Professional and Public Writing

This minor aims to prepare students to write confidently and effectively in professional and public situations. Students can choose to focus on professional writing, where they analyze and produce genres required by employers; public writing, where they study and engage in meaningful social action through written texts; or a combination of courses tailored to the student’s own interests. Students will write purposefully, imaginatively, and persuasively in, across, and beyond their college courses. The minor provides excellent preparation for students whether they are pursuing graduate school, law school, or want a significant edge in the professional world or within their communities.

Degree Requirements

The Professional and Public Writing Minor

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WTNG102Expository Writing


Select two (2) WTNG courses at the 200 Level or above from the following list of courses

WTNG200Critical Writing for the Humanities and the Social Sciences*
WTNG220Critical Writing for the Professions*
WTNG230Rhetoric of Film: Writing about Film*
WTNG250Advanced Composition*
WTNG270Travel Writing*
WTNG299Special Topics in Writing*

Select two (2) WTNG courses at the 300 Level or above from the following list of courses

WTNG300Rhetoric in a Global Context*
WTNG301The Rhetoric of Narrative*
WTNG302Art of Writing: Forms of the Essay*
WTNG303Environmental Rhetoric*
WTNG305Writing the City*
WTNG310Advanced Writing Sciences*
WTNG311Technical Writing*
WTNG320Writing for Business Organizations*
WTNG321Multimodal Writing in Public Spheres*
WTNG322Advancing Public Argument*

Select one (1) course at the 400 Level or above from the following list of courses

WTNG400Writing for Social Change
WTNG430Special Topics
WTNG460Writing Studies Internship
WTNG470The Writing Thesis/Portfolio

*This course meets the 200 level University writing requirement for the Core Curriculum.

To read more about our academic offerings, or to view full course descriptions, please refer to our University Catalog.