What is professional writing, anyway? Those who study professional writing gain the knowledge and skills necessary to join a community of professionals who are communication experts in a multitude of workplace settings: nonprofit organizations, publishing companies, manufacturing plants, medical institutions, and legal offices, to name just a few.

Professional writers are the go-to people who dabble in web design, write copy for the launching of new products, personalize digital and multimedia documents for specific users, and much, much more. Professional writing is a field that’s fun, challenging, and dynamic. Check it out!

The Major

The Professional Writing concentration prepares students for careers that require strong skills in writing, research, and document design.

English Majors who concentrate in Professional Writing will learn how to write and design the kinds of documents that are most common outside of university classrooms, such as memos, brochures, newsletters, reports, instructions, manuals, multimedia presentations, and resumes. Professional Writing courses emphasize drafting, revising, and designing documents in both print and digital formats. Many of the courses provide students opportunities to engage the community and gain hands-on experience writing for real audiences and purposes.

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The Minor

The Minor in Professional Writing prepares students in any major for the writing required in their chosen careers. Students who Minor in Professional Writing will learn how to compose both academic and professional documents, emphasizing the requirements of writing in their own disciplines. Professional Writing courses emphasize drafting, revising, and designing documents in both print and digital formats.

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