Major with Concentration in Professional and Technical Writing


Below are requirements for this focused concentration in Professional and Technical Writing. In English 129, the core course for this concentration, students receive hands-on experience in planning and writing two publications: The English Department Newsletter and The Writing Life.

To see descriptions of these courses, check the general course descriptions. Faculty usually provide a more extensive description of the courses when they are offered.

Check with the Professional and Technical Writing Program Coordinator at least once each semester to track your progress.

 

Director of Undergraduate Professional and Technical Writing

Mark Thompson
(408) 924-4433
mark.thompson@sjsu.edu
Faculty Offices 110

 

Important Form(s)

Bachelor of Arts Worksheet: Professional and Technical Writing (PDF)

 


 

Course Requirements

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General Education Requirements 48 units
  Of the 51 units required by the university, 3 may be satisfied by specified major and support requirements. Consult major advisor for details.  

American Institutions (6 units)
  Of the 6 units required by the university, all may be satisfied within general education requirements as specified in the schedule of classes.  

Physical Education 2 units

Requirements in the Major 24 units
  ENGL 56B
ENGL 68B
ENGL 100W
ENGL 103
ENGL 193
English Literature, Romantic Era to the Present
American Literature 1865 to Present
Writing Workshop for Majors
Modern English
Capstone Seminar in Literature & Self-Reflection

15 units
    
  Select one:
ENGL 56A
ENGL 68A

English Literature to Late 18th Century

American Literature to 1865
 
3 units
  Select one:
ENGL 123A
ENGL 123B
ENGL 123C
ENGL 123D
ENGL 125

Literature for Global Understanding, the Americas
Literature for Global Understanding, Africa
Literature for Global Understanding, Oceania
Literature for Global Understanding, Asia
European Literature: Homer to Dante
3 units
  Select one:
ENGL 144
ENGL 145

Shakespeare I
Shakespeare & Performance
3 units

Requirements in the Professional and Technical Writing Concentration 12 units
  Select one:
ENGL 105
ENGL 135
 
Seminar in Advanced Composition
Creative Nonfiction Writing
3 units
  ENGL 106
ENGL 107
ENGL 129
Editing for Writers
Professional Technical Writing
Introduction to Career Writing
9 units

Elective Requirements in the Major
9 units
  Take 3 upper division English major courses.  

Foreign Language Requirement 0-10 units
  Completion of 1B course at SJSU or equivalent transfer satisfies the language requirement, as do courses above 1B in any language.  

Electives or Minor 12-22 units

TOTAL DEGREE REQUIREMENTS 120 units