Professional Writing Minor

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Why Minor in Professional Writing?

Did you know that the ability to effectively communicate through writing is the number one job skill? 

Professional Writing Minor Graduates 2015

The minor in Professional Writing offers students advanced instruction in writing and editing as well as guidance in adapting to new technologies, new modes of discourse, and new rhetorical situations.

Students learn how to write, design, and edit effectively in multiple forms—including print, mixed media, and a variety of professional genres—for specific purposes, contexts, and audiences. They also learn how to analyze writing and writing contexts using appropriate theories and research methodologies. Through an internship requirement, the minor additionally provides students opportunities to gain experience working as professional writers in organizational settings.

The minor serves two groups of students: those who are planning careers as writers or editors (e.g., journalists, medical writers, content developers) and those whose academic and professional careers will demand advanced writing and editing skills. 

Courses in the minor will teach students about the various forms of writing they are likely to encounter, provide opportunities to experiment with their writing processes, and teach techniques for modifying their writing styles for different audiences and formats.

The Professional Writing minor offers four benefits:

  1. Extended writing expertise and knowledge
  2. Pre-professional training in writing
  3. Preparation for graduate or professional school
  4. Certification of writing expertise


You can also Study Abroad for the Minor!

Australian Internships & Writing in Sydney Quarter Abroad

offered every fall quarter

complete 12 units of the minor, including internship credit

UWP International Education Award Application 2016


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Winter 2018 Contact Information

Internship Coordinator & Faculty Advisor
Rebekka Andersen (, Voorhies 365

T 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., W 10:30-11:30 a.m., and by appointment.

Peer Advisor
Anjali Bhat (, Voorhies 181

MWF 10-10:50 a.m., T 3-5 p.m., R 11-12 p.m., 3-5 p.m., and by appointment.

Staff Advisor
Lynda Jones (, Voorhies 177

M-F 9 a.m.-12 p.m., 1-4 p.m.