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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English
The Bachelor of Arts in English online degree offered by Robert Morris University aims to prepare its graduates for a variety of careers in many fields. Positions such as writing, editing, communications specialists in advertisement, public relations, and teaching are all within reach with this degree. This program specifically focuses on Professional and Technical writing, as opposed to a more academic and literature-based program.
All bachelor degree candidates must take at least 39 credit hours of the Robert Morris Core of general education courses. This includes courses in subject areas such as Economics, History, Math Reasoning, Psychology, Natural Science, and Sociology. These core classes are required by Robert Morris University so that all of their graduates will have the ability to effectively use tools, techniques, and skills appropriate to their profession, to incorporate a variety of technological and informational resources to gather and synthesize information, to create, to communicate, to be able to manage knowledge, to develop analytical and critical thinking skills, and to act with integrity and honesty when in ethical situations.
Students in this major must also take a minimum of 15 credits in other liberal arts subject areas.
The required classes in the department are: Study of Language, Study of Rhetoric, Study of Literature, and the Study of the Essay. These courses are foundational to the advanced study of English. Ten more classes in English studies include classes on Grammar and Editing, African American Literature, Teaching of Writing, History of the English Language, American Literature from 1865 to Present, British Literature to 1789 and from 1789 to present, and World Literature. A Seminar in English studies is also required of students.
A student must also take ten classes that are specific to this major in Professional and Technical writing. These classes include: Technical Writing, Technical Editing, Professional Writing, an English Internship, Introduction to Webpage Development and E-commerce Technology, and Copy Editing. These courses are necessary to equip the study with a professional background in technical writing so that they may be effective writers in marketing, advertising, public relations, or other career positions.
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