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ENGL381
(Perm Req)
MGA Legislative Seminar
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
GenEd: FSPW
Prerequisite: Students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department; or ENGL101.
Restriction: Permission of ARHU-English department.
Additional information: Application required. Contact english@umd.edu for more information.
Prepares students to intern for the Maryland General Assembly. Introduces standard legislative genres and assigns extended practice in researching legislative issues.
Cross-listed with HONR368A. Credit only granted for one of the following : ENGL381 or HONR368A. Admission to this course is by application only. Click here for more details.
ENGL390
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: FSPW
Prerequisite: Must have fulfilled the Academic Writing (FSAW) requirement.
Restriction: Must have earned a minimum of 60 credits; and junior standing or higher.
Credit only granted for: ENGL390 or ENGL393S.
Formerly: ENGL393S.
Specifically designed for students interested in further study in the physical and biological sciences. Exposes students to the conventions of scientific prose in the genres of research articles and proposals. Students also learn to accommodate scientific information to general audiences.
ENGL390H
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: FSPW
Prerequisite: Must have fulfilled the Academic Writing (FSAW) requirement.
Restriction: Must have earned a minimum of 60 credits; and junior standing or higher.
Credit only granted for: ENGL390 or ENGL393S.
Formerly: ENGL393S.
Specifically designed for students interested in further study in the physical and biological sciences. Exposes students to the conventions of scientific prose in the genres of research articles and proposals. Students also learn to accommodate scientific information to general audiences.
Restricted to students in the Honors College or departmental Honors programs.
ENGL391
Advanced Composition
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: FSPW
Prerequisite: Must have fulfilled the Academic Writing (FSAW) requirement.
Restriction: Must have earned a minimum of 60 credits.
An advanced composition course which emphasizes constructing written arguments accommodated to real audiences.
ENGL391H
Advanced Composition
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: FSPW
Prerequisite: Must have fulfilled the Academic Writing (FSAW) requirement.
Restriction: Must have earned a minimum of 60 credits.
An advanced composition course which emphasizes constructing written arguments accommodated to real audiences.
Restricted to students in the Honors College or departmental Honors programs.
ENGL392
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: FSPW
Prerequisite: Must have fulfilled the Academic Writing (FSAW) requirement.
Restriction: Must have earned a minimum of 60 credits.
Conventions of legal writing and research. Students learn how to read and write about cases, statutes, or other legislation; how to apply legal principles to fact scenarios; and how to present a written analysis for readers in the legal profession. Assignments may include the law-school application essay, case briefs, legal memos, and client letters.
ENGL393
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: FSPW
Prerequisite: Must have fulfilled the Academic Writing (FSAW) requirement.
Restriction: Must have earned a minimum of 60 credits.
Focuses on the writing of technical papers and reports.
ENGL393H
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: FSPW
Prerequisite: Must have fulfilled the Academic Writing (FSAW) requirement.
Restriction: Must have earned a minimum of 60 credits.
Focuses on the writing of technical papers and reports.
Restricted to students in the Honors College or departmental Honors programs.
ENGL393Q
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: FSPW
Prerequisite: Must have fulfilled the Academic Writing (FSAW) requirement.
Restriction: Must have earned a minimum of 60 credits.
Focuses on the writing of technical papers and reports.
ENGL393X
(Perm Req)
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: FSPW
Prerequisite: Must have fulfilled the Academic Writing (FSAW) requirement.
Restriction: Must have earned a minimum of 60 credits.
Focuses on the writing of technical papers and reports.
Limited to students for whom English is a second language and who have a score below any of the following: SAT Verbal 400, TOEFL 575, CELT 250. Students who have received an "A" in ENGL 101 or its equivalent cannot register for ENGL 393X.
ENGL394
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: FSPW
Prerequisite: Must have fulfilled the Academic Writing (FSAW) requirement.
Restriction: Must have earned a minimum of 60 credits.
Intensive practice in the forms of written communication common in the business world: letters, memos, short reports, and proposals. Focus on the principles of rhetoric and effective style.
ENGL395
Writing for Health Professions
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: FSPW
Prerequisite: Must have fulfilled the Academic Writing (FSAW) requirement.
Restriction: Must have earned a minimum of 60 credits.
Focus on accommodating health-related technical material and empirical studies to lay audiences, and helping writers to achieve stylistic flexibility and correctness.
ENGL398A
Writing for the Arts
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: FSPW
Prerequisite: Must have fulfilled the Academic Writing (FSAW) requirement.
Restriction: Must have earned a minimum of 60 credits.
Examines the situations and genres in which working professionals (practitioners, advocates, administrators, and educators) write about art, culture, and artists. The course covers the complex process that writers need to learn, including how to accommodate information to specific audiences, how to use stylistic and visual devices to make information more accessible, and how to edit their own work as well as that of their peers. Assignments parallel the writing demands that students will face in the workplace, including analyzing and composing artist statements, an arts manifesto, art education guides, press releases about artists and their work, critical reviews of exhibits and performances, and proposals to funding agencies and foundations.
Prerequisite: 60 credits and completion of ENGL101 or equivalent. This course satisfies the professional writing requirement. Not open to students who have completed ENGL391A. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: ENGL398A or ENGL391A. Formerly ENGL391A. An advanced composition course which emphasizes writing about the arts.
ENGL398B
Writing for Social Entrepreneurship
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: FSPW
Prerequisite: Must have fulfilled the Academic Writing (FSAW) requirement.
Restriction: Must have earned a minimum of 60 credits.
