Department of English

Specializations

MAPC students use the interactive whiteboard to collaborate on a writing project.

As you begin the MAPC program, you will create a specialization in consultation with your faculty advisor. This ability to customize your MAPC degree will allow you to pursue your career goals and objectives or further graduate study. For some examples of jobs held by MAPC alumni, see our where-are-they-now page. 

As an MAPC student, you will take four core courses. Your specialization will guide your selection of cognate courses, of which you will take five. These cognate courses may include MAPC courses or courses outside the department. Your creation of a custom specialization may change early in your time here, but you should confirm a set of cognate courses by the beginning of your second semester.

Although each indivdual student creates their own custom specialization, the program has developed cognate course recommendations for several common specializations to help you with your selection. You may choose to include these recommended courses in your custom specialization or choose other courses:

Digital Publishing.  English 8360 (Digital Publishing), English 8340 (Usability Testing), English 8380 (Global Communication), English 8320 (Special Topics: Public Relations).  If you are wondering where a specialization in digital publishing can lead you, check out the alumni profiles of Tim Cook, Carrie Priddy DuPre, Bobby Rettew, and Brian Verhoeven.

Health Communication.  English 8040 (Fundamentals of Health Communication), English 8060 (Medical Rhetoric and Writing), English 8070 (Health Communication Campaigns).  Completing all three courses will earn you the Health Communication Certificate.  While a student in the MAPC program, Yuanyuan Zhang used her health communication specialization to make big changes here at Clemson, and she continues to work in the health communication field today.  To read about her success, please visit Yuanyuan's alumni profile.

Teaching. English 8850 (Composition Theory), English 8540 (Teaching Professional Writing), English 698 (Studio Composition and Communication), English 8390 (Proposal Writing).  Many MAPC graduates follow careers in teaching, either by pursuing a PhD or by teaching as a lecturer at the college level.  For some examples, see the alumni profiles of Jared Christensen, Ashley Cowden, and Rebecca Pope-Ruark.

Technical Writing.  English 6900 (Advanced Technical and Business Writing), English 6950 (Technical Editing), English 8340 (Usability Testing), English 8380 (Global Communication).  Many of our alumni hold positions that focus on or incorporate technical writing.  Often, positions categorized as digital publishing involve a significant amount of technical writing expertise as well.  For more information about careers that feature technical writing, see the alumni profiles of Christopher Lohr and Lindsey Robbins.

Others.  If your specailization is not listed above, remember these specalizations are only suggestions. Students have the freedom to create custom specalizations in many areas. Examples of other custom specalizations include but are not limited to Usability Testing and Non-Pofit Communication.

It is important to the MAPC program that students are able to create custom specializations that reflect their specific interests and goals. Please note, however, that the Health Communication Certificate will be awarded only to students who complete the sequence of courses listed under Health Communication, above.