Sample Degree Pathway for English - Journalism and Professional Writing Concentration


For students entering in fall 2014 to spring 2015.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester

Course # Course Name Cr.
ENGL.1010 (Gen. Ed.) College Writing I 3
MATH.xxxx (Gen. Ed.) Math (MATH.1110/1510 recommended)
3
xxxx.xxxx Language Culture 1
3
xxxx.xxxx (Gen. Ed.) SS (Social Science)
3
xxxx.xxxx Free or Minor Elective
3
FAHS.1090 First Year Seminar3 1
Total 16

Spring Semester

Course # Course Name Cr.
ENGL.1020 (Gen. Ed.) College Writing II 3
xxxx.xxxx (Gen. Ed.) Science I w/lab
3/4
xxxx.xxxx Language Culture 2
3
xxxx.xxxx (Gen. Ed.) AH (Art Humanities) 3
ENGL.2000 Critical Methods
3
Total 15/16

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

Course # Course Name Cr.
ENGL.2270 Essay Writing for Majors
3
xxxx.xxxx (Gen. Ed.) AH (Arts/Humanities) 3
xxxx.xxxx (Gen. Ed.) Science II w/lab 3/4
xxxx.xxxx Language 3 or WRtrack4 3
xxxx.xxxx Free or Minor Elective
3
Total 15/16

Spring Semester

Course # Course Name Cr.
ENGL.3xxx Theory/Composition/Language2
3
ENGL.3/4xxx Writing Elective2 3
xxxx.xxxx (Gen. Ed.) SS (Social Science) 3
xxxx.xxxx (Gen. Ed.) AH (Arts/Humanities)
3
xxxx.xxxx Language 4 or WRtrack4
3
Total 15

Junior Year

Fall Semester

Course # Course Name Cr.
ENGL.3/4xxx Writing Elective2
3
ENGL.3/4xxx Writing Elective2
3
ENGL.3/4xxx Literature Elective1
3
xxxx.xxxx (Gen. Ed.) Science III (non-lab)
3
xxxx.xxxx WRtrack4 or Free Elective
3
Total 15

Spring Semester

Course # Course Name Cr.
ENGL.3/4xxx Writing Elective2
3
ENGL.3/4xxx Literature Elective1
3
ENGL.3/4xxx Optional English or Free Elect.
3
xxxx.xxxx (Gen. Ed.) SS (Social Science)
3
xxxx.3/4xxx Free or Minor Elective
3
Total 15

Senior Year

Fall Semester

Course # Course Name Cr.
ENGL.4230/4xxx Shakespeare 1/Capstone2
3
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
Total 15

Spring Semester

Course # Course Name Cr.
ENGL.4xxx/4240 Capstone2/Shakespeare 2
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

A minimum of 36 credits, appropriately distributed, is required in English department courses. Students may not exceed the maximum of 45 credits of English department courses (not counting College Writing I II). At least 75 credits must be earned outside of the major.

  • In order to graduate, students must earn a 2.2 grade point average in their English department requirements. See a list of required courses and electives below.
  • Students must complete 15 credits of advanced writing courses; 9 credits of literature electives; Essay Writing/Intro. To Prof. Writing (ENGL.2270/2390); 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 Diversity requirement. Students should see their advisers for the department's list of approved courses.
  • Not counting required courses, such as Essay Writing for Majors, students may not take more than two courses at the 2000 level.

1Literature electives are listed below.
2See list of options for writing electives, Theory/Composition/Language, capstone, and portfolio requirements below.
3Required of all freshmen.
4World Ready Language Track (WRtrack) requires successful completion of the Beginning 1 and 2 courses of a language and 3 courses related to the history/government/literature/culture of that same country. (15 credits)

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

Refer to the General Education website for General Education requirements.

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.2390/2270 Introduction to Professional Writing / Essay Writing for English Majors (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
    OR
  • ENGL.4240 Shakespeare 2

Three optional free English electives may be taken (0-9 credits):

Optional additional English courses may be taken in literature, theatre, or writing.

Not counting the required courses ENGL.2270 ENGL.2000, students may not take more than two courses at the 2000 level.

At least one English course must fulfill the department's Diversity requirement.

Last updated: 10/26/2017