Department of English

Professional and Public Writing

The English-Professional and Public Writing track at Auburn seeks to provide students with key skills for writing in various fields that place a high priority on skilled communication, whether in business or in the non-profit sector, including editing and design, education, and the law.

As Professional and Public Writing majors, students study rhetoric and argumentation at an advanced level, and take at least one advanced course in linguistics. The combination of rhetoric and linguistics provides students with powerful ways to understand (and create) effective written communication, to understand how language works, and to improve both their own writing and that of others. The courses combine theoretical learning with practical application, preparing Professional and Public Writing majors to engage effectively with the wide variety of communications encountered in the professional world.

 

Last Updated: January 14, 2020

English-Professional and Public Writing Track (36 credit hours)

  • At least 18 hours must be completed at Auburn.
  • At least 18 hours must be at the 4000-level or above.
  • No more than 6 hours may be at the 2000 level.
  • Effective Fall 2014, students must earn a ‘C’ or better in any course counted toward the English major.

 

Gateway Course: 2010 Introduction to Professional Writing (3 hours)

Major Core (9 hours)

  • Group I: Globalism, Sustainability and Diversity Course (3)
    • 3710 Survey of African American Literature
    • 3850 Study in London
    • 3870 World English Literature
    • 4160 Technology, Literacy and Culture
    • 4450 Topics in African‐American Literature
    • 4710 Topics in Gender and Literature
    • 4720 Topics in Minority Voices and Literature
    • 4740 Environment, Literature and Culture
  • Group II: Linguistics Course (3)
    • 3110 Survey of Linguistics
    • 4140 Language Variation
    • 4150 Topics in Language Study
    • 4160 Technology, Literacy and Culture
    • 5410 History of the English Language
  • 4000‐level Literature Course (3)

Major Track (15 hours)

  • Rhetoric Course (3)
    • 3120 Survey of Rhetoric
    • 4180 Rhetorical Theory and Practice
  • Technical and Professional Communication Course (3)
    • 4020 Technical and Professional Editing
    • 4030 Document Design in Technical and Professional Communication
  • Upper‐Division Writing Course (3)
    • 3040 Technical Writing
    • 3080 Business Writing
    • 4000 Advanced Composition
  • Technology and Writing Course (3)
    • 4010 Topics in Writing
    • 4160 Technology, Literacy and Culture
    • 4040 Public Writing
  •  Capstone Course: 4810 Capstone in Professional Writing (3)

Major Electives (9 hours)

Three additional English courses, at least two of which must be at the 3000-level or above

Last Updated: September 12, 2014

Linguistics

Rhetoric

  • Diana Eidson

    Diana Eidson

    Assistant Professor
    Rhetorical History; Rhetorical Theory; Cultural Rhetorics; Composition Pedagogy; Literacy Studies
    hde0001@auburn.edu
    (334) 844-9092
    9092 Haley Center
  • Leigh Gruwell

    Leigh Gruwell

    Assistant Professor
    Digital and Multimodal Rhetorics; Feminist Rhetorics; Research Methodologies; Composition Theory, Women's and Gender Studies
    lcg0016@auburn.edu
    (334) 944-9086
    9086 Haley Center
  • Charles Lesh

    Charles Lesh

    Assistant Professor
    Spatial Rhetorics; Public and Community Writing; Research Methodologies; Rhetorical Genre Studies; Rhetoric and Composition
    cnl0018@auburn.edu

    9094 Haley Center
  • Margaret Marshall

    Margaret Marshall

    Professor and Director of University Writing
    Rhetoric and Composition; Writing and Literacy Pedagogy; Teacher Education; 19th-Century American Public Discourse; Writing in the Disciplines
    mjm0030@auburn.edu
    (334) 844-7474
    3436 RBD Library
  • Michelle Sidler

    Michelle Sidler

    Associate Professor
    Rhetoric and Composition; Computer-Mediated Composition; Rhetorical Theory
    sidlema@auburn.edu
    (334) 844-9040
    8076 Haley Center
  • Stewart Whittemore

    Stewart Whittemore

    Associate Professor
    Rhetoric and Composition; Technical and Professional Communication
    snw0003@auburn.edu
    (334) 844-9028
    8060 Haley Center
  • Chad Wickman

    Chad Wickman

    Hargis Associate Professor of Writing Studies
    Rhetoric and Composition; Technical and Professional Communication; Editing; Writing and Literacy Studies; Rhetorical Theory; Rhetoric of Science and Technology
    cew0016@auburn.edu
    (334) 844-9061
    8054 Haley Center

Technical & Professional Communication

  • Derek Ross

    Derek Ross

    Associate Professor
    Environmental Rhetoric; Ethics; Design
    dgr0003@auburn.edu
    (334) 844-9073
    8072 Haley Center
  • Michelle Sidler

    Michelle Sidler

    Associate Professor
    Rhetoric and Composition; Computer-Mediated Composition; Rhetorical Theory
    sidlema@auburn.edu
    (334) 844-9040
    8076 Haley Center
  • Candice Welhausen

    Candice Welhausen

    Assistant Professor
    Technical and Professional Communication; Document Design; Editing; Visual Rhetorics; Health and Science Communication; Risk Communication
    caw0103@auburn.edu
    (334) 844-9062
    8056 Haley Center
  • Stewart Whittemore

    Stewart Whittemore

    Associate Professor
    Rhetoric and Composition; Technical and Professional Communication
    snw0003@auburn.edu
    (334) 844-9028
    8060 Haley Center
  • Chad Wickman

    Chad Wickman

    Hargis Associate Professor of Writing Studies
    Rhetoric and Composition; Technical and Professional Communication; Editing; Writing and Literacy Studies; Rhetorical Theory; Rhetoric of Science and Technology
    cew0016@auburn.edu
    (334) 844-9061
    8054 Haley Center
  • Susan A. Youngblood

    Susan A. Youngblood

    Associate Professor
    Technical and Professional Communication; Editing; Risk Communication
    say0001@auburn.edu
    (334) 844-9075
    8074 Haley Center
Last Updated: April 12, 2016

For more information

Craig Bertolet
Director of Undergraduate Studies
bertocr@auburn.edu
8064 Haley Center

 

Last Updated: January 14, 2020