The Professional Writing minor consists of twenty units of course work. Twelve of these must be UWP courses. Students will complete four units each in Groups A, B, C, and D, accounting for sixteen units. The remaining four units must be from either Group A, B, or C.

FOUR COURSES (16 units) and internship credit (4 units) = 20 units

GROUP A: Writing In Academic Settings (one course required)

  • ENL 100NF: Creative Writing, Nonfiction
  • UWP 101: Advanced Composition (can also take 101Y or 101V)
  • UWP 102A: Writing in the Disciplines: Special Topics
  • UWP 102B: Writing in the Disciplines: Biology
  • UWP 102C: Writing in the Disciplines: History
  • UWP 102D: Writing in the Disciplines: International Relations
  • UWP 102E: Writing in the Disciplines: Engineering
  • UWP 102F: Writing in the Disciplines: Food Science
  • UWP 102G: Writing in the Disciplines: Environmental Writing
  • UWP 102H: Writing in the Disciplines: Human Development and Psychology
  • UWP 102I:  Writing in the Disciplines: Ethnic Studies
  • UWP 102J:  Writing in the Disciplines: Fine Arts
  • UWP 102K: Writing in the Disciplines: Sociology
  • UWP 102L:  Writing in the Disciplines: Film Studies
  • UWP 102M: Writing in the Disciplines: Community and Regional Development

GROUP B: Writing in the Professions (one course required)

  • UWP 104A: Writing in the Professions: Business Writing (can also take 104AY)
  • UWP 104B: Writing in the Professions: Law
  • UWP 104C: Writing in the Professions: Journalism
  • UWP 104D: Writing in the Professions: Elementary and Secondary Education
  • UWP 104E: Writing in the Professions: Science
  • UWP 104F: Writing in the Professions: Health Sciences (can also take 104FY)
  • UWP 104I: Writing in the Professions: Internships
  • UWP 104J: Writing for Social Justice
  • UWP 104T: Technical Writing
  • UWP 110: Specialized Genres in Professional Writing (Spring 2022: Special Topic = User Experience)
  • UWP 111A: Specialized Topics in Journalism (Fall 2021: Special Topic = Photojournalism)
  • UWP 111A: Specialized Topics in Journalism (Spring 2021: Special Topic = Wine Writing)
  • UWP 111B: Specialized Topics in Journalism: Investigative Reporting (Winter 2022)
  • UWP 111C: Specialized Topics in Journalism: Science Journalism (Spring 2022)

GROUP C: Theory, History, and Design (one course required)

  • ANT 120:  Language and Culture
  • CLA 110: Origins of Rhetoric
  • CMN 101 (or CMN 101Y):  Theories of Communication
  • CMN 112: Theories of Persuasion
  • DES 145:  History of Visual Communication
  • DES 149: Information Design: Principles & Practice
  • ENL 105: History of the English Language
  • ENL/LIN/UWP 106: English Grammar (offered fall, winter, and spring quarter)
  • ENL/STS 164: Writing Science
  • HIS 101: Introduction to Historical Thought and Writing
  • PHI 137A: Theory of Reference
  • PHI 137B: Truth and Meaning
  • PHI 137C: Semantics and Pragmatics
  • UWP 112A:  Introduction to Professional Editing (offered fall, winter, and spring quarter)
  • UWP 120: Rhetorical Approaches to Scientific and Technical Issues (not offered in 2021-2022)
  • UWP 121: History of Scientific Writing (not offered in 2021-2022)

GROUP A, B, or C: (one course required; 4 units)

GROUP D: Writing Internship (4 units required; no more than 4 units will count toward the minor)

  • UWP 192 (must enroll in UWP 192 to receive credit; 192 internships offered by other departments are not equivalent)

If you are unsure of what kinds of internships count towards credit for the minor, we have an Internship Directory for students that catalogs positions offered or completed in the past with descriptions, requirements, qualifications, and more about each internship (email or for access). 

You can also visit the Internship in Writing page for more information.

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