Requirements for the Professional Writing Minor

Effective Fall 2024, the UMW English & Linguistics department offers a professional writing minor.

The Professional Writing minor provides students with the opportunity to develop their written communication skills. The minor offers an extended study of writing processes, genres, styles, and purposes. Coursework helps students cultivate their understanding of different rhetorical situations and audiences through focused analysis and creation of diverse texts, including research reports, technical documents, and multimodal projects. This minor can complement any major and prepares students for various academic, professional, and public writing contexts.

Requirements include two different ENGL 202 topics courses and 9 credits of the following with at least three courses at the 300-level or higher

ENGL 203
Writing with Digital Media
ENGL 306
Topics in Writing
ENGL 307
Writing Studies
ENGL 308
Writing Studies and Healing
ENGL 314
The Literary Journal: Professional Practice in Publishing and Editing
Technical Writing
ENGL 401
Professional Identities
ENGL 491
Individual Study 2
ENGL 492
Individual Study 2
ENGL 499
Internship 2
LING 491
Individual Study in Linguistics 2
LING 492
Individual Study in Linguistics 2
LING 499
Internship 2

2 Must focus on professional writing and be approved by the program director and/or department chair.

For information on the Professional Writing minor, see the Catalog description.