Professional Writing & Communication

Associate of Arts Course of Study

Recommended basic skills standards are

Professional writing is the integration of creativity, technology, and problem solving. The ability to communicate in a variety of formats to a variety of audiences for a variety of purposes is a widely sought skill in the marketplace. Students who pursue an emphasis in professional writing particularly when coupled with another major or minor will be highly competitive for careers in education, business and the arts.

Professional Writing majors interested in technical writing, creative writing or journalism should contact their four-year transfer institution for recommendations concerning elective courses.

Content criteria, competencies, and student learning outcomes associated with the general education courses required for this course of study can be found on the Colorado Department of Higher Education website.

Written Communication

Six (6) credit hours

ENG 121

English Composition I: CO1

3

ENG 122

English Composition II: CO2

3

OR

 

 

ENG 122

English Composition II: CO2

(3)

ENG 201

English Composition III: CO3

(3)

or

 

 

HIS 265

Writing About History: CO3

(3)

Oral Communication

Three (3) credit hours

COM 115

Public Speaking

3

COM 125

Interpersonal Communication

3

COM 220

Intercultural Communication: SS3

3

Mathematics

Three(3) credit hours

  • GT - One GT Pathways course (GT-MA1) prefer MAT 120

Arts and Humanities / Social and Behavioral Sciences

Fifteen (15) credit hours. Full list of requirements.

Two GT Pathways Arts and Humanities courses from two different areas (AH1, AH2, AH3, AH4)

Two GT Pathways Social and Behavioral Sciences courses from two different areas (SS1, SS2, SS3)

One additional GT Pathways course from Arts and Humanities or Social and Behavioral Sciences (AH1, AH2, AH3, AH4, SS1, SS2, SS3)

Suggested Courses

GT-AH1

ART 110

Art Appreciation: AH1

3

ART 111

Art History Ancient to Medieval: AH1

3

ART 112

Art History Renaissance to 1900: AH1

3

THE 105

Theatre Appreciation: AH1

3

GT-AH2

HUM 121

Early Civilization: AH2

3

HUM 122

Medieval to Modern: AH2

3

HUM 123

The Modern World: AH2

3

LIT 115

Introduction to Literature I: AH2

3

LIT 201

World Literature to 1600: AH2

3

LIT 202

World Literature after 1600: AH2

3

LIT 221

British Literature to 1770: AH2

3

LIT 222

British Literature since 1770: AH2

3

GT-AH3

PHI 111

Introduction to Philosophy: AH3

3

PHI 112

Ethics: AH3

3

PHI 113

Logic: AH3

3

GT-SS1

ECO 201

Principles of Macroeconomics: SS1

3

ECO 202

Principles of Microeconomics: SS1

3

GT-SS3

JOU 105

Introduction to Mass Media: SS3

3

PSY 101

General Psychology I: SS3

3

PSY 102

General Psychology II: SS3

3

SOC 101

Introduction to Sociology I: SS3

3

SOC 102

Introduction to Sociology II: SS3

3

History

One guaranteed transfer course from History (HI1)

HIS 101

Western Civilization: Antiquity-1650: HI1

3

HIS 102

Western Civilization: 1650-Present: HI1

3

HIS 121

U.S. History to Reconstruction: HI1

3

HIS 122

U.S. History since the Civil War: HI1

3

Natural and Physical Sciences

Seven (7) credit hours GT Pathways Natural and Physical Sciences courses (SC1, SC2), including at least one (1) lab course (SC1, SC2). Additional credit hours over seven (7) will be applied to the electives category. Full list of requirements.

Electives

Twenty-three (23) credit hours selected from the AA approved course list.

Suggested Courses

ENG 131

Technical Writing I: CO1

3

ENG 201

English Composition III: CO3

3

ENG 221

Creative Writing I

3

ENG 222

Creative Writing II

3

ENG 227

Poetry Writing

3

ENG 230

Creative Nonfiction

3

JOU 105

Introduction to Mass Media: SS3

3

JOU 106

Media News & Reporting

3

JOU 215

Publications Production & Design

3

JOU 225

New Media

3

JOU 231

Introduction to Public Relations

4

JOU 241

Feature & Magazine Writing

3

Total Credit Hours

60

Additional information available on the Professional Writing & Communication Department website at www.ppcc.edu/degrees-certificates/english/degree-options/professional-writing-emphasis.