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Professional Writing

The professional writing minor, which is open to all students, shows how you can apply your writing skills in many professional environments. You focus on business or technical writing, then you can explore other literary styles. You also can learn and practice expository, argumentative, travel, grant and web writing. The minor is a valuable asset to majors such as business, communication, health science and marketing.

Minor Requirements

Required Courses - 3 hrs.

  • ENG 305: Advanced Writing—Technical Writing - 3 hrs.
    or ENG 306: Advanced Writing—Business Communication - 3 hrs.

Elective Courses (choose four) - 12 hrs.

  • ENG 207: Creative Writing I - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 300: Advanced Writing-Exposition - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 301: Advanced Writing-Argumentative Writing - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 302: Advanced Writing—Travel Writing - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 304: Advanced Writing—Research in Individual Disciplines - 3 hrs.
  • *ENG 305: Advanced Writing—Technical Writing - 3 hrs.
  • *ENG 306: Advanced Writing—Business Communication - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 311: Introduction to Language - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 312: Grammar for Teaching - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 313: Grammar for Writing and Speaking - 3 hrs.
  • **ENG 492: Practicum in English - 1-6 hrs.
  • **ENG 495: Independent Study - 1-3 hrs.
  • ENG 506: Writing in the Professions - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 508: Composing Hypertext - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 550: Language Theory - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 560: Writing Theory - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 580: Theories and Methods of Teaching Composition - 3 hrs.

*ENG 305 or 306 count if not taken to fulfill the required foundational course.
**ENG 492 and 495 may be taken with the approval of the department chair. (Must focus on a professional writing project, e.g. grant writing, organizational formal reports, etc.)