Professional and Public Writing

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, 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


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.

For more information, contact:

Andy Buchenot
Director of the Professional & Public Writing Program
Associate Professor of English
CA 502P