Sample Degree Pathway for English - Journalism and Professional Writing Concentration


For students who entered fall 2015 and beyond. 

Freshman Year

Fall Semester

Course # Course Name Cr.
ENGL.1010/
HONR.1100
College Writing I/FYSH (CW)
3
MATH.xxxx Math Persp. (MATH) - MATH.1110 (QL) recommended4
3
WLxx.xxxx Language 1 Culture 
3
xxxx.xxxx Social Sciences Persp. (SS)
3
xxxx.xxxx Free or Minor Elective
3
FAHS.1090 First Year Seminar 1
Total 16

Spring Semester

Course # Course Name Cr.
ENGL.1020 College Writing II (CW)
3
xxxx.xxxx Science with/Lab Persp. (SCL)
3/4
WLxx.xxxx Language 2 Culture
3
xxxx.xxxx Arts and Hum. Persp. (AH) 3
xxxx.xxxxx Free Elective or Minor/Major Elective
3
Total 15/16

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

Course # Course Name Cr.
ENGL.2390 Intro to Professional Writing
3
xxxx.xxxx Arts and Hum. Persp. (AH) 3
xxxx.xxxx Science with/Lab Persp. (SCL)
3/4
xxxx.xxxx Language 3 Culture or World Ready Elective1 3
ENGL.2000 Critical Methods
3
Total 15/16

Spring Semester

Course # Course Name Cr.
ENGL.3xxx Writing Elective2
3
ENGL.3/4xxx Literature Elective3 3
xxxx.xxxx Social Sciences Persp. (SS) 3
xxxx.xxxx Arts and Hum. Persp. (AH)
3
xxxx.xxxx Language 4 Culture or World Ready Elective1
3
Total 15

Junior Year

Fall Semester

Course # Course Name Cr.
ENGL.3/4xxx Theory/Composition/Language3 (AIL)
3
ENGL.3/4xxx Writing Elective2
3
ENGL.3/4xxx Writing Elective2
3
xxxx.xxxx STEM Persp. (STEM)
3
xxxx.xxxx World Ready Elective1 or Free Elective
3
Total 15

Spring Semester

Course # Course Name Cr.
ENGL.3/4xxx Writing Elective2
3
ENGL.3/4xxx Literature Elective3 (DCA), (SRE)
3
ENGL.3/4xxx Optional English or Free Elect.
3
xxxx.xxxx Social Sciences Persp. (SS)
3
xxxx.3/4xxx Free or Minor Elective
3
Total 15

Senior Year

Fall Semester

Course # Course Name Cr.
ENGL.4230/4240 Shakespeare 1/Shakespeare 2 (WOC), (IL)
3
ENGL.4xxx Capstone3 (CTPS)
3
ENGL.3/4xxx Optional English or Free Elect.
3
xxxx.xxxx Free or Minor Elective
3
xxxx.xxxx Free or Minor Elective
3
Total 15

Spring Semester

Course # Course Name Cr.
ENGL.3/4xxx Writing Elective2
3
ENGL.3/4xxx Optional English or Free Elect.
3
xxxx.xxxx Free or Minor Elective
3
xxxx.xxxx Free or Minor Elective
3
xxxx.xxxx Free or Minor Elective
3
Total 15

Total Minimum Credits = 120

1World Ready Language Track (WR track) requires successful completion of a two course sequence in a World Language (depending on placement) and three approved courses on the culture/history/literature/film related to that language, but taught in English. (Total of 15 credits.) For detailed information refer to Policies - Language Requirements in the undergraduate catalog.

2See list of options for writing electives.

3See requirements for literature electives, Theory/Composition/Language, capstone, and portfolio requirements below. One literature elective must fulfill the department’s Diverse Traditions requirement. Some students may satisfy the Diverse Traditions requirement with a 2000 level course and should consult with their advisors to be sure that they will also satisfy both the DCA SRE ELOs.

4Quantitative Literacy (QL) is fulfilled outside the English major. The department recommends that all majors take Math.1110 which fulfills both the Math Breadth of Knowledge requirement and the Quantitative Literacy ELO. See QL course listing for a full list of classes that fulfill this requirement.

