Minor in Professional Writing
Students in the minor have opportunities to study writing in many areas, including technical writing, professional document design, journalism, science writing, and other areas. You can plan your professional writing course list to match your goals.
In ENG 416, students work with IFixIt.com to create repair manuals for small devices.
The professional writing minor requires 18 credits. Refer to the Minor in Professional Writing Checklist (PDF).
Core Courses (Everyone needs to take these) (9 credits):
- ENG 212: Persuasive & Analytical Writing
- Choose one of these:
- ENG 317: Business & Technical Writing (Consider this course if you are planning to do an internship or get a job after graduation)
- ENG 315: Writing in the Disciplines (Consider this course if you are planning to attend graduate school.)
- ENG 415: Advanced Report & Proposal Writing
Electives (9 credits)
Everyone takes 9 credits of electives. The following list includes courses people typically take to fulfill the elective credits, but because this minor is meant to help you develop professionally, other courses can be substituted for one or more of these:
- ENG 416: Technical Editing & Document Design
- ENG 418: Topics in Professional Writing (may be repeated)
- ENG 496 : Field Experience in Professional Writing (1-6 credits)
- ENG 309: Writing Creative Nonfiction
- ENG 395: English Internship
- CMJ 236: Writing for the Mass Media
Students also substitute courses in Communication and Computer Science to round out their minor. Be sure to get approval for any substitutions before you register and take courses.