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Professional Writing

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

The Professional Writing major prepares students for professional writing in the 21st Century.

The close faculty to student interaction helps students prepare for a wide variety of professional fields that require critical thinking, creativity, and technical expertise in writing for publication. The major offers students the opportunity to hone their skills in virtual, visual, and written texts. Students analyze an audience, purpose, and context and create powerful written and visual responses. This program helps students acquire research strategies to give their writing depth and strength. Using diverse mediums, students create personal blogs, website and social media content, and instructional materials, and publish projects in digital and traditional environments.

Students develop sophisticated rhetorical, analytic, and research skills while completing real-world projects for academic and professional success. Students create a portfolio of polished, publishable work that they can share with potential employers.

Course Requirements

Code Course Name Credits
BIO109 Biology I 4

This course will examine basic concepts of cellular biology, developmental biology, genetic variation and heredity, and evolution. Laboratory sessions will involve mitosis, embryology, heredity and recombinant DNA technology, and biochemical evolution. (Lab fee: $35)

CMS310 Writing for the Media 3

This course provides students with an overview of the writing process involved in the creation of content for both traditional and new media. Students will learn the stylistic differences inherent in the construction of news stories, ad copy, marketing pieces, etc. Concurrently, they will analyze specific target audiences in order to achieve clearly formulated rhetorical objectives. Through lecture, discussion, and projects, students will gain an understanding of the varied contexts within traditional media, such as TV, radio, newspapers, and magazines, along with the changing trends found in newer forms of media, such as e-zines, blogs, and podcasts. Social media such as My Space and Facebook will also be included. Prerequisite: ENG124

CMS320 Citizen Journalism on the Web 3

This course is a survey of three dynamically intersecting new types of journalism: civic, citizen and convergent. Students will explore why these types have arisen, how they may contrast with, be co-opted by and effect big media journalism. In addition, students will be instructed in the basics of civic, citizen and convergent reporting, and practice such through production of an online news site.

COM111 Computer Applic. I 3

Computer Applications I This course uses a hands-on approach to have students explore computer hardware and software concepts. Students will identify and explain the principle components of computers and their use. They will utilize a Graphical User Interface Windows environment to handle basic commands and functions via the toolbars; work with drives, folders, and files; and manage disks. Students will define and apply the four basic computer operations of input, processing, output, and storage, using hardware and software application devices for documentation creation and production. Students will use Microsoft Word to create and format correspondence, tabulations, and reports. Students will use Microsoft PowerPoint to plan, design, and create professional and colorful screen presentations, overhead transparencies, outlines, speakers notes, and audience handouts. Students will also be introduced to the Internets search engines, bookmarks, and digital library.

ENG114 Critical Reading & Response 3

This course introduces the integration of communication skills essential for effective reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college level. In this writing intensive course, students develop composition skills to produce collegiate-level papers modeling rhetorical modes and thematic content in addition to strategies for reading complex texts; presentation skills for personal introductions, verbal summaries of readings and response writings, and peer review of papers; and basic technological skills for word processing, e-mail, and introductory-level online research.

ENG124 Research & Writing in the Disciplines 3

In this course students will apply the practices for effective reading and writing introduced in ENG 114 to the distinctive language and forms of various disciplines. This course lays the foundation for academic and professional research and stresses the use of appropriate and effective information sources. Readings for a variety of academic audiences will provide students with strategies to communicate in the sciences, business and technology, psychology, liberal studies, and the social sciences. Research and documentation skills appropriate to the disciplines are stressed. In addition to leading students through the research process from start to finish, this course will examine the many ramifications of academic honesty. Prerequisite: ENG 114

ENG134 Literary Genres 3

Selected readings in fiction, poetry, and drama introduce the student to literary types and techniques. These readings provide a basis for collegiate-level discussion, analysis, and the development of critical judgment. Building on the communications and research skills from earlier courses in the sequence, this course emphasizes continued practice in writing, and students complete a documented research paper using primary and secondary sources as one of the course writing assignments. Discussions and oral presentations based on assigned literature support the overall goal of the sequence: to enhance the advancement of the students, first academically and then professionally. Prerequisite: ENG 114

ENG204 Creative Writing 3

This will be a forum for experimentation. Students will read Janet Burroway's "Writing Fiction" to learn about fiction, and also how to produce publishable pieces of fiction. In addition to reading traditional short stories, students will explore some of the demands associated with different genres of writing: children's books, young-adult literature, fantasy, mystery, ghost stories, and romance. The class will also include in-depth critiques of student writing.

