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Public and Professional Writing

Public and Professional Writing students learn about the various forms of writing that they are likely to encounter in their careers and how to adapt their writing for different audiences and purposes. Because all professional fields require some form of writing, the Professional and Public Writing minor is the perfect complement to any major. Through the minor, students will create professional documents, including proposals, reports, presentations, websites, client correspondence and digital media. With experience in professional writing, students will position themselves as people who understand the complexities of writing in the 21st century. This minor provides excellent preparation for careers in many fields, including business, government, education and nonprofit work.

Career Opportunities

  • Grant Writer
  • Non-Profit Communications Manager
  • Social Media Coordinator
  • Technical Writer
  • Content Strategist
  • Public Relations
  • Editor
  • Speech Writer

Undergraduate Programs

BA in Public and Professional Writing

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Minor in Public and Professional Writing

With two required courses, Introduction to Public and Professional Writing and Strategies for Argument, the Public and Professional Writing minor is comprised of 18 credit hours. Students will also take one applied course (Technical Writing, Workplace Writing, or Clarity and Style) and will choose from an array of elective courses that include Digital Writing, Grant Writing, The Rhetoric of Political Writing, Writing Women Safe, and Visual Rhetoric and Writing, among others.

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