The Professional Writing minor consists of 20 units of coursework. Of these, 12 must be UWP courses. Students complete 8 units from Group A and/or B, 4 units from Group C, and 4 units from Group A, B, or C, accounting for 16 units. Students complete 4 additional units from Group D.

Four courses (16 units) and internship credit (4 units) = 20 units

Choose two courses from Group A and/or B

GROUP A: Writing In Academic Settings

  • 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

  • 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 (Spring 2023)
  • UWP 104J: Writing for Social Justice
  • UWP 104T: Technical Writing
  • UWP 110: Specialized Genres in Professional Writing (not offered 2022-2023)
  • UWP 111A: Specialized Topics in Journalism (Winter 2023: Special Topic = TBA)
  • UWP 111B: Specialized Topics in Journalism: Investigative Reporting (not offered 2022-2023)
  • UWP 111C: Specialized Topics in Journalism: Science Journalism (Spring 2023)
  • UWP 112A:  Introduction to Professional Editing (Winter and Spring 2023)
Choose one course from Group C

GROUP C: Theory, History, and Design

  • ANT 120:  Language and Culture
  • CLA 110: Origins of Rhetoric
  • CMN 101 (or CMN 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 (Fall, Winter, and Spring)
  • 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 104: Visualization in Science
  • STS 163: History of Communication Technologies
  • UWP 100: Genre Theory and Professional Writing (not offered in 2022-2023)
  • UWP 115: Writing Center Research, Theory, and Practice for Peer Writing Tutors (not offered in 2022-2023)
  • UWP 120: Rhetorical Approaches to Scientific and Technical Issues (not offered in 2022-2023)
  • UWP 121: History of Scientific Writing (not offered in 2022-2023)
Choose one additional course from Group A, B, or C
Complete UWP 192: Internship in Writing from Group D

GROUP D: Internship in Writing (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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