ENGL398E - Topics in Professional Writing; Writing about Economics

In this course students examine the rhetoric of economics, moving from the neutral (such as testimony from the Chairman of the Federal Reserve or the Treasury Secretary) to the political (campaign slogans or policy papers). Students learn to read and decipher economic "spin," to tailor reports for specific audiences, and to argue persuasively. The course examines discipline-specific writing about economics (agriculture, geography, public policy, sociology, for example) and discusses the values of careful document design and effective visual rhetoric. In addition to such standard assignments as the resume and the proposal, students also write a press release, an op-ed, and a letter to the editor of a major newspaper. The course demonstrates that good writing can make economics less of a "dismal" science.

For more information about this course please see the Professional Writing Programs website.


ENGL101; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. Restriction: Must have earned a minimum of 60 credits; and junior standing or higher. Not open to students who have completed ENGL394E. Credit will be granted for only one of the following: ENGL398E or ENGL394E. Formerly ENGL394E.


This course satisfies the professional writing requirement. For ENGL majors to receive major credit from this course, they will have to have already fulfilled the professional writing requirement with another course.