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The Professional and Public Writing Minor


The minor in professional and public writing, combined with various majors, introduces you to writing in the workplace and/or public sphere. You will find such writing valuable in occupations that include business, education, public affairs, government, health fields, and not-for-profit organizations, as well as in civic life.

A minor in Professional and Public Writing (ENG) requires satisfactory completion of the following requirements:

  • Satisfactory progress toward completion of the baccalaureate degree in the student’s home school. 
  • Completion of 15 credit hours in Writing and Literacy courses.
  • Students must have a 2.5 or higher grade point average in the 15 credit hours of the minor and a minimum grade of C in each course in the minor.
  • At least 9 credit hours must be at the 300-400 level.
  • Work with a Writing and Literacy faculty advisor in planning your courses; contact Professor Steve Fox, Director of Writing, sfox@iupui.edu for a list of those faculty and for more information.
  • One course may be shared between the English minor and the English major.

Gateway Courses (3 Credits):
Choose one course from the following: 

For a professional focus:
ENG-W 231 Professional Writing P: W131

For a public focus:
ENG-W 210 Literacy and Public Life 
ENG-W 270 Argumentative Writing 

Electives: 
Choose four courses (12 credits) from the following:

ENG-W 210 Literacy and Public Life if not already taken as gateway
ENG-W 230 Writing in the Sciences
ENG-W 231 Professional Writing if not already taken as gateway
ENG-W 262 Style and Voice for Writers
ENG-W 270 Argumentative Writing 
ENG-W 313 The Art of Fact: Writing Nonfiction Prose
ENG-W 315 Writing for the Web
ENG-W 318 Finding your E-Voice
ENG-W 320 Advanced Writing in the Arts and Sciences
ENG-W 326 Writing Nonfiction: Preparing for Publication
ENG-W 331 Business and Administrative Writing 
ENG-W 365 Theories and Practices of Editing 
ENG-W 366 Written Englishes: Living Cultural Realities
ENG-W 377 Writing for Social Change 
ENG-W 390 Topics in Writing, including Health Literacy, Medical Writing, etc. 
ENG-W 398 Writing Internship: The News Bureau
ENG-W 412 Technology and Literacy 
ENG-W 426 Writing Nonfiction: Popular and Professional Publication 
ENG-W 496 Writing Tutor Training Seminar (P: W131 and permission of instructor)
ENG-Z 204 Rhetorical Issues in Grammar and Usage
ENG-E 498 Internship

With permission from the Director of Writing, one course from a related program, such as Technical Communications, Communications Studies, or Journalism can be approved as counting toward this minor. 

To officially declare the minor, complete an English minor form available in CA 423 or on the English department website. Return the form to CA 423 or email it to lead undergraduate advisor Francia Kissel (fkissel@iupui.edu).

For a PDF of the Minor in Professional and Public Writing Checksheet, click here.

For more information, contact:  
Professor Steve Fox
Director of Writing
Email: sfox@iupui.edu
Telephone: (317) 278-2054
Office: Cavanaugh Hall (CA) 423B