Houston Baptist University Catalog

Professional Writing (WRIT) Course Descriptions


WRIT 3121, 3221, 3321 Special Topics
Prerequisites: ENGL 1313 and 1323.
Topics are determined by the needs and interests of students in the areas of advanced and specialized writing. They include topics not covered in creative or professional writing courses such as advanced creative writing, advanced rhetoric, advanced expository writing, advanced argumentative and persuasive writing, and writing for specific markets.

WRIT 3121, 3221, 3321 Special Topics
Prerequisites: ENGL 1313 and 1323.
Topics are determined by the needs and interests of students in the areas of advanced and specialized writing. They include topics not covered in creative or professional writing courses such as advanced creative writing, advanced rhetoric, advanced expository writing, advanced argumentative and persuasive writing, and writing for specific markets.

WRIT 3303 Elements of Professional Writing
Prerequisites: ENGL 1313, 1323.
This course offers students an overview of different types of writing and the role writing plays in the modern work place. Students evaluate examples of professional writing and selections from mass media, identify fallacious reasoning, use and recognize correct grammatical usage, write and revise a variety of papers. Each student compiles a portfolio representing his or her best work. Each student also interviews a person who writes on the job. NOTE: Students may select this course for credit towards the Professional Writing Specialization in Technical Writing or Rhetoric, and for elective credit towards the Professional Writing Specialization in Creative Writing.

WRIT 3121, 3221, 3321 Special Topics
Prerequisites: ENGL 1320 and 1330.
Topics are determined by the needs and interests of students in the areas of advanced and specialized writing. They include topics not covered in creative or professional writing courses such as advanced creative writing, advanced rhetoric, advanced expository writing, advanced argumentative and persuasive writing, and writing for specific markets.

WRIT 3334 Life Writing
Prerequisites: ENGL 1313 and 1323.
An introduction to the writing of personal history. Students read individual journals, autobiography and autobiographical fiction by a variety of authors from different time periods and of different nationalities, genders, and races. In their own expository writing students incorporate advanced techniques in the areas of description, narration, and analysis and compile a collection of their best works. Students may select this course for elective credit towards the Professional Writing Specialization in Creative Writing and in Rhetoric.

WRIT 3345 Technical Writing
Prerequisites: ENGL 1313, 1323.
This course trains students to write effectively in the modern workplace. Students study audience analysis, document design, graphics and web design. They apply what they have learned by creating a variety of written documents, including email messages, memos, letter, resumes, and reports. Some group work is required as students need to practice collaborative writing and peer review. Students may select this course for credit towards the Professional Writing Specialization in Technical Writing and for elective credit towards the Professional Writing Specialization in Creative Writing.

WRIT 3350, Creative Writing Non-Fiction
Prerequisites: ENGL 1313 and 1323.
This course explores non-fiction prose and its rhetorical elements. Students both read and write creative non-fiction, compiling a reading journal and a writing portfolio of their own essays.

WRIT 3354, Creative Writing - Poetry
Prerequisites: ENGL 1320 and 1330.
An introduction to poetry writing, accomplished through the study and analysis of reputable literary models, followed by production of original poems and discussion of those poems in a workshop format. Note: WRIT 3354 fulfills Smith College credit under Humanities and may be used for the Professional Writing Specialization.

WRIT 3355, Creative Writing - Fiction
Prerequisites: ENGL 1313 and 1323.
An introduction to fiction writing, accomplished through the study and analysis of reputable literary models, followed by production of original short stories and discussion of those stories in a workshop format. Note: WRIT 3355 fulfills Smith College credit under Humanities and may be used toward the Professional Writing Specialization.

WRIT 3356, Playwriting and Screenwriting
Prerequisites: ENGL 1320 and 1330
An introduction to writing for the stage and screen, accomplished through the study and analysis of appropriate models, followed by production of original works and discussion of those works in a workshop format. NOTE: WRIT 3356 fulfills Smith College credit under Humanities. Students may also select this course for credit toward the Professional Writing Specialization, the Writing Major, or the English Major.

