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UW English Department Announces Revised Professional Writing Minor

October 17, 2008 — Recognizing the importance of communication in professional, civic, and personal lives, the UW Department of English has revised its Professional Writing Minor. The UW Professional Writing Minor (PWM) is designed for students in any major in which effective written communication is highly valued. By providing in-depth writing instructions, this minor prepares those who seek writing expertise beyond the University Studies requirements as well as those considering careers in professional writing.

Through their coursework, PWM students will learn how to think through the complexities of writing professional documents, including researching, writing, designing, and distributing effective professional discourse. So that students may engage with the possibilities new technologies afford, all professional writing courses are taught in a state-of-the-art computer classroom.

The professional writing minor requires 18 credit hours, including two required foundations courses (English 2035: Writing for Public Forums or English 2036: Introduction to Workplace Writing and English 4000: 21st Century Issues in Professional Writing) and two or more of the upper-division professional writing courses.

Up to two other courses from any discipline that relate to professional writing may be included in the minor. Course selections must be made in consultation with the professional writing minor advisor.

Please encourage your students to consider adding this valuable minor to their courses of study.

Click  here  for a complete list of course offerings and rotation. For more information, e-mail Mary P Sheridan-Rabideau ( 

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