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Professional Writing

Did you know that the ability to effectively communicate through writing is the number one job skill? 

The minor in Professional Writing offers students advanced instruction in writing and editing as well as guidance in adapting to new technologies, new modes of discourse, and new rhetorical situations.

Students learn how to write, design, and edit effectively in multiple forms—including print, mixed media, and a variety of professional genres—for specific purposes, contexts, and audiences. They also learn how to analyze writing and writing contexts using appropriate theories and research methodologies. Through an internship requirement, the minor additionally provides students opportunities to gain experience working as professional writers in organizational settings.

The minor serves two groups of students: those who are planning careers as writers or editors (e.g., journalists, medical writers, content developers) and those whose academic and professional careers will demand advanced writing and editing skills. 

Courses in the minor will teach students about the various forms of writing they are likely to encounter, provide opportunities to experiment with their writing processes, and teach techniques for modifying their writing styles for different audiences and formats.


20 units

Choose one course from each of the four groups (16 units)


Group A:

  • ENL 100NF Creative Writing: Non-Fiction (4 units)
  • UWP 101 Advanced Composition (4 units)
  • UWP 102A Writing in the Disciplines: Special Topics (4 units)
  • UWP 102B Writing in the Disciplines: Biology (4 units)
  • UWP 102C Writing in the Disciplines: History (4 units)
  • UWP 102D Writing in the Disciplines: International Relations (4 units)
  • UWP 102E Writing in the Disciplines: Engineering (4 units)
  • UWP 102F Writing in the Disciplines: Food Science and Technology (4 units)
  • UWP 102G Writing in the Disciplines: Environmental Writing (4 units)
  • UWP 102H Writing in the Disciplines: Human Development and Psychology (4 units)
  • UWP 102I Writing in the Disciplines: Ethnic Studies (4 units)
  • UWP 102J Writing in the Disciplines: Fine Arts (4 units)
  • UWP 102K Writing in the Disciplines: Sociology (4 units)
  • UWP 102L Writing in the Disciplines: Film Studies (4 units)
  • UWP 102M Writing in the Disciplines: Community and Regional Development (4 units)

Group B:  

  • UWP 104A Writing in the Professions: Business Writing (4 units)
  • UWP 104B Writing in the Professions: Law (4 units)
  • UWP 104C Writing in the Professions: Journalism (4 units)
  • UWP 104D Writing in the Professions: Elementary and Secondary Education (4 units)
  • UWP 104E Writing in the Professions: Science (4 units)
  • UWP 104F Writing in the Professions: Health (4 units)
  • UWP 104I Writing in the Professions: Internships (4 units)
  • UWP 104J Writing in the Professions: Writing for Social Justice (4 units)
  • UWP 104T Writing in the Professions: Technical Writing (4 units)
  • UWP 110 Specialized Genres in Professional Writing (4 units)
  • UWP 111A Specialized Topics in Journalism (4 units)
  • UWP 111B Specialized Topics in Journalism: Investigative Journalism (4 units)
  • UWP 111C Specialized Topics in Journalism: Science Journalism (4 units)

Group C:

  • ANT 110 Language and Sociocultural Anthropology (4 units)
  • ANT 120 Language and Culture (4 units)
  • CLA 110 Origins of Rhetoric (4 units)
  • CMN 101 Communication Theories (4 units)
  • CMN 105 Semantic and Pragmatic Functions of Language (Discontinued) (4 units)
  • CMN 152 Theories of Persuasion (Discontinued) (4 units)
  • DES 145 History of Visual Communication (4 units)
  • DES 149 Information Design: Principles and Practice (4 units)
  • ENL 105 History of the English Language (4 units)
  • ENL 106 English Grammar (4 units)
    • or LIN 106 English Grammar (4 units)
    • or UWP 106 English Grammar (4 units)
  • ENL 164 Writing Science (4 units)
    • or STS 164 Writing Science (4 units)
  • HIS 101 Introduction to Historical Thought and Writing (4 units)
  • PHI 137A Philosophy of Language: Theory of Reference (4 units)
  • PHI 137B Philosophy of Language: Truth and Meaning (4 units)
  • PHI 137C Philosophy of Language: Semantics and Pragmatics (4 units)
  • TCS 191 Writing Across Media (4 units)
  • UWP 112A Introduction to Professional Editing (4 units)
  • UWP 120 Rhetorical Approaches to Scientific and Technological Issues (4 units)
  • UWP 121 History of Scientific Writing (4 units)

Group D: 

  • UWP 192 Internship in Writing (4 units)
    • or equivalent

One additional course from Groups A, B, or C above (4 units)

Note: At least 12 units must be from University Writing Program courses.

Total = 20 units


Minor Advisor

Rebekka Andersen
(530) 754-6903

Internship Coordinator

Cassie Hemstrom