WRIT 3381 SPECIAL TOPICS
For course description and prerequisite(s) for this course, please contact the Dean of the School of Fine Arts.

WRIT 3383 Advanced Grammar and Writing
Prerequisites: ENGL 1313 and 1323.
The course includes and overview of the history of the English language. It emphasizes descriptive grammar using sentence diagramming and analysis. The course includes the in-depth study of construction, forms, and usage of words, phrases, clauses, and sentences. Required for teacher certification in Language Arts grades 4-8 and 8-12.

WRIT 4101, 4201, 4301 Writing Internship
Prerequisites: ENGL 1313, 1323; at least 3 hours from WRIT 3303 or 3345; at least a 3.0 GPA in English, an application, and two letters of recommendation to the Intern Selection Committee at least one semester in advance.
Students who excel in English may also enroll at the discretion of the Director of the Writing Specialization Program.This course provides students the opportunity to apply the principles of effective and correct written and oral communication in a professional or academic environment. Students will design, write and edit various documents while working in an approved position on or off campus. Students must complete 40 hours per credit hour.

WRIT 4101, 4201, 4301 Writing Internship
Prerequisites: ENGL 1313, 1323; at least 3 hours from WRIT 3303 or 3345; a 3.0 GPA in English, an application, and two letters of recommendation to the Intern Selection Committee at least one semester in advance.
Students who excel in English may also enroll at the discretion of the Director of the Writing Specialization ProgramThis course provides students the opportunity to apply the principles of effective and correct written and oral communication in a professional or academic environment. Students will design, write and edit various documents while working in an approved position on or off campus. Students must complete 40 hours per credit hour.

WRIT 4281 SPECIAL TOPICS
For course description and prerequisite(s) for this course, please contact the Dean of the School of Fine Arts.

WRIT 4101, 4201, 4301 Writing Internship
Prerequisites: ENGL 1313, 1323; at least 3 hours from WRIT 3303 or 3345; at least a 3.0 GPA in English, an application, and two letters of recommendation to the Intern Selection Committee at least one semester in advance.
Students who excel in English may also enroll at the discretion of the Director of the Writing Specialization ProgramThis course provides students the opportunity to apply the principles of effective and correct written and oral communication in a professional or academic environment. Students will design, write and edit various documents while working in an approved position on or off campus. Students must complete 40 hours per credit hour.

WRIT 4353, 4354, 4355, 4356, 4357, 4358 Advanced Creative Writing Workshop
Prerequisites: ENGL 1313 & ENGL 1323
These courses are designed for advanced students of creative writing and will stress individual instruction and work on creative manuscripts such as a collection of poems or short stories, a novel or full-length play, screenplays, and radio and television scripts. NOTE: WRIT 4353, 4354, 4355, 4356, 4357, and 4358 do not satisfy requirements for the English major.

WRIT 4353, 4354, 4355, 4356, 4357, 4358 Advanced Creative Writing Workshop
Prerequisites: ENGL 1313 & ENGL 1323
These courses are designed for advanced students of creative writing and will stress individual instruction and work on creative manuscripts such as a collection of poems or short stories, a novel or full-length play, screenplays, and radio and television scripts. NOTE: WRIT 4353, 4354, 4355, 4356, 4357, and 4358 do not satisfy requirements for the English major.

WRIT 4353, 4354, 4355, 4356, 4357, 4358 Advanced Creative Writing Workshop
Prerequisites: ENGL 1313 & ENGL 1323
These courses are designed for advanced students of creative writing and will stress individual instruction and work on creative manuscripts such as a collection of poems or short stories, a novel or full-length play, screenplays, and radio and television scripts. NOTE: WRIT 4353, 4354, 4355, 4356, 4357, and 4358 do not satisfy requirements for the English major.

WRIT 4353, 4354, 4355, 4356, 4357, 4358 Advanced Creative Writing Workshop
Prerequisites: ENGL 1313 & ENGL 1323
These courses are designed for advanced students of creative writing and will stress individual instruction and work on creative manuscripts such as a collection of poems or short stories, a novel or full-length play, screenplays, and radio and television scripts. NOTE: WRIT 4353, 4354, 4355, 4356, 4357, and 4358 do not satisfy requirements for the English major.

