The Professional Writing minor consists of 20 units of coursework. 12 out of 20 units must be from UWP courses. Students must complete 8 units from Group A and/or B, 4 units from Group C, and 4 additional units from another course from Group A, B, or C, and 4 units of internship credit from Group D.

PDF Checklist of Professional Writing Minor Requirements

Choose two courses from Group A and/or B

GROUP A: Writing In Academic Settings

  • ENL 100NF: Creative Writing, Nonfiction
  • UWP 101/101Y/101V: Advanced Composition
  • 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
  • UWP 102O: Writing in the Disciplines: Writing in Human Rights

GROUP B: Writing in the Professions

  • UWP 104A/104AY/104AV: Writing in the Professions: Business Writing
  • 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/104FY: Writing in the Professions: Health Sciences
  • UWP 104I: Writing in the Professions: Internships
  • UWP 104J: Writing for Social Justice
  • UWP 104T: Technical Writing
  • UWP 110: Specialized Genres in Professional Writing (offered SPRING 2024: topic = user documentation)
  • UWP 111A: Specialized Topics in Journalism
  • UWP 111B: Specialized Topics in Journalism: Investigative Reporting (offered WINTER 2024)
  • UWP 111C: Specialized Topics in Journalism: Science Journalism (offered SPRING 2024)
  • UWP 112A:  Introduction to Professional Editing (offered WINTER 2024)


Choose one course from Group C

GROUP C: Theory, History, and Design

  • ANT 120:  Language and Culture
  • CLA 110: Origins of Rhetoric
  • CMN 101/101Y:  Theories of Communication
  • CMN 112: Theories of Persuasion
  • CMN 123: Intercultural Communication
  • CMN 131: Strategic Communication in Public Relations
  • CMN 136: Organizational Communication
  • CMN 178: Persuasive Technologies
  • 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 WINTER 2024)
  • ENL/STS 164: Writing Science
  • HIS 101: Introduction to Historical Thought and Writing
  • LIN 103B: Linguistic Analysis II: Morphology, Syntax, Semantics
  • LIN 141: Semantics
  • PHI 137A: Theory of Reference
  • PHI 137B: Truth and Meaning
  • PHI 137C: Semantics and Pragmatics
  • STS 109: Visualization in Science
  • STS 163: History of Communication Technologies
  • UWP 100: Genre Theory and Professional Writing
  • UWP 115: Writing Center Research, Theory, and Practice for Peer Writing Tutors
  • UWP 120: Rhetorical Approaches to Scientific and Technical Issues (offered WINTER 2024)
  • UWP 121: History of Scientific Writing


Choose one additional course from Group A, B, or C

Complete UWP 192: Internship in Writing from Group D

GROUP D: Internship in Writing (a total of 4 units is required)


To receive academic credit, you must fill out a Request for Approval of Internship Form. No retroactive internship credits may be applied, students must enroll in UWP 192. 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 for access). 

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

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