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The Professional Writing Minor is Calling Your Name

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Professional writing comprises any form of communication that working professionals use to accomplish goals.

Looking for a minor that could round out your resume? Professional Writing might just be exactly what you need.

If you’re like I was, you might hear “writing” and think you need to be an English major or aspiring author to enjoy or succeed in the Professional Writing program. Actually, Professional Writing is designed to supplement a variety of degrees and provide students with the skills to communicate through writing, speaking, and digital media in their desired field—whatever that may be. In UW Professional Writing courses, you’ll find yourself working with students in computer science, finance, criminal justice, ecology, and more.


What is Professional Writing?

Different from academic writing, professional writing comprises any form of communication that working professionals use to accomplish their goals. This could be anything from grant proposals to social media management to business memorandums. Further, professional writing bridges the gap between writing and the workplace. The Professional Writing coursework will get you involved in the community, give you experience working in teams, and allow you to practice your presentation and oral communication skills.

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Not Really a Writer?

No worries—you don’t need to be! However, it’s important to recognize that a majority of workplaces require forms of written and oral communication. Whether you’re in journalism or engineering, writing, speaking, and digital media skills will undoubtedly give you a boost. In a super competitive job climate, why pass up an opportunity to make yourself stick out amongst your peers?

Going into my fifth semester in the Professional Writing program, I feel it was one of the best choices I made in my academic journey at UW. Not only did my Professional Writing coursework give me a ton of skills to add to my resume—it introduced me to the field that I am now actively pursuing as a career. Did I mention the classes are also SO much fun?

Additionally, it isn’t as demanding as many other minors, requiring only 18 credits—6 of which are electives that can focus on your specific field.

For more information on the minor and classes it offers, visit the page here.


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