• Luke Richey
  • Jay Haywood
  • Amy Roberts
  • Luke Richey

    Alumni Spotlight

    Luke Richey

    Luke Richey is a Copywriter and Content Strategist at McNutt & Partners, LLC, a local ad agency, where he drafts copy for multiple clients on a myriad of social media platforms. Read more about Luke.

  • Jay Haywood

    Alumni Spotlight

    Jay Haywood

    Jay is a Product Support Representative at Fidelity National Information Services. Read more about Jay.

  • Amy Roberts

    Alumni Spotlight

    Amy Roberts

    Amy is the Communications Coordinator at Growing Kings, a non-profit providing school-based, group mentoring programs for at-risk males in Birmingham City Schools. Read more about Amy.

Members of the student professional writing club. 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!

Major Concentration

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.

You must complete 42 hours of eligible English courses at the 200-, 300-, and 400-level. A complete list of major requirements, courses, and a proposed four-year program of study for the Professional Writing concentration are available in the UAB Undergraduate Catalog.

Minor Concentration

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.

A complete list of minor requirements and courses is available in the UAB Undergraduate Catalog.


Bruce McComiskey
Director of Professional Writing Programs
University Hall 5039
(205) 934-8572
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Professional Writing Club
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