Technical & Professional Writing (Minor)
6 Courses (18 Credits)
This 18-hour minor allows students to study techniques and strategies used in genres of technical and professional writing, including within technical, medical, scientific, nonprofit, and other professional contexts. Students will learn to write in various professional and technical genres, such as reports, proposals, instructions, and educational materials, and will learn to compose for a variety of audiences. A particular focus of the minor will be in learning to communicate complex information to lay audiences. Towards this end, students will gain skills in audience analysis, document design, style and editing, and research. Students will become more aware of theories and strategies of writing through close rhetorical analysis of professional and technical exemplary texts.
The minor in Technical and Professional Writing offers an option for students majoring in Writing Arts who are concentrating in Technical and Professional Writing: if these students complete 18 credits in the minor (6 more credits beyond the Concentration, with no double counted credits between the major and the minor), they will receive the minor, but not the Concentration.
The Minor is also an option for non-Writing Arts majors who are pursuing the CUGS in Technical and Professional Writing: those students acquiring 18 credits in the minor (rather than the 12 for the CUGS), will receive the minor and not the CUGS.
SPECIAL TOPICS COURSE FALL 2018: Writing for Nonprofits
- Introduction to Technical Writing
- Scientific Writing and Rhetoric
- Medical Writing and Rhetoric
- Writing, Research & Technology
- Writing for the Workplace
- Magazine Article Writing
- Publication Layout and Design
- Tutoring Writing
- Professions in Writing Arts
- Rhetorical Theory
- The Publishing Industry
- Introduction to New Media
- Internship / Practicum
*The change from “specialization" to “concentration" will be reflected in transcripts beginning Fall 2017.