Designed for students who want to develop the skills needed to start a successful social venture--a start-up business with a social mission or a new nonprofit program. The course centers on a major writing project such as a business plan, a website design plan, a fundraising proposal, or a concept paper for a new nonprofit organization. Students produce other communication projects that social entrepreneurs use to develop their businesses and nonprofits, such as presentations or pitches to prospective investors/donors, marketing materials, and a job announcement. Students will learn from local social entrepreneurs who share their experiences of using writing to succeed in the field.
Prerequisite: 60 credits and completion of ENGL101 or equivalent. This course satisfies the professional writing requirement.
ENGL398C
Writing Case Studies and Investigative Reports
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: FSPW
Prerequisite: Must have fulfilled the Academic Writing (FSAW) requirement.
Restriction: Must have earned a minimum of 60 credits.
Designed for students interested in becoming police investigators, educators, case workers, insurance adjusters, nurses, or program evaluators, or in entering branches of the social sciences that investigate cases and value reports based on accurate descriptions and compelling narratives. Such reports must be factual and yet useful to decision makers, unbiased and yet focused. Students study genres and language skills from careful summarizing to convincing storytelling.
Prerequisite: 60 credits and completion of ENGL101 or equivalent. This course satisfies the professional writing requirement. An advanced composition course which emphasizes writing cases and investigative reports.
ENGL398E
Writing About Economics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: FSPW
Prerequisite: Must have fulfilled the Academic Writing (FSAW) requirement.
Restriction: Must have earned a minimum of 60 credits.
Examines the characteristic genres of writing in modern economics, including theoretical and empirically based journal articles, reports for government and commercial clients, and economic information presented to a variety of non-professional audiences, such as citizen-oriented and public policy organizations. Students learn how to analyze these documents rhetorically and how to communicate economic information using the content, arrangement, style, and visual graphics best suited to the purposes and standards of particular audiences. Core assignments include a genre-based journal and document analysis, presentations on economics-related topics for both economists and non-professional audiences, and a major research-based writing project for an audience outside of the classroom.
Prerequisite: 60 credits and completion of ENGL101 or equivalent. This course satisfies the professional writing requirement. Not open to students who have completed ENGL394E. Credit will be granted for only one of the following : ENGL398E or ENGL394E. Formerly ENGL394E. A business writing class focusing on writing about economics.
ENGL398L
Scholarly Writing in the Humanities
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: FSPW
Prerequisite: Must have fulfilled the Academic Writing (FSAW) requirement.
Restriction: Must have earned a minimum of 60 credits.
Examines scholarship in the humanities as a genre of professional writing and investigates the norms and procedures of advanced academic writing. Assignments parallel the writing demands that students will face in the academic workplace, including a graduate school application essay, a genre review, an annotated bibliography, a journal article, and an oral presentation of article subject matter.
Prerequisite: 60 credits and completion of ENGL101 or equivalent. This course satisfies the professional writing requirement. An advanced composition class focusing on the norms and procedures of advanced academic writing.
ENGL398N
Writing for Non-Profit Organizations
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: FSPW
Prerequisite: Must have fulfilled the Academic Writing (FSAW) requirement.
Restriction: Must have earned a minimum of 60 credits.
Examines professional writing and communication work in the non-profit sector. Students will analyze the audiences and document genres that they may encounter in real-world non-profit work and will learn how to compose many of these documents, from press releases and other public relations material to position papers, reports, and grant proposals. Students may also have the opportunity to add a service-learning component to the course by working with and for an area non-profit.
Prerequisite: 60 credits and completion of ENGL101 or equivalent. This course satisfies the professional writing requirement. Not open to students who have completed ENGL394N. Credit will be granted for only one of the following ENGL398N or ENGL394N. Formerly ENGL394N. A busniness writing class focusinog on writing about nonprofits.
ENGL398R
Writing Non-Fictional Narratives
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: FSPW
Prerequisite: Must have fulfilled the Academic Writing (FSAW) requirement.
Restriction: Must have earned a minimum of 60 credits.
Approaches nonfiction narrative-a kind of writing influenced by fiction, magazine journalism, memoir, and personal essay--as a form of professional writing used in publishing and a range of careers involving proposal writing, work documentation, lobbying, social marketing, and political commentary, among others. Students learn to use many of the same tools as fiction writers, such as dialogue, vivid description, developing characters, nonlinear structure, and shifts in tense, time, and points of view. They also learn how to edit their own work as well as that of their peers, doing multiple revisions of the major assignments for a final portfolio. Major assignments include essays targeted to specific publications, query letters, audience analysis, and a publisher analysis.
Prerequisite: 60 credits and completion of ENGL101 or equivalent. This course satisfies the professional writing requirement.
ENGL398V
Writing About the Environment
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: FSPW
Prerequisite: Must have fulfilled the Academic Writing (FSAW) requirement.
Restriction: Must have earned a minimum of 60 credits.
Designed for those aspiring to work in a variety of fields that influence and are influenced by environmental science, including public policy, advocacy, science, and industry. Students learn to apply principles of technical writing to a range of scenarios and issues particular to the intersection of scientific knowledge and environmental policy. Writing audiences range from the public to decision-makers. The course emphasizes writing both within and across disciplines to enlist research for practical contexts.
Prerequisite: 60 credits and completion of ENGL101 or equivalent. This course satisfies the professional writing requirement. Not open to students who have completed ENGL393E. Credit will be granted for only one of the following ENGL398V or ENGL393E. Formerly ENGL393E.