A minimum of 36 credits, appropriately distributed, is required in English department courses. Students may not exceed the maximum of 54 credits of English department courses (not counting College Writing I II). At least 66 credits must be earned outside of the major.

  • In order to graduate, students must earn a cumulative 2.2 grade point average for all English department courses, with the exception of College Writing I and II.
  • Students must complete 15 credits of advanced writing courses; 9 credits of literature electives; Intro. to Professional Writing (ENGL.2390); Critical Methods (ENGL.2000); Shakespeare 1 or 2 (ENGL.4230/4240); and a 4000 level capstone course or practicum.
  • Majors must take at least one course that fulfills the department's Diverse Traditions requirement. Students should consult the AR in SiS for the department's list of approved courses.

No more than two Breadth of Knowledge courses can be taken with the same prefix. The Core Curriculum courses may be taken in any sequence. Refer to the Core Curriculum website for further details. You should meet with your faculty advisor to determine how you will meet the Core Curriculum requirements.

Current UMass Lowell students should be using their Advisement Report in SiS. If you need assistance, please contact your advisor.

Restriction on off-campus study:

Be advised that any course taken at another institution must be formally approved prior to enrollment. See the catalog policy for details.

Writing Requirements

Two foundation courses are required (6 credits):

  • ENGL.2390 Introduction to Professional Writing (must be completed before taking any advanced writing courses)
  • ENGL.2000 Critical Methods of Literary Inquiry

Five approved writing electives are required (15 credits):

  • ENGL.3000 Introduction to Journalism
  • ENGL.3050 Reviewing the Arts
  • ENGL.3060 Intermediate Professional Writing
  • ENGL.3200 Personal and Reflective Writing
  • ENGL.3210 Community Writing
  • ENGL.3230 Writing About People
  • ENGL.3240 Writing About Place
  • ENGL.3280 Writing About Women
  • ENGL.3680 Feature Writing
  • ENGL.3690 Reading and Writing New Media
  • ENGL.3870 Introduction to Editing Publishing
  • ENGL.3910 Writing on the Job
  • ENGL.3920 Visual Rhetoric
  • ENGL.4020 Topics in Writing
  • ENGL.4060 Community Writing 2
  • ENGL.4080 Principles of Technical Writing
  • ENGL.4370 Newspaper Editing
  • ENGL.4900 Directed Study Writing
  • ENGL.4960 Practicum

One capstone course is required (3 credits):

Any 4000 level writing course on the list above or ENGL.4900 Directed Study in Writing (must be pre-arranged with faculty approval).

Portfolio Requirement:

Students must submit an electronic portfolio of work to a JPW faculty committee in order to graduate. This portfolio should include a resume and cover letter, and substantial written and/or multimedia work created for a public audience, including assignments from relevant coursework, output from extracurricular activities, and work done as part of an internship.

Additional Requirements

Two literature electives are required (6 credits):

Students take at least two 3000/4000 level literature courses (any 3000 or 4000 level literature course qualifies).

  • ENGL.3/4xxx Literature Elective
  • ENGL.3/4xxx Literature Elective

One of the following Theory/Composition/Language courses is required (3 credits):

  • ENGL.3070 History and Development of the English Language
  • ENGL.3080 Analysis of Modern English
  • ENGL.3150 Old English Language and Literature
  • ENGL.3770 Theories of Rhetoric and Composition
  • ENGL.3880 Seminar on Teaching Writing
  • ENGL.3920 Visual Rhetoric
  • ENGL.4290 Introduction to Literary Theory

One of the following is required (3 credits):

  • ENGL.4230 Shakespeare 1
  • ENGL.4240 Shakespeare 2

Optional: Up to six free English electives may be taken (0-18 credits):

Additional English courses (up to six courses within the 54 credit limit) may be taken in literature, theatre, or writing. For students contemplating graduate school in the discipline, additional 3000 or 4000 level writing and literature courses are recommended. Students planning a career in secondary teaching should consider the Undergraduate Seminar on the Teaching of Writing.

Last updated: 10/25/2017