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 spring quarter 2012. English 256 will be run primarily as a workshop.
The other 20 credits needed for the endorsement are from the college’s composition offerings and are prerequisites to English 256, meaning all 20 credits must be completed with a 2.0 or better before attending the capstone course.
The endorsement is intended to aid students in their college and professional careers.
“Every advertisement for a job worth having says the same thing: ‘Applicant must have excellent written communication skills.’ By completing the endorsement, here’s a way for students to document that on their resumes,” said Duncan McClinton, coordinator for Puyallup’s English and Humanities Department.
The steps to earning an endorsement include:
Completing 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.
The second step is taking 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 Department at 840-8373. His office is in room CTR-290B.
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