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Minor in Professional and Public Writing

Natalie DanielsPictured | Natalie Daniels | English / Minor in Professional and Public Writing  | Elkhart, Indiana (hometown)

Minor in Professional and Public Writing

Erinn Kelley, MA | Wiekamp Hall 3145 | Coordinator

About the Minor in Professional and Public Writing

The Minor in Professional and Public Writing offers students from any major the chance to improve their competitive edge and increase their prospects for success in the increasingly complex 21st century world of work. Students extend their writing skills, learn to work collaboratively, and acquire real-life problem-solving skills (the top three attributes employers seek, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers).

  • ENG-W 130 and ENG-W 131 do not count toward the minor (though ENG-W 131 is a pre-requisite for many of the courses)
  • All courses are 3 credit hours, unless otherwise noted.

Requirements (15 cr.)
Core Course (3 cr.)

Select one course from the following:

  • ENG-W 231 Professional Writing Skills
  • ENG-W 232 Introduction to Business Writing

Professional Writing Courses (6-12 cr.)

The Professional Writing Committee reviews requests for course substitutions.

Select two to four courses from the following:

  • ENG-W 270 Argumentative Writing
  • ENG-W 280 Literary Editing and Publishing
  • ENG-W 315 Writing for the Web
  • ENG-W 367 Writing for Multiple Media
  • ENG-W 398 Internship in Writing
    (see below)

Elective Writing Courses (up to 6 cr.)

Select up to two courses from the following:

  • ENG-W 250 Writing in Context
    (variable topics)
  • ENG-W 260 Writing of Film Criticism
  • ENG-W 350 Advanced Expository Writing
  • JOUR-J 341 Newspaper Reporting
  • JOUR-J 390 Public Relations Writing
  • JOUR-J 413 Magazine Article Writing

Practicum/Internship Option

Students may, with permission of the chair of the Department of English, enroll in one supervised writing internship (ENG-W 398 Internship in Writing) or practicum after they have completed 12 of their 15 hours of coursework in the program. Approval of an internship or practicum is based on the strength of the proposal and the value of the proposed work experience.

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2020-2021 Campus Bulletin
2019-2020 Campus Bulletin
2018-2019 Campus Bulletin
2017-2018 Campus Bulletin
2016-2017 Campus Bulletin
2015-2016 Campus Bulletin
2014-2015 Campus Bulletin

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