Through an addition to the college’s academic offerings, students may earn an endorsement for written communication by completing a total of 23 credits in composition studies.
The endorsement is awarded upon completion of a final capstone course. In the final course students generate a portfolio, showcasing what they believe is their best college writing. This three-credit capstone course, titled English 256, will be offered for the first time spring quarter 2011. English 256 will be run primarily as a workshop.
The other 20 credits needed for the endorsement are from the college’s composition offerings.
This endorsement should improve the chances for students to find better jobs.
“Every advertisement for a job worth having says the same thing — ‘Applicant must have excellent written communication skills,” said Duncan McClinton, coordinator for Puyallup’s English and Humanities Department. “By completing the endorsement, here’s a way for students to document that on their resumes.”
The requirements for earning an endorsement include:
n Complete 10 credits of core composition courses with a 2.0 gpa or better. These classes are English 101 and then selecting one of the following composition studies such as English 103, Argumentation and Research; English 107, Writing About Literature or English 235, Technical Writing.
n Take 10 credits of elective courses. Courses must be completed with a 2.0 or better.
These courses include English 103, Argumentation and Research; English 107, Writing About Literature or English 235, Technical Writing. Following the completion of the 20 credits, students then enroll in the capstone English 256.
For more information, contact Duncan McClinton, coordinator of English and Humanities at 840-8373 (Office: CTR, 290B).
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