Planning Your CourseworkEdit

Graduating college with a Professional Writing degree is not a walk in the park. It is not just doing well in your classes, but what classes you take. To be sure that you are on track to graduate, constantly be in contact with your advisor. Your advisor is well trained, and knows which classes you should enroll in. He or she will also be able to help you with any other general college questions.

If you are new to the Professional Writing major, Cathy Skinner will most likely be your new advisor. The sooner you talk to her, the better. She will put you on track to graduate with a Professional Writing degree.


The university provides a list of classes you will need to graduate with a Professional Writing degree. You will still need 120 credits, and completion of the Area classes, but this sheet gives a detailed list of the classes you are required to take. Follow it well. You can find it on the English Department's website.

Some classes on the PW track include:

  • Introduction to Professional Writing
  • Technical Editing and Style
  • Creating User Documentation
  • Designing Documents for Print
  • Intercultural Issues in Professional Writing
  • Grant Proposals and Reports
  • Writing for the Web
  • Science Writing
  • Issues in Professional and Public Discourse

Some optional Linguistics courses:

  • Working English Grammar
  • Language and Society
  • History of the English Language
  • English Syntax

If you are curious what you can expect from these classes, visit the Professional Writing section of the English Department's website. There you can see various course in the PW Curriculum.

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