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English - Rhetoric and Professional Writing Option

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English - Rhetoric and Professional Writing Option (120 Credits)

Requirements in this degree are a core of eighteen hours of 300-400-level classes, eighteen hours of electives from the list of approved courses, with the option of six credits – with the approval of advisor – of any English or Humanities course at any level.
First Year
First TermCredits
Humanities [HUM]13
Quantitative Reasoning [QUAN]3
Social Sciences [SSCI]3
Foreign Language, if necessary, or Elective4
Second TermCredits
Arts [ARTS]3
Foreign Language, if necessary, and/or Electives9
Second Year
First TermCredits
Arts [ARTS], Humanities [HUM], or Social Sciences [SSCI]3
Biological Sciences [BSCI] with lab or SCIENCE 101 [SCI]24
Humanities Elective13
Second TermCredits
Diversity [DIVR]3
ENGLISH 370, 371, 372, or 3733
Physical Sciences [PSCI] with lab or SCIENCE 102 [SCI]24
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermCredits
English 302 [M]3
300-400-level Rhetoric / Professional Writing Electives36
Second TermCredits
300-400-level Rhetoric / Professional Writing Electives36
Fourth Year
First TermCredits
300-400-level Rhetoric / Professional Writing Electives36
300-400-level Electives6
Complete English Portfolio
Second TermCredits
ENGLISH 460 [M] or 461 [M]43
Integrative Capstone [CAPS]3

1Humanities Electives: At least one from HUMANITY 101, 103, 302 [M], 303, 304, 335, 350, 410, or 450 is required. Upper-division HUMANITY courses are not recommended for first-year students.
2To meet University and College of Arts and Sciences requirements, students must take a [BSCI] course with lab and [PSCI] course with lab or SCIENCE 101 [SCI] and SCIENCE 102 [SCI]. SCIENCE 101 [SCI] is offered Fall semester and is a prerequisite for SCIENCE 102 [SCI]. SCIENCE 102 [SCI] is offered Spring semester.
3Rhetoric / Professional Writing Electives: Choose from AMER ST 475, CES 405, DTC 336, 354, 355 [M], 375 [M], 476, ENGLISH 308 [M], 358, 361, 363, 401, 402 [M], 405, 458, 461 [M], and 495.
4Prerequisite of ENGLISH 402 [M] or 403 [M] required for ENGLISH 461 [M].

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