Offered by the Department of English and Modern Languages
Professors Doerksen, Guignard (Chairperson), Harris, Pifer, Stinebeck, Sullivan-Blum, and Ulrich
Assistant Professors Lint, Mason
World Languages faculty:
Professors Arango-Keeth, Holtman
Associate Professors Oyallon
The Professional Writing minor program provides students with a strong grounding in the field of professional writing. The minor consists of 3 core courses and 3 elective courses. The core courses introduce students to writing for professional contexts, including in-depth attention to the rhetoric of writing for professional contexts, copyediting, and writing for the web. The elective courses allow students to shape the rest of their minor program according to their particulur interests. Students from a variety of majors may successfully complete the Professional Writing minor; the minor contributes especially well to programs such as Business, Nutrition, Biology, Chemistry, Criminal Justice, Psychology, Community Health Education, Graphic Design, Communication, Geography, and Political Science.
All professional writing courses will:
- Focus applications of the writing process, including prewriting, drafting, and revising, to professional written communications,
- Provide ample opportunity for students to practice writing in a clear, consise, and coherent style using standard conventions of English
- Require students to use specific rhetorical strategies to adapt written communications for particular audiences, such as managers, colleagues, and clients
Program Learning Outcomes:
Students who complete the Professional Writing Minor will have demonstrated their
- Ability to understand writing as a process, to assess rhetorical contexts, and to revise written work effectively.
- Ability to write clearly and purposefully, with attention to the grammar, mechanics, and other conventions of the English language.
- Ability to write effectively for specific professional contexts.