The minor in professional writing provides students with opportunities to learn and apply advanced strategies for writing academic, professional, and civic documents. Students examine the theoretical, interdisciplinary, and professional aspects of writing and develop their expository, persuasive, organizational, and stylistic skills through close analysis of rhetorical situations and the features and approaches of successful writing. The strong communication and analytical skills developed while earning this minor contribute to student success in a wide variety of professional careers as well as graduate education.
The minor in professional writing is a valuable asset for students interested in working in media organizations, trade and professional associations, and non-profit organizations related to the arts, schools, and social change. It is also beneficial to students interested in careers in business, science, engineering, accounting, and many others that demand strong writing and communication skills for promotion and advancement.
This minor is offered by the Department of English.
For policies governing all minors, see the Academic Policies section of the catalog.
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Students pursuing this minor must complete 15 credits of coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.00. Eight credits of course work must be unique to the minor.
Students may choose all three electives in ENGH or optionally take one elective course (3 credits) from outside the department.
ENGH 483 - Technical Editing
ENGH 485 - Document Design
ENGH 489 - Proposal Writing and Development
Students choose two courses from list above and one from list below.
CHSS 390 - Peer Tutoring in Writing across the Disciplines (take 3 times)