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.

    Research Opportunities

    All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 2912 or IDS 4914 courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office for Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.

    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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