Senior Comprehensive Exam

The Senior Comprehensive Exam is a required examination for all Professional Writing majors taken, typically, in the Professional Writing student’s senior year of study; it may be taken earlier if desired, provided the student has completed a sufficient background of courses within the major.

The Comprehensive Exam is a four-hour exam and consists of three questions reflecting material from core courses and major electives in the Professional Writing major. The exam includes a required WRI 213: Copy and Line Editing portion followed by a choice of any two of the following courses:

  • WRI 207: Writing for the Workplace
  • WRI 208: Creative Writing: Forms
  • WRI 211: Journalism
  • WRI 214: Magazine Writing
  • WRI 216: Writing for Public Relations
  • WRI 220: Technical Writing

The exam is offered once at the end of each Fall and Spring semester. The exam is not offered during the Summer.

Students must pass the exam before graduating. If a student fails any question, she or he is required to retake the failed question(s) the next time the Professional Writing comprehensive exam is offered.

Detailed instructions and sample questions for all portions of the exam will be distributed to eligible Professional Writing students at a mandatory meeting well in advance of the exam date.