The strong foundational skills in rhetoric, writing, and document design provided in the 6 core courses of the MAPW are complemented and extended through 6 student-selected electives that allow you to personalize the degree to support your chosen career path. The categories listed below include those career paths most frequently pursued by MAPW students, and the linked charts provide relevant job titles and suggestions for specific elective courses most relevant to each path.
The categories listed below include those career paths most frequently pursued by MAPW students and suggestions for elective courses most relevant to each. Because each student's path through the program is somewhat different, the recommendations are not intended as a template or mandate but simply as guidance on courses to be given particular consideration. Your MAPW advisor will work directly with you to consider and refine your selection and help you tailor your course of study to match your professional and academic goals.
Note that the list is not exhaustive and that many courses - for example, Web Design and Communicating in the Global Marketplace - appear on most of the lists. The reason for this is the obvious one that these courses are broadly relevant and will enhance the skills and credentials of any professional writer. Also note that your elective options can be chosen from any category or combination. A student interested in writing for print media about science and technology, for example, would be likely to choose courses from both relevant lists. [return to top]
* Fulfills Rhetoric requirement
** Fulfills Research Methods requirement.
Writing for New Media
Most Recommended Elective Course Options
Relevant Job Titles
Web Designer / Writer
Web Content Provider
Interactive Media specialist
Writing for Multimedia
Communicating in the Global Marketplace *
Processes of Reading & Writing *
Language & Culture*
Instructional Text Design**
Planning & Testing Documents**
Human Computer Interaction Methods **
Public Relations, Marketing, & Corporate Communications
Publishing in Information Age
Research for Writers**
Language, Power & the Law
Narrative & Argument
Basic Typography – School of Design; requires instructor permission
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