Minors and Certificates
MINOR IN ENGLISH (15 hrs.)
1. The core introductory literature course ENG-L 202 (3 hrs.)
2. One of the following literary survey or theory courses: ENG-E 301, ENG-E 302, ENG-E 303, ENG-E 304, ENG-L 350, ENG-L 351, ENG-L 352, ENG-L 354, or ENG-L 222 (3 hrs.)
3. Three additional English courses chosen from any that count toward the major, two of which must be 300-level or above (9 hrs.)
MINOR IN CREATIVE WRITING (15 hrs.)
1. The core introductory creative writing course ENG-W 203 (3 hrs.)
2. The core introductory literature course ENG-L 202 (3 hrs.)
3. One 300-level or 400-level writing workshop (3 hrs.): ENG-W 301 Fiction Writing or ENG-W 303 Poetry Writing, ENG-W401 Advanced Fiction Writing, ENG-W 403 Advanced Poetry Writing, ENG-W302 Screenwriting, ENG-W311 Creative Nonfiction
4. One of the following creative writing courses (3 hrs.): ENG-A 190, ENG-A 399, ENG-W 301, ENG-W 303, ENG-W 401, ENG-W 403, ENG-W302, ENG-W 311, or any other creative writing course approved by the Advisor for the Creative Writing Minor
5. One of the following literary survey courses (3 hrs.): ENG-E 301, ENG-E 302, ENG-E 303, ENG-E 304, ENG-L 350, ENG-L 351, ENG-L 352, ENG-L 354, or 300-level or above literature course approved by the advisor for the creative writing minor.
English majors may minor in Creative Writing if they choose the literature concentration in the major. In place of the ENG-L 202 requirement for the minor, English majors take any creative writing course. In addition, they have the option to substitute another creative writing course for the literary survey requirement of the minor
Clayton Michaels is the Advisor for the Creative Writing Minor
MINOR IN FILM STUDIES (15 hrs.)
Five of the following courses or other courses as designated in the Schedule of Classes are required. The minor or associate degree may include up to 6 credit hours at the 100-level. In addition, students seeking to apply a course with a more comprehensive theme to the minor should be able to show that a major portion of their work, such as a term paper or similar assignment, dealt directly with a Film Studies topic. The Film Studies Committee will review applications for substitutions.
CMLT C190 An Introduction to Film
CMLT C293 History of the Motion Picture I: Origins to WWII
CMLT C294 History of the Motion Picture II: WWII to the Present
CMLT C310 Film Adaptations
CMLT C395 The Documentary
ENG W250 Writing in Context: Women in U.S. Films
ENG W260 Film Criticism
ENG W302 Screenwriting
GER G370 Introduction to German Film: From Berlin to Hollywood
HIST H225 Special Topics in History: American History through Film
SPAN S411 Spanish Culture and Civilization
CERTIFICATE IN PROFESSIONAL WRITING (18 hrs.)
The goal of the certificate program is to produce highly skilled professional writers who are valued for their skills throughout their professional lives. The high academic standards of the program are established in recognition of the fact that good writing is difficult to produce. The program requires students to advance beyond mere competence and strives to enable them to perform well in professional settings, where the ability to plan and execute work independently is sometimes crucial.
Completion of the certificate program requires 18 credit hours of course work from the following list of approved courses. The courses below are offered on a regular basis. Additional courses may be developed for the program over time. (All courses are 3 cr. hours, unless otherwise designated.)
Students may count as many of these courses as they wish:
ENG-W 231 Professional Writing Skills
ENG-W 232 Introduction to Business Writing
ENG-W 234 Technical Report Writing
ENG-W 250 Writing in Context (variable topics)
ENG-W 315 Writing for the Web
ENG-W 350 Advanced Expository Writing
ENG-W 495 Independent Study
ENG-W 553 Theory and Practice of Exposition
Students may count up to two of the following courses:
JOUR-J 200 Reporting, Writing, and Editing
JOUR-J 341 Newspaper Reporting
JOUR-J 401 Depth Reporting and Editing
TEL-T 211 Writing for the Electronic Media
Students may count one of the following courses:
ENG-W 203 Creative Writing
ENG-W 260 Film Criticism
ENG-W 270 Argumentative Writing
ENG-W 301 Writing Fiction
ENG-W 302 Screenwriting
ENG-W 303 Writing Poetry
ENG-W 401 Advanced Fiction Writing
ENG-W 511 Writing Fiction (4 cr.)
ENG-W 513 Writing Poetry (4 cr.)
TEL-T 331 Scriptwriting
Students may, with permission of the Writing Certificate Committee, enroll in one supervised writing internship (ENG-W 398 Internship in Writing) or practicum after they have completed at least 12 of their 18 hours of course work in the program. Approval of an internship or practicum is based on the strength of the proposal and the value of the proposed work experience.
APPROVAL OF SUBSTITUTE COURSES
Certificate students may petition (only once, and in advance) to have an unlisted second-level writing course from another department applied to their certificate.
A candidate for the certificate must earn a grade of B or higher in any course for which he or she seeks credit within the certificate program.
MEANS OF ENROLLMENT IN THE PROGRAM
At the time of enrollment in the certificate program, each candidate for the certificate must submit to the Writing Certificate Committee a brief formal declaration of intention, including a statement of professional goals and an explanation of how the certificate program aids in the achievement of those goals.
For Undergraduate Students
Because the Certificate in Professional Writing is a directed program and not merely a collection of writing courses, candidates for the program must officially enroll and be assigned an advisor prior to receiving credit for any course beyond the first 6 credit hours that are eligible to be counted toward completion of the certificate. A student may initiate an appeal of this rule by submitting a portfolio of writing from the previous courses he or she wishes to have counted toward the certificate, along with a cover letter in which the student makes a persuasive case for the coherence of his or her previous course work in the context of specific career or educational goals.
For Returning IU South Bend Graduates
Returning IU South Bend graduates seeking to enroll in the certificate program must submit to the Writing Certificate Committee a brief formal declaration of intention, including a statement of professional goals and an explanation of how the certificate program aids in the achievement of those goals, no later than the end of the second week of classes in the semester or session in which the student is taking his or her first class in the program. Any returning IU South Bend graduate may count up to 6 credit hours of prior eligible coursework at IU South Bend (at a grade of B or higher) that was completed within the past two calendar years. Enrollment may be granted to such students when the declaration of intention is submitted.
For Other Graduate Students
Students who have at least a bachelor's degree from another accredited university may enroll in the certificate program on a probationary basis. To qualify for probationary enrollment, the candidate must submit to the Writing Certificate Committee a brief formal declaration of intention, including a statement of professional goals and an explanation of how the certificate program aids in the achievement of those goals. Enrollment is considered probationary until the student has successfully completed 6 credit hours within the program.
NOTE: MATH-M 14 BASIC ALGEBRA IS A PREREQUISITE FOR ALL CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS IN LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES AT IU SOUTH BEND.
Students may, with committee approval, transfer one course of no more than 4 credit hours from another university. They must supply the committee with copies of the course syllabus and their papers written for the course. Such course credit may not serve as the prerequisite for enrollment in the program.