Professional Writing Minor

Writing matters--a lot.

For an employer reading your resume or cover letter, your writing will represent the way your mind works. In school, writing skills will improve your grades on papers and presentations. In the workplace, the stakes are higher and the power of the pen must not be underestimated. Research shows that employers value workers who can think creatively and communicate effectively. The strongest communicators have an edge in getting interviews, landing jobs, and advancing in careers. Whether you seek to become a professional writer or a writing teacher at a community college; whether you seek to enhance your resume, enter graduate or professional school, or improve your job performance, our certificates can meet your objective. The bottom line: Certification in writing can add value to any major or degree and can advance you along many career paths.

Why choose a minor in Professional Writing?

Writing programs are a fast and flexible way for undergraduates to boost their resumes. The writing minor features small, writing-intensive courses covering forms of writing that you might not have tried before. A writing minor will position you to write your own ticket as an employee or as an entrepreneur.

What Will You Learn?

Coursework in rhetoric, writing, reading, and pedagogical inquiry explores best practices and outcome-based assessment, peer review/response, process/product emphasis, and diversity.

What Will You Do?

Popular Careers for Writers include:

  • Proposal Manager
  • Communications Manager
  • Senior Technical Writer
  • Senior Copywriter
  • Technical Writer
  • Managing Editor
  • Web Content Specialist
  • Legal Secretary
  • Publications Editor
  • Paralegal/Legal Assistant
  • Copywriter
  • Web Content Editor
  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Public Relations (PR) Specialist
  • Proofreader
  • Grant Writer
  • Social Media Manager
  • Assistant Editor
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Editorial Assistant
Faculty and Staff
  • Dr. Ji Young Kim (Chair)
  • Dr. Beth Bir (Assistant Chair)
  • Ms. Vickie Bannon (Administrative Support Associate)
  • Dr. Trela Anderson
  • Dr. Sara Boissonneau
  • Dr. Brenda Hammack
  • Dr. Brooksie Harrington
  • Dr. Eric Hyman
  • Ms. LaTasha Jones
  • Dr. Nicole McFarlane
  • Dr. Edward McShane
  • Dr. Joshua Murray
  • Dr. Micki Nyman
  • Dr. Maria Orban
  • Dr. Dean Swinford
  • Dr. Charles Tryon
  • Dr. Alison Van Nyhuis
  • Professor Carole Weatherford
  • Ms. Toni Thomas
  • Ms. Crystal Edmonds
  • Ms. Yuri Abdul-Latif
  • Dr. Dorothy Tatum