Professional and Public Writing

The perfect complement to hundreds of other majors

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.
  • 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