h.  In-depth learning in the use of technical communication software with multi-channel, multi-device publishing capabilities: developing standards-compliant content, publishing this content in various formats, working collaboratively on writing projects, incorporating images, and adding demos and simulations. Students create a variety of technical documents, using principles and strategies learned in the technical writing course sequence, for inclusion in their final e-portfolios. Prerequisite: WRT 3440. 
         WRT 4750   Topics in Writing 1 s.h. (Not To Exceed 4 s.h.)  Advanced writing experience focusing on a single genre. Includes writing experience, the study of professional texts, participation in small-group writing workshops, and individual conferences with instructor. May be repeated in new topic for credit. Prerequisite: WRT 2050 or departmental approval. 
         WRT 4910   Cooperative Education 1 s.h. (Not To Exceed 4 s.h.)  On-campus or on-the-job experience (paid) with professional writing assignments. Includes bi-monthly discussion of co-op experiences with peers and regularly scheduled consultations with the instructor. Prerequisite: WRT 3440. 
         WRT 4930   Practicum 3 s.h.  On-campus or on-the-job experience (unpaid) with professional writing assignments. Includes bi-monthly discussion of co-op experiences with peers and regularly scheduled consultations with the instructor. Prerequisite: WRT 3440. 
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