Professional and Public Writing Minor

Why Professional and Public Writing?
Employers want to hire people with excellent written communication skills. Because all professional fields require some form of writing, the Professional and Public Writing Minor is the perfect complement to any major. You will learn about the various forms of writing you are likely to encounter in the workplace and how to adapt your writing for different audiences and purposes. You will also compile a portfolio of work that you can show to prospective employers.

What can it do for you?
The Professional and Public Writing Minor focuses on writing that serves professional goals or the public interest (or both). We invite students from across the university to focus on writing as a way to develop the critical writing, learning, and thinking skills necessary to all aspects of professional life. Through the minor, you will—

  • Learn how to best meet the needs of your target audience
  • Create professional documents, including proposals, reports, presentations, websites, client correspondence, and digital media
  • Become adept at working in collaborative environments by drafting, editing, designing, and revising documents with others
  • Gain familiarity with a variety of tools used for writing in a digital environment
  • Become familiar with the professional, cultural, and political dynamics of a global workplace

Curriculum Guide for Minor in Public and Professional Writing
Department of English

Course of study [18 credit hours required]
Required Foundation Courses                            
ENGL  201:  Introduction to Professional and Public Writing
ENGL  280:  Survey of Rhetorical Theory

Required Applied Course [Choose 1]
ENWR 204:  Writing for Clarity and Style
ENWR 206:  Workplace Writing
ENWR 207:  Technical Writing 
ENWR 208:  Digital Writing

Elective Courses [Choose 3, or any applied courses not already used]
ENWR 250: Special Topics in Writing
ENGL 270:  Ethnographies of Writers
ENWR 290:  Coauthoring and Collaboration
ENWR 301: Cooperative Education (English)
ENWR 350:  Writing Women Safe
ENWR 371: Teaching Writing in the Public Schools
ENWR 385:  Tutoring Writing
ENWR 400:  Community Writing
ENWR 491:  Seminar in Writing

D. Required Minimum Total: 18 s.h.

Contact Prof. Caroline Dadas, Professional and Public Writing minor coordinator, for more details. 

Download Professional and Public Writing Minor Curriculum Guide.

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