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Undergraduate Minors|Department of English

Course Requirements

The professional writing minor requires 18 credit hours, distributed as seen below. In parentheses, please note the semesters in which each course is typically offered. When registering for courses, students should confirm this tentative schedule with the professional writing minor coordinator to ensure course availability.

Required Foundations Course (3 credits)

English 2005: Writing in Technology and the Sciences. (Fall/Spring)


English 2035: Writing for Public Forums (Fall/Spring)

Program Courses (6 total credits)

Students in the minor take two of the following courses:

English 4010:  Technical Writing in the Professions (Fall/Spring/Summer)

English 4020:  Editing for Publications (Spring)

English 4025:  Writing for the Web (Fall)

English 4050:  Writer's Workshop: Magazine Writing (Fall)

English 4075:  Writing for Non-Profits (Fall/Spring)

English 4970:  Writing Internship (Fall/Spring/Summer)

Elective Courses (6 total credits)

The minor requires 6 credits of elective courses. The list includes some examples of courses that students have used in the past or that would otherwise serve as suitable electives for the minor. This list is not comprehensiveElective courses should be writing intensive courses that align with students' professional objectives and should be chosen in consultation with the professional writing minor coordinator. 

NOTE: Students may also select additional Program Courses from the list above to fulfill the Elective requirement.

Sample Course Electives

AGEC 3400: Agricultural Law

ACCT 4600: Ethics and Professionalism (WC)

EDST 3000: Teacher as Practitioner (WB)

ESS 3480: Environmental Change (WB)

FCSC 4127: Directing Preschool and Daycare Programs (WC)

GEOG 4051: Environmental Politics (WC)

NURS 4250: Leadership in Nursing

Required Capstone Course (3 credits)

English 4000: 21st Century Issues in Professional Writing (Spring)

Click here for more detailed course descriptions. All courses in the minor must be completed with a C or better. For more information about course listings or to set up an advising appointment about the professional writing minor, contact Michael Knievel at

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