Professional Writing & Communication

Associate of Arts Course of Study

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Recommended basic skills standards are

Professional writing is the integration of creativity, technology, and problem solving. The ability to communicate in a variety of formats to a variety of audiences for a variety of purposes is a widely sought skill in the marketplace. Students who pursue an emphasis in professional writing particularly when coupled with another major or minor will be highly competitive for careers in education, business and the arts.

Professional Writing majors interested in technical writing, creative writing or journalism should contact their four-year transfer institution for recommendations concerning elective courses. Please note that some four-year colleges will only accept one technical writing or creative writing course in transfer.

Courses marked with an asterisk [*] are not currently offered at PPCC.

Written Communication

Six (6) credit hours

GT-CO1: ENG 121

English Composition I: CO1

3

and

 

 

 

GT-CO2: ENG 122

English Composition II: CO2

3

 

 

 

OR

 

 

 

 

 

GT-CO2: ENG 122

English Composition II: CO2

(3)

and

 

 

 

GT-CO3: ENG 201

English Composition III: CO3

(3)

Oral Communication

Three (3) credit hours

COM 115

Public Speaking

3

or

 

 

 

COM 125

Interpersonal Communication

(3)

or

 

 

 

COM 220

Intercultural Communication: SS3

(3)

Mathematics

Three (3) credit hours minimum (credit hours over three [3] will be applied to the electives category). Full list of requirements.

Art and Humanities / Social and Behavioral Sciences

Eighteen (18) credit hours. Full list of requirements.

Two guaranteed transfer Arts & Humanities courses from two different areas (AH1, AH2, AH3 or AH4)

Two guaranteed transfer Social & Behavioral Sciences courses from two different areas (SS1, SS2, or SS3)

One guaranteed transfer course from History (HI1)

One additional course from Arts & Humanities or Social and Behavioral Sciences (AH1, AH2, AH3, AH4, HI1, SS1, SS2, or SS3)

Suggested Courses

GT-AH1

ART 110

Art Appreciation: AH1

3

ART 111

Art History Ancient to Medieval: AH1

3

ART 112

Art History Renaissance to 1900: AH1

3

THE 105

Introduction to Theater Arts: AH1

3

GT-AH2

HUM 121

Early Civilizations: AH2

3

HUM 122

Medieval to Modern: AH2

3

HUM 123

The Modern World: AH2

3

LIT 115

Introduction to Literature: AH2

3

LIT 201

World Literature to 1600: AH2

3

LIT 202

World Literature after 1600: AH2

3

LIT 221

British Literature to 1770: AH2

3

LIT 222

British Literature since 1770: AH2

3

GT-AH3

PHI 111

Introduction to Philosophy: AH3

3

PHI 112

Ethics: AH3

3

PHI 113

Logic: AH3

3

GT-SS1

ECO 201

Principles of Macroeconomics: SS1

3

ECO 202

Principles of Microeconomics: SS1

3

GT-SS3

JOU 105

Introduction to Mass Media: SS3

3

PSY 101

General Psychology I: SS3

3

PSY 102

General Psychology II: SS3

3

SOC 101

Introduction to Sociology I: SS3

3

SOC 102

Introduction to Sociology II: SS3

3

GT-HI1

HIS 101

Western Civilization: Antiquity-1650: HI1

3

HIS 102

Western Civilization: 1650-Present: HI1

3

HIS 121

U.S. History to Reconstruction: HI1

3

HIS 122

U.S. History since the Civil War: HI1

3

Natural and Physical Sciences

Seven (7) credit hours. Two (2) guaranteed transfer courses including at least one (1) lab course (SC1, SC2*). Additional credit hours over seven (7) will be applied to the electives category. Full list of requirements.

Electives

Twenty-three (23) credit hours selected from the AA approved course list.

Suggested Courses

ENG 131

Technical Writing I

3

ENG 132

Technical Writing II

3

ENG 221

Creative Writing I

3

ENG 222

Creative Writing II

3

ENG 227

Poetry Writing

3

ENG 230

Creative Non-Fiction

3

ENG 231

Literary Magazine

3

JOU 105

Introduction to Mass Media: SS3

3

JOU 106

Fundamentals of Reporting

3

JOU 215

Publications Production & Design

3

JOU 241

Feature and Magazine Writing

3

Total Credit Hours

60