There are 3 sets of requirements for finishing a B.A. from Michigan State University in Professional Writing:
Professional Writing Major requirements
Four core courses:
WRA 202 – Introduction to Professional Writing
Basic principles of rhetoric and composition applied to professional writing. Page design, definition of the field, research tools and practices, genres and conventions, and professional style.
WRA 210 – Introduction to Web Authoring
Analyzing, evaluating, and authoring Web sites. Principles of design rhetoric. Practices of Web accessibility.
WRA 260 – Rhetoric, Persuasion, and Culture
Rhetorical analysis of consumer, corporate, organizational, and popular cultures appropriate to professional settings.
WRA 360 – Visual Rhetoric
Visual literacy, design, and rhetoric. Effects of visual elements in print and online documents. Intensive writing and design.
Three courses in one of three tracks:
Digital & Technical Writing
WRA 320 Technical Writing
WRA 415 Digital Rhetoric
one of the following:
WRA 225 Introduction to Multimedia Writing
WRA 410 Advanced Web Authoring
WRA 420 Content Management
Editing & Publishing
WRA 370 Introduction to Grammar & Style
WRA 380 Managing Large-Scale Publication Projects
WRA 470 Editing & Publishing
Communities & Cultures
WRA 330 Research in Communities & Cultures
WRA 331 Writing in the Public Interest
WRA 453 Grant & Proposal Writing
One of the following two capstone courses:
WRA 455 Portfolio Seminar
WRA 493 Internship in Professional Writing
Three elective courses in Professional Writing.
We also offer the following courses:
WRA 308 Invention in Writing
WRA 341 Nature, Environmental, & Travel Writing
WRA 355 Writing for Publication Workshop
WRA 395 Writing Center Theory & Practice
WRA 425 Advanced Multimedia Writing
WRA 482 Information & Interactive Design