This concentration is designed for students who want to write publishable nonfiction books and articles, study writing and technology, or who are interested in professional writing or editing and publishing. Students may choose from several courses that provide instruction and guided practice in diverse types of nonfiction prose including technical and report writing, web writing, ethnography, and various forms of essay writing. They may also take introductory courses in professional editing and computer-assisted publishing.
The minor in professional writing provides students with opportunities to learn and apply advanced strategies for writing academic, professional, and civic documents. Students examine the theoretical, interdisciplinary, and professional aspects of writing and develop their expository, persuasive, organizational, and stylistic skills through close analysis of rhetorical situations and the features and approaches of successful writing. The strong communication and analytical skills developed while earning this minor contribute to student success in a wide variety of professional careers as well as graduate education.