WRIT 4353, 4354, 4355, 4356, 4357, 4358 Advanced Creative Writing Workshop
Prerequisites: ENGL 1313 & ENGL 1323
These courses are designed for advanced students of creative writing and will stress individual instruction and work on creative manuscripts such as a collection of poems or short stories, a novel or full-length play, screenplays, and radio and television scripts. NOTE: WRIT 4353, 4354, 4355, 4356, 4357, and 4358 do not satisfy requirements for the English major.

WRIT 4358, Advanced Creative Writing Workshop
Prerequisites: ENGL 1313 and 1323
These courses are designed for advanced students of creative writing and will stress individual instruction and work on creative manuscripts such as a collection of poems or short stories, a novel or full-length play, screenplays, and radio and television scripts. NOTE: WRIT 4358 does not satisfy requirements for the English major.

WRIT 4364 Advanced Poetry Writing
Prerequisite: WRIT 3354 or 3355, or permission of the instructor.
This advanced poetry writing course is designed to build upon the groundwork established in WRIT 3354. Class time is spent in the analysis of models - works from the tradition and more recent works in experimental veins - and intensive discussion of student poems. Students may select this course for credit toward the Professional Writing Specialization.

WRIT 4365 Advanced Fiction Writing
Prerequisites: ENGL 1313 and 1323.
This advanced fiction writing course is designed to build upon the groundwork established in WRIT 3355. Class time is spent in the analysis of models - works from the tradition and more recent work in experimental veins - and intensive discussion of student short stories or chapters from novels or novellas. Students may select this course for credit toward the Professional Writing Specialization.

WRIT 4370 Grant Writing
Prerequisites: ENGL 1313 and 1323.
This course examines the conventions for researching and writing grant proposals, specifically for educational and non-profit organizations.

WRIT 4373 The Critical Essay and Review Writing
PREREQS: ENGL 1320, 1330
An examination of the basic elements of the critical essay, the review essay, the review, and the short notice.

WRIT 4374, Rhetoric for Professional and Technical Writers
Prerequisites: ENGl 1313 and 1323
This course provides students with an overview of classical and modern rhetoric from ancient Greece to the 20th century, with an emphasis on written documents. Students will read excerpts from the writings of Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Quintilian, Descartes, Locke, Hume, Kant, Bakhtin, Wittgenstein, Lyotard, and others. Students will also analyze professional and technical documents in light of classical and contemporary rhetorical theories. Students may select this course for credit towards the Professional Writing Specialization in Technical Writing or Rhetoric, and for elective credit towards the Professional Writing Specialization in Creative Writing.

WRIT 4376, Promotional and Persuasive Writing
Prerequistes: ENGl 1313 and 1323
This course provides students with an introduction to and an overview of persuasive and promotional writing. Students will read, analyze, and produce several types of persuasive and promotional documents in the following categories: proposal writing, political writing, non-profit/fundraising writing, religious writing, and sales/promotional writing. Students may select this course for credit towards the Professional Writing Specialization in Technical Writing or Rhetoric, and for elective credit towards the Professional Writing Specialization in Creative Writing.

WRIT 4381 SPECIAL TOPICS
For course description and prerequisite(s) for this course, please contact the Dean of the School of Fine Arts.

WRIT 4391, Senior Seminar: Creative Writing in Poetry
Prerequisite: WRIT 3354 or permission of the instructor
This seminar is designed to build upon the groundwork established in WRIT 3354. Class time is spent in the analysis of model-works from the tradition and more recent works in experimental veins--and intensive discussion of student poems. Students also present and monitor their progress on the research project and share final results with the class.

WRIT 4392, Senior Seminar: Creative Writing in Fiction
Prerequisite: WRIT 3355 or permission of the instructor
This seminar is designed to build upon the groundwork established in WRIT 3355. Class time is spent in the analysis of models-works from the tradition and more recent works in experimental veins--and intensive discussion of student short stories or chapters from novels or novellas. Students also present and monitor their progress on the research project and share final results with the class.