Portfolio Option

The Portfolio option for completing the master’s degree requires 42 graduate credit hours in a 4-part curriculum:

  • 12 hours of Core Courses
  • 12 hours of Concentration Courses
  • 6 hours of Cognate Courses
  • 12 hours of Final Project Courses

Core Courses (12 hours) introduce students to important areas of theory necessary to complete the degree. Substitution courses or independent studies are not acceptable for PTW core courses.

7310 Composition Theory
7311 Rhetorical Theory
7312 Language Theory
7313 Theory of Technical Communication

Concentration Courses (12 hours Editing, Non-fiction or Technical) allow students to develop a specialization within the program. (No more than 3 Independent Study hours-7150, 7250, 7350-can count toward concentration hours.)

Technical Writing:
5304 Technical Style and Editing
5305 Document Design
5306 Writing for Business and Government
5307 Writing Software Documentation
5346 Topics in Technical Communication
5371 Writing on the Web
5375 Grant Writing
7340 Topics in Technical, Business, and Government Writing
7150, 7250, 7350 Independent Study
7360 Internship/Practicum (an internship for a company, nonprofit, or government organization)
 

Nonfiction Writing:
5202 Teaching Writing in Secondary Schools
5301 Theories of Rhetoric and Writing
5315 Advanced Persuasive Writing
5317 Advanced Nonfiction Writing
5318 Writing Auto/Biography
5321 Editing for Publication
5325 Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Argument
5345 Topics in Persuasive Writing
5347 Topics in Nonfiction Writing
7300 Introduction to Research Methods
7320 Working with Writers
7330 Topics in Nonfiction Writing
7331 Topics in the Essay
7332 Topics in Extended Nonfiction
7335 Topics in Rhetoric
7150, 7250, 7350 Independent Study
7360 Internship/Practicum (an internship for a company, nonprofit, or government organization)

Editing:
5304 Technical Style and Editing
5321 Editing for Publication
5322 Advanced Editing
5347 Topic in Nonfiction Writing (when the topic is Production Editing)
7161, 7261, 7361 Editing Internship

Cross-Track Courses*:
5305 Document Design
5325 Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Argument
7300 Introduction to Research Methods
7320 Working with Writers
7360 Internship/Practicum

* Check with the Graduate Coordinator for other cross-track courses.

Cognate Courses (6 hours) allow students to enroll in classes outside the department to support their PTW concentrations. For example, students might choose speech communication, business, literature, or graphic design. Students may also choose cognate hours from any part of the PTW curriculum. Certain PTW courses (such as internship/practicum hours) and most transfer credits apply to the cognate only.

Final Courses (12 hours) will broaden the student’s range of writing abilities, strengthen his or her professional skill set, and produce a portfolio of writing and/or editing samples that will help students attain the next logical step in their career paths. Courses may be chosen from within the Rhetoric and Writing Department or from outside the department.