Professional Writing Minor

All professionals need excellent communication skills. The professional writing minor gives students from any discipline a grounding in the theoretical foundations of writing, rhetoric, and multimedia communication as well as opportunities to learn to write for almost any professional purpose, audience, or format.

Interested students should apply to the minor program early in their academic career, usually by the fifth semester of college work, but no later than the end of the drop/add period of the first semester of their last year of didactic work.

Coursework & Duration


Course Number Course Name Credits
EN 101
WR 101
College Composition
Writing and Rhetoric I
3 credits each

Theoretical Foundations (3 credits)

Course Number Course Name Credits
WR 305 Interdisciplinary Argumentative Writing 3 credits
WR 320 History of Rhetoric 3 credits
WR 325 Rhetoric of Science 3 credits

Introductory Courses in Disciplinary Areas (6 credits)

Course Number Course Name Credits
WR 302 Scientific Writing 3 credits
WR 303 Professional Writing 3 credits
WR 307 Visual Communication 3 credits

Advanced Writing Courses (6 credits)

Course Number Course Name Credits
WR 340 Special Topics in Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse Studies 1-3 credits
WR 401 Writing the Nonfiction Essay 3 credits
WR 402 Public Relations Writing 3 credits
WR 404 Multimedia Writing 3 credits

Capstone Course (3 credits)

Course Number Course Name Credits
WR 399 Independent Study in Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse Studies 3 credits

Requirements & Expectations

The minor in professional writing includes 18 credits in courses in writing (WR) as indicated below. The final three credits of the program is a capstone course for which the student produces a professional writing portfolio. A minimum of 12 credits of minor coursework must be completed in addition to any courses (required courses or program electives) included in the major curriculum. Up to 6 credits of coursework, with an earned grade of ā€œCā€ or better, taken at another accredited institution, may be applied to the course requirements of the minor upon prior approval of the program director.


Justin Everett, PhD


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