The Professional and Digital Writing Minor

The minor in professional and digital writing helps prepare students for the communicative demands of their future careers, focusing on the kinds of writing practiced across a range of contexts and in a variety of media.

These courses will guide students into a deeper understanding of writing and composing practices and provide authentic writing experiences.

A minor in Professional and Digital 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, with 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.
  • 10 credit hours must be in the English department; only one course may be shared between the major and minor.
  • 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.

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

ENG W231 Professional Writing ( P: W131)
ENG W210 Literacy and Public Life 
In some cases, an equivalent course may be substituted if approved by the Director of Writing.

Professional Writing Electives (3 Credits):
Choose one course 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 326 Writing Nonfiction: Preparing for Publication
ENG-W 331 Business and Administrative Writing 
ENG-W 365 Theories and Practices of Editing 
ENG-W 377 Writing for Social Change 
ENG-W 390 Topics in Writing as approved, including Medical Writing 
ENG-W 398 Writing Internship: The News Bureau 
ENG-W 426 Writing Nonfiction: Popular and Professional Publication

Digital Composing Electives (3 Credits):
Choose one course from the following:

ENG-W 315 Writing for the Web
ENG-W 318 Finding your E-Voice
ENG-W 367 Writing for Multiple Media 
ENG-W 412 Technology and Literacy

Additional Electives (6 Credits):
Choose two courses from either list above and/or the following:

ENG-W 262 Style and Voice for Writers
ENG-W 270 Argumentative Writing 
ENG-W 312 Writing Biography
ENG-W 313 The Art of Fact: Writing Nonfiction Prose
ENG-W 320 Advanced Writing in the Arts and Sciences
ENG-W 366 Written Englishes: Living Cultural Realities
ENG-W 390 Topics in Writing
ENG-W 400 Issues in Teaching Writing 
ENG-W 496 Writing Tutor Training Seminar (P: W131 and permission of instructor)
ENG-E 498 Internship
ENG-Z 204 Rhetorical Issues in Grammar and Usage

To officially declare the minor, visit this page.

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

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