ENG320 Technical and Grant Writing 3

Students master the fundamentals of persuasive technical ang grant writing by translating complex information into easily understood visual and written texts. Students complete a real-world project that requires them to analyze the audience, purpose, and context. They conduct primary and secondary resarch, choose the most effective format, write and revise the copy, develop the visual layout, and select and use an appropriate publishing medium. They provide feedback to peers and engage in a collaborative writing process to carry their projects from start to finish. Prereq: ENG124

ENG400 Professional Writing 3

In this course students create a personal, professional website and publish their best work. They work collaboratively with their peers to polish and strengthen projects and other writing that they wish to share with employers and the world. Students publish a blog as part of their website that demonstrates their professional writing abilities and flexibility. Students master sophisticated rhetorical, analytic, and research skills while completing this culminating, real-world project and publishing their work. Prereq: ENG320 and Senior Status

HIS114 United States to 1870 3

A topical and chronological survey of American history from the time of European settlement through the Civil War and Reconstruction. Emphasis will be placed on historical methodology, interpretive skills, and oral and written expression. Topics to be covered include the impact of settlement on native peoples, slavery, the development of American identity, the creation of an independent government, and the threat posed by the Civil War. Offered in the fall semester

HIS315 Contemporary America 3

This course will take an in-depth look at political, cultural, and social trends within the United States from the end of World War II to the present. It will begin with Americas post-war patterns of consumer economics, Cold War politics and mass culture expressiveness, and trace transformations to the present. Class meetings will mix lecture, discussion, and multimedia formats. Prerequisite: Junior or senior status

MAT112 Applied College Mathematics 3

This course is designed for diverse students to acquire a solid foundation in non-calculus mathematics. It uses practical mathematics to develop problem solving and analytical skills. Topics include linear equations, linear inequalities, matrix and its application, linear programming, and the simplex method. Prerequisite: MAT 104 or appropriate placement test score

PSY101 Introduction to Psychology 1 3

This course provides a basic foundation in psychology by introducing numerous psychological perspectives as explanations for human behavior and mental processes. Basic neurophysiology, consciousness, learning, personality theories, psychological disorders, and current interventions are discussed. This course is a prerequisite for all other psychology courses

WEL100 Women as Empowered Learners & Leaders 3

Women as Empowered Learners and Leaders is an interdisciplinary course, designed to give all students entering Bay Path University a common experience and foundation for their education. This course is an introduction to the University, to academic study, and to various approaches to thinking about personal potential, to understand the process of becoming a learner, and a leader, and composing a life, to appreciate beauty, and work actively toward establishing community and justice in the context of being a woman at the beginning of the 21st century.

WEL310 Strategies for Career and Personal Growth 1

(This course is graded Pass/Fail.) In their junior year before the opening of the spring semester, baccalaureate degree students will be offered a special opportunity to learn up-to-date information about the current work world in an intensive two-and-a-half-day workshop format. Students will meet successful professionals who will discuss the challenges and opportunities of their respective fields and help students prepare for interviews as well as learn how to navigate the early stages of their new careers.

WEL400 WELL in Practice 3

By WEL400, you will be ready to blend all the skills you have learned during the WELL program—leadership, critical thinking, research, writing, analysis, and public presentation—with a community service project. Empathy, respect, and tolerance are the core human values that are stressed. It’s what every good leader needs to confidently show the way.