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Professional Writing

Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Rice

Our PW program emphasizes the kinds of thinking, reading, and writing skills necessary for today's workplaces. Students in our program learn how to write persuasively, edit and publish professional texts, research projects and consult with clients, and use online writing technologies (social media, blogging, etc.) for professional purposes.

In conjunction with the English department, we also offer study-abroad opportunities in locations like the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Japan, and Greece. Finally, we strongly encourage Professional Writing students to enroll in our robust internship program and get "on-the-job" writing/editorial experience in publishing houses and presses, local non-profits, and campus organizations.

Many of our students have used their successful internship opportunities to secure permanent positions as news editors, journalists, technical writers in local security firms and environmental consulting organizations, or to pursue advanced degrees in English, Biology, Social Work, and Law, to name a few.

To become a professional writing major or minor, click here


PW Major Worksheet / PW 4-Year Plan

The English major with a professional writing concentration (reference number 662) requires a minimum of 39 hours and leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree. A minor or second major is required.


PW Minor Worksheet

The English minor in professional writing (reference number 437) requires a minimum of 21 semester hours. No more than 6 hours taken from the English major (either the literature or the creative writing concentration) may apply toward the professional writing minor.



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 Last Modified 7/19/18