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Degree Options


The Professional Writing Program offers full and part-time degree programs leading to an Honours Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree, which requires the successful completion of 120 credits. The program also offers a Specialized Honours 120-credit degree, which combines a study of English and Professional Writing.


Combined Degree Programs

Professional Writing can be combined as an Honours Double Major, or as the major in an Honours Major/Minor program, with most other disciplines in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies. You can also combine Professional Writing as an Honours Double Major or Major/Minor program with the Faculties of Environmental Studies, Fine Arts, Health, Science or Engineering.


Professional Writing students are encouraged to consider a second Major or a Minor in order to gain knowledge and background in a particular subject that will serve as a valuable complement to the understanding and skills gained through the Professional Writing Program.

 

 

Prior to Fall 2015/2016
Honours BA Program

Professional Writing Program (PRWR) students will take 48 credits in the major, including the following: 1000-level (9 credits)

  • AP/WRIT 1003 6.0 (Y) Professional Writing: An Introduction
  • AP/WRIT 1004 3.0 (F) Reseach for Professional Writers

2000-level (15 credits)

  • AP/WRIT 2003 6.0 (Y)
  • AP/WRIT 2004 3.0
  • AP/PRWR 2006 3.0 Fundamentals of Editing
  • AP/PRWR 2007 3.0 Rhetoric: Strategy and Application

3000-level (15 credits)

4000-level (12 credits)


Honours (Double Major) BA Program

The Honours PRWR BA program described above may be pursued jointly with any other Honours bachelor's degree program in the Faculty of LA&PS, or with programs in the Faculties of Environmental Studies, Fine Arts, Health or the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

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Honours (Specialized) BA Program - ENPR

The Specialized Honours Degree in English and Professional Writing (ENPR) requires 78 credits in the major. The specialized nature of this program lies in the blending of English and Professional Writing into a single degree program that highlights and enhances the relationship between the two fields of study. Such a degree option will provide students with a course of study that is more coherent and viable than an English and Professional Writing double major or major/minor, degrees in which the two fields are treated as separate rather than complementary areas of study.

1000-level (15 credits)

  • AP/WRIT/EN/HUMA 1700 9.0 (Y) Process and Practice (note: counts as 6 credits towards the major)
  • AP/PRWR 1007 3.0 (F) Rhetoric
  • AP/EN 1001 3.0 (F) Introduction to Literary Study
  • AP/EN 1002 3.0 (W) Intertextualities

2000-level (18 credits)

  • AP/WRIT 2720 6.0 (Y) Prose: Style & Argument
  • AP/WRIT 2300 3.0 (Y) Writer's Introduction to Research
  • AP/WRIT 2710 3.0 (F) Grammar and Proofreading
  • six (6) credits from 2000-level AP/EN courses, not in Professional Writing

Note: students may complete a maximum of six (6) credits from the 2200 series of AP/EN courses for major credit in English and Professional Writing.

3000- and 4000-level (18-24 credits)

  • PRWR stream required courses (15 credits)
  • six (6) credits in 3000-level AP/EN courses, not in Professional Writing
  • twelve (12) credits in 4000-level AP/EN courses, not in Professional Writing

English Curriculum Area/Category Requirements in the ENPR Program

Students who began this program prior to FW 09/10 will continue to follow the old English curriculum. Students beginning this program as of FW 09/10, must follow the new English Dept. curriculum.

Under the old curriculum (prior to FW 09/10), all English courses (above the 1000 level) were placed in seven areas. Please consult the English Department's calendar for a listing of courses by area. Students following the old curriculum must complete courses from three of the areas (other than area 7) as follows:

  • at least six (6) credits chosen from area 4.1 or 4.2 at the 3000 or 4000 level
  • nine (9) credits chosen from two areas other than areas 4.1, 4.2 or 7, including at least six (6) credits from one of area 1, area 2, area 3, area 4.3, area 5 or area 6

Students following the new English curriculum must complete the required number of credits from the new curricular categories as follows:

