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What is Professional Writing?

Professional writing majors and minors complete a curriculum with courses that allow them to work on real products for real clients. Students learn how to balance client and audience needs, assess and meet the conventions of professional genres, and successfully create a portfolio of writing samples to demonstrate their knowledge.


Graduates leave with a thorough portfolio, including samples of a variety of professional writing genres and a special focus project completed during senior seminar.


Coordinated by program faculty and the Career Services Office, internships provide additional application of course content in an off-campus professional environment.


Professional Writing faculty are published writers and members of professional organizations such as the Association of Writing Programs and the Modern Language Association.

Postgraduate Career Opportunities

  • Technical communications
  • Corporate communications
  • Publishing
  • Instructional design
  • New/digital media
  • Public relations
  • Advertising
  • Legal writing
  • Sports writing

Student Testimonials

“My undergraduate coursework reinforced the fundamentals of professional writing by applying them to various industries and software competencies. In the post-graduation job search, my class projects became critical portfolio pieces that demonstrated my learned abilities. As a Content Producer with the Chicago e-learning company NogginLabs, Inc., I constantly exercise the principles I learned in school—both those about writing and professionalism in general.”

Katie Ward, Class of 2014
Content Producer, NogginLabs, Inc.


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Two courses from any 200, 300 and/or 400 level Literature (EN) courses.
Nine hours from the following (three of which must have a WR prefix):

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