Professional Writing Minor

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!

Internships and Writing in Dublin Quarter Abroad

offered every fall quarter

complete 12 units of the minor, including UWP 192 internship credit


Join our Facebook group for event updates, to ask questions, and to meet other minors!


Spring 2020 Contact Information

Associate Director of Professional Writing
Rebekka Andersen (
Thursdays, 2:00-3:00 p.m. via Zoom & by appointment

Join here: (note: if I am talking with another student, I may ask you to wait in the Zoom "waiting room" or to rejoin the session a bit later).

Internship Coordinator
Cassie Hemstrom (
Office Hours to be posted asap.

Peer Advisor
Bella Bucheli (
Office Hours to be posted asap.

Undergraduate Advisors
Frances David (

Lynda Jones (