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 NameCr.
ENGL.1010(Gen. Ed.) College Writing I3
MATH.xxxx(Gen. Ed.) Math (MATH.1110 / MATH.1510 recommended)
3
xxxx.xxxxLanguage Culture 1
3
xxxx.xxxx(Gen. Ed.) SS (Social Science)
3
xxxx.xxxxFree or Minor Elective
3
FAHS.1090First Year Seminar31
Total16

Spring Semester

Course #Course NameCr.
ENGL.1020(Gen. Ed.) College Writing II3
xxxx.xxxx(Gen. Ed.) Science I w/lab
3/4
xxxx.xxxxLanguage Culture 2
3
xxxx.xxxx(Gen. Ed.) AH (Art Humanities)3
ENGL.2000Critical Methods
3
Total15/16

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

Course #Course NameCr.
ENGL.2270Essay Writing for Majors
3
xxxx.xxxx(Gen. Ed.) AH (Arts/Humanities)3
xxxx.xxxx(Gen. Ed.) Science II w/lab3/4
xxxx.xxxxLanguage 3 or WRtrack43
xxxx.xxxxFree or Minor Elective
3
Total15/16

Spring Semester

Course #Course NameCr.
ENGL.3xxxTheory/Composition/Language2
3
ENGL.3/4xxxWriting Elective23
xxxx.xxxx(Gen. Ed.) SS (Social Science)3
xxxx.xxxx(Gen. Ed.) AH (Arts/Humanities)
3
xxxx.xxxxLanguage 4 or WRtrack4
3
Total15

Junior Year

Fall Semester

Course #Course NameCr.
ENGL.3/4xxxWriting Elective2
3
ENGL.3/4xxxWriting Elective2
3
ENGL.3/4xxxLiterature Elective1
3
xxxx.xxxx(Gen. Ed.) Science III (non-lab)
3
xxxx.xxxxWRtrack4 or Free Elective
3
Total15

Spring Semester

Course #Course NameCr.
ENGL.3/4xxxWriting Elective2
3
ENGL.3/4xxxLiterature Elective1
3
ENGL.3/4xxxOptional English or Free Elect.
3
xxxx.xxxx(Gen. Ed.) SS (Social Science)
3
xxxx.3/4xxxFree or Minor Elective
3
Total15

Senior Year

Fall Semester

Course #Course NameCr.
ENGL.4230 /
ENGL.4xxx
Shakespeare 1 / Capstone2
3
ENGL.3/4xxxWriting Elective2
3
ENGL.3/4xxxOptional English or Free Elect.
3
xxxx.xxxxFree or Minor Elective
3
xxxx.xxxxFree or Minor Elective
3
Total15

Spring Semester

Course #Course NameCr.
ENGL.4xxx /
ENGL.4240
Capstone/ Shakespeare 2
3
ENGL.3/4xxxOptional English or Free Elect.
3
xxxx.xxxxFree or Minor Elective
3
xxxx.xxxxFree or Minor Elective
3
xxxx.xxxxFree or Minor Elective
3
Total15

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 / ENGL.2390); Critical Methods (ENGL.2000); Shakespeare 1 or 2 (ENGL.4230 / ENGL.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 / ENGL.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):

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).

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

One of the following is required (3 credits):

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