Department of English and Philosophy


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Professional Writing Minor

With the Professional Writing minor, students develop greater mastery over the written language as well as enhanced critical thinking, reading, and analytic skills. Courses in the minor stress the practice of writing as well as grammar, language studies, composition, creative writing, and logic.

A minor in Professional Writing can help prepare students for careers in communication, education, law, marketing, professional and technical writing, public relations, or any field in which writing plays a role.

The minor combines well with many other majors, including the sciences, engineering, and health professions.

The minor is a total of 21 credits.

These courses are required:

  • ENGL 2280 – Grammar and Usage (3)
    ENGL 2281 – Introduction to Language Studies (3)
  • ENGL 3311 – Literary Criticism and Theory (prereq. ENGL 2211) (3)
  • ENGL 4487 – History of the English Language (3)

Plus four other courses from the following (at least two must be upper-division): (12)

  • ENGL 1107 – Nature of Language
  • ENGL 2206 – Creative Writing Workshop
  • ENGL 3306 – Intermediate Creative Writing Workshop
  • ENGL 3307 – Professional and Technical Writing
  • ENGL 4401 – Advanced Composition
  • ENGL 4406 – Advanced Creative Writing Workshop
  • ENGL 4481 – Studies in Grammar
  • ENGL 4484 – Rotating Topics in Linguistics
  • PHIL 2201 – Introduction to Logic

Contact us:
Dr. Thomas Klein
Director of English Undergraduate Studies
Dr. Lydia Wilkes
Director of Composition
Amanda Christensen
English & Philosophy Administrative Assistant



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