  • Six (6) credits at the 2000 level from Categories A, B or C
  • Six (6) credits at the 3000 level from Category C - British
  • Six (6) credits at the 4000 level from Categories A or B
  • Six (6) credits at the 4000 level from Category C
 
Honours (Double Major) Interdisciplinary BA Programs

The Honours PRWR BA program described above may be linked with any Honours (Double Major) Interdisciplinary BA program in the Faculty of LA&PS. Students must take the 51 required credits in Professional Writing and at least 36 credits in the interdisciplinary program. Courses taken to meet Professional Writing requirements cannot also be used to meet the requirements of the interdisciplinary program. Students in these interdisciplinary programs must take a total of at least 18 credits at the 4000 level, including at least 12 credits in Professional Writing and 6 credits in the interdisciplinary program. For further details about requirements, see the listings for specific Honours (Double Major) Interdisciplinary BA programs in the Faculty of LA&PS undergraduate calendar.

Honours (Major/Minor) BA Program

The Honours PRWR BA program described above may be pursued jointly with any Honours minor bachelor's degree program in the Faculties of LA&PS, Environmental Studies, Fine Arts or Health, or combined with a minor in Biology, Chemistry, or Physics & Astronomy in the Faculty of Pure and Applied Science. See the listings for specific Honours (Major/Minor) BA programs in the Faculty of LA&PS undergraduate calendar.

Streams
Book Stream

The book stream provides an opportunity to develop enhanced understanding of the history of books and book publishing, and to acquire practical skills in the field through courses in book design, editing, copy-editing, and graphics.

Required courses in the Book stream:

  • AP/WRIT3720 6.0 Books and Bookmaking
  • AP/WRIT 3730 3.0 Substantive Editing
  • AP/PRWR 3910 3.0 The Mechanics of Style
  • AP/PRWR 3720 3.0 Fundamentals of Editing
  • AP/WRIT 4721 6.0 Book Publishing Practicum
  • AP/WRIT 4720 6.0 Print Culture & the History of the Book  or
  • AP/EN/WRIT/PRWR 4722 6.0 Editing Shakespeare

Periodical Stream

In the Periodical stream, students investigate the primary genres within the publication of periodicals (both newspapers and magazines), and develop practical expertise in such areas as editing, research for reporting, and the production of feature articles and special issues.

Required courses in the periodical stream:

  • AP/WRIT 3730 3.0 Substantive Editing
  • Either AP/WRIT 3700 6.0 Introduction to Periodical Writing or AP/EN 3180 6.0 Literary Nonficton.
  • AP/PRWR 3710 3.0 Research Methods for Reporting
  • AP/PRWR 3720 3.0 Fundamentals of Editing
  • AP/WRIT 4701 3.0 Periodical Writing: Theory & Ethics
  • AP/WRIT 4700 6.0 The Special Issue
  • three (3) additional credits chosen from:
    • AP/WRIT 4750 3.0 Oral Traditions and Professional Writing - NOT being offered.
    • AP/WRIT 4752 3.0 Reading the News: Examining the Rhetoric of the Press

Institutional Communications Stream

The institutional communications stream offers concentrated study of the forms of writing practiced in such institutional settings as corporations and governments, as well as the development of skills in presentation strategies, net-based communications, and document design.

Required courses in the Institutional Communications stream:

  • AP/WRIT 3710 6.0 Introduction to Institutional Writing
  • AP/PRWR 3720 3.0 Fundamentals of Editing
  • AP/PRWR 3810 3.0 Digesting Technical Information
  • AP/PRWR 3820 3.0 Workshop in Presentation Strategies
  • AP/PRWR 4800 3.0 Advanced Workshop 1: Visual Information and Document Design
  • AP/PRWR 4801 3.0 Advanced Workshop 2: Multi-Media Practices
  • AP/WRIT 4710 3.0 The Ethics of Publicity
  • AP/WRIT 4711 3.0 Practical Studies in Damage Control

Program Requirements 2014/15

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Checklists prior to 2015/16