Professional Writing Minor

This minor is intended to help prepare students for writing-intensive jobs or careers, or for advanced study.

The program is balanced between courses emphasizing practical writing skills and those emphasizing historical or theoretical approaches to language. Choices within the elective category meet individual student needs.

Students electing this minor will be assigned a faculty advisor to help tailor the program for individual needs.

Course Requirements And Electives (Beginning 2015 Fall)

Minor in Professional Writing - 15 hours

Required Foundational Course (3 hours) from:

  • ENG 305 (Technical Writing) 
    OR
  • ENG 306 (Business Communication)

Elective Courses (12 hours)

FOUR courses from the following list:

  • ENG 207, 300, 301, 304, *305, *306, 311, 313, **492, **495, 506, 508, 550, 560

*ENG 305 or 306 count if not taken to fulfill the Required Foundational Course above

**ENG 492 and ENG 495 (approval of Department Chair; must focus on a professional writing project - e.g. grant writing, organizational formal reports, etc.)


Course Requirements And Electives (Prior to 2015 Fall)

Minor in Professional Writing - 18 hrs.

The Professional Writing minor is intended to help prepare students for writing-intensive employment in business, technical, and/or research-based enterprise.

Required courses: 9 hrs.

  • ENG 305 Technical Writing
  • ENG 306 Business Communication
  • One of ENG 311/FLL 311 (Introduction to Language) or ENG 312 (Grammar for Teaching)

Three courses selected from the following categories:

  • One or two of:
    • ENG 300 Advanced Writing-Exposition
    • ENG 301 Advanced Writing-Argumentative Writing
    • ENG 304 Advanced Writing-Research in Individual Disciplines
  • One of:
    • ENG 207 Creative Writing I
    • ENG 503 Intensive Creative Nonfiction Workshop
  • One or two of:
    • ENG 506 Writing in the Professions
    • ENG 508 Composing Hypertext
    • ENG 550 Language Theory
    • ENG 560 Writing Theory
    • ENG 580 Theories & Methods of Teaching Composition
    • ENG 492 Practicum in English
    • ENG 495 Independent Study (professional writing project only, with approval of department chair)