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.
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.
Visit the page for more information on the minor and classes that are offered.
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