Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014


English (ENG) with a concentration in Professional Writing, Rhetoric and Technology (TCM)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 23.0101

College of Arts & Sciences


Major Description

A bachelor’s degree in English prepares students for any field that values critical thinking, high reading comprehension, clear and effective writing, and the ability to interpret and analyze data.

    Concentration Description

    This undergraduate degree concentration provides students with both a practical and a theoretical orientation to communication in a variety of media and genres. The program prepares students to work as innovative professional communicators in a variety of fields – from government to business to medicine. It also prepares students for graduate programs in rhetoric, composition, and professional communication. The program produces graduates who can think critically about communication, contexts, and technology as well as compose technologically-mediated documents and products using a variety of tools.

    State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

    Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree from a Florida  state or community college. Some courses required for the major may also meet general education requirements, thereby transferring maximum hours to the university. If students transfer without an A.A. degree and have fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the students must meet the university's entering freshman requirements, including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA and course requirements.

    Transfer students should complete the following prerequisite courses listed below at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted. Unless stated otherwise, a grade of “C” is the minimum acceptable grade.

    • ENC 1101 Composition I or ENC XXXX 3 credit hours
    • ENC 1102 Composition II or ENC XXXX 3 credit hours

    Total Major Hours: 36 Hours

    Concentration Core Courses - 15 Hours

    • ENC 3242 Technical Communication for Majors
    • ENC 3414 New Media for Technical Communication
    • ENC 4218 Visual Rhetoric for Technical Communication
    • ENC 4311 Advanced Composition
    • ENC 4940 Professional/Technical Communications Internship

    Concentration Elective Courses - 21 Hours

    • ENC 3250 Professional Writing
    • ENC 3310 Expository Writing
    • ENC 3371 Rhetorical Theory for Technical Communication
    • ENC 4260 Advanced Technical Writing
    • ENC 4931 Selected Topics in Technical and Professional Writing
    • Any courses listed in the Literary Studies concentration.
    • Any courses listed in the Creative Writing concentration.

    Optional Honors Program

    The Department of English Honors Program provides a carefully selected group of seniors with opportunities for advanced scholarship:

    • Closer contact with faculty tutors than students in the regular major program;
    • An opportunity to work and exchange ideas in the stimulating environment of a small group of fellow students with similar aims and abilities;
    • An opportunity to develop individual initiative and sophisticated critical skills.

    The English Honors Program will benefit those interested in graduate work, advanced professional study, or greater intellectual challenges.

    Admissions Criteria

    Students may apply for the program after completing 80 hours of coursework (90 before actual admission). Applicants should have a GPA of 3.30 in the major and an overall GPA of 3.00 and should submit signatures of recommendation from two English faculty supporting their applications.

    After screening all applications, the Department’s Honors Committee will select participants for each year’s program.

    Requirements for Completion of Departmental Honors
    1. The Honors student will complete the requirements of his/her chosen English major as described in the current catalog.
    2. The Honors program requires 9 hours of Honors-level work.
      • All Honors students are required to complete at least one (three-hour) Honors seminar (ENG 4935 or ENG 4936).
      • Students may select from the following options to fulfill the remaining six hours of credit in Honors:
        • A second (three-hour) Honors seminar (ENG 4935 or ENG 4936).
        • A three-hour independent study. The independent study should be connected to an eligible upper-level course in the major being taught in that semester.**
          • A list of courses available for this option will be made available prior to registration each semester. Students will attend some or all of the scheduled course meetings but will be enrolled in an independent study with the instructor. The independent study will be considered a special "Honors section" of the course and will require additional work that may include extra reading, class presentations, and advanced research-based writing. To enroll in an independent study, students will need written permission of the instructor, who will determine an Honors-appropriate workload for the course. The proposed plan for independent study must be approved by the Honors Committee and filed with the Undergraduate Director prior to registration. Students may count a maximum of one independent study in fulfillment of their degree requirements.
        • A three-hour Honors thesis, supervised by a member of the English faculty. The Director of the English Honors Program will serve as instructor of record for the thesis hours. Under the direction of the instructors of the Honors seminars and/or the Director of the English Honors Program, the student will choose a member of the English Department faculty to serve as director of his/her thesis and one or two additional faculty members to serve as readers of the thesis. The completed thesis must be at least 25-pages in length, not including bibliography.
        • A three-hour graduate-level course. Enrollment in a graduate course is limited to Honors students in their final semester and requires written permission of the Undergraduate Director, Graduate Director, and the instructor of the course. To be eligible, students must have completed at least one Honors seminar with a grade of A or A+.
      • Of the nine hours required for Departmental Honors, a maximum of six hours may be counted towards the requirements for the major (historical distribution requirements or electives).
    3. To graduate with Departmental Honors, the student must satisfy the following requirements:
      • Complete 9 hours of English Honors courses as described above with a 3.30 GPA;
      • Complete all major requirements with a 3.30 GPA and academic coursework with an overall GPA of 3.0.
    4. The student who completes all requirements above will graduate with Honors in English. The credit hours completed within the program by the student who does not complete all Honors requirements will count toward the baccalaureate degree.

    **Faculty who are willing to accommodate the extra needs of Honors students will notify the Undergraduate Director before registration to have their course put on the list of eligible courses. The Honors student will enroll in an independent study but will attend the scheduled course and complete the bulk of the reading and written requirements for the course in addition to a special Honors project for the course (this could include a formal presentation of research, an independent research project, a longer research paper, a long annotated bibliography, a larger collection of creative work, etc. The independent study represents 3 hours of coursework.

    Additional Major Information

    Major Faculty

    Chairperson: H. Hawkins; Professors: J.P.W. Rogers (DeBartolo Chair in the Liberal Arts), R.L. Ciresi, C. Herndl, R.L. Hewitt, J.M. Moxley, D. Price Herndl, L.L. Runge, H. Sellers, P.J. Sipiora; Associate Professors: N.G. Discenza, J. Fleming, M. Gould, G. Grewal, E.A. Hirsh, J. Hopler, D.L. Jacobs, G. Lemons, E.A. Metzger, S. Mooney, J. Staggers, I. Sukrungruang; Assistant Professors: T. Cooper, Y. Irizarry, N. Le, H. Meakin, M. Santos, J. Zisk, M. Zoetewey; Instructors: S.M. Diecidue, D. Donnelly, K. Gonzalez, L. Head, J.Y. Karpay, M. Leahy, B. Moss, K. Riegel; M. Shuman, E. Smith; Professors Emeriti: R. Baum, L. Broer, S.M. Deats, H.A. Deer, R.F. Dietrich, F.J. Fabry, S.R. Fiore, W. Garrett, M. Harmon, J. Hatcher, D.L. Kaufmann, W.T. Ross, D. Schenck, W. Scheuerle, N. Tyson.

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