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About the Minor

The UWL Professional & Technical Writing minor offers a variety of courses that combine theory and practice to help students communicate effectively and ethically to audiences and users in varied professional and workplace contexts. Students will develop the ability to create innovative solutions to complex communication problems. The minor is relevant for students from a variety of academic backgrounds and with a range of career objectives, including (but not limited to) the following: 

  • Social Media & Digital Marketer
  • Grant & Proposal Writer
  • Public Relations Director
  • Advertising Specialist
  • Instructional Designer & Corporate Trainer
  • User Experience Designer

 

  • Technical Writer
  • Corporate Blogger
  • Human Resources Director
  • Government Communications Officer
  • Healthcare Communications Specialist
  • Scientific Communicator
  • Brand Strategist
  • Search Engine Optimization Specialist
  • Non-Profit Communications Specialist
  • Web/Digital Content Writer
  • Project Management Specialist

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Requirements

New requirements for 2018-19 catalog: PTW curriculum sheet Fall 2017  (May not apply to students who entered UWL prior to fall 2016.)

Requirements prior to fall 2016: PW curriculum sheet Nov 2016.pdf

Requirements may be different depending on your course catalog year. Check the requirements in your WINGS Advising Report, and talk to your PTW minor advisor for details. 

Questions? Please contact Dr. Lindsay Steiner (lsteiner@uwlax.edu) or Dr. Chris McCracken (cmccracken@uwlax.edu). 

New Courses!

ENG HIS London 2018

 

ENG 309 Fall 2017

 

 

ENG 310 Fall 2017 flyer

Internships

The Professional & Technical Writing Minor includes a three-credit practicum (internship) requirement as a capstone to the student’s experience--ENG 452. For two of the credit hours (7-10 hrs) a week, students will be participating in a professional writing internship experience. During the other credit hour, students will meet online to discuss readings, internship experiences, and the professional portfolio that will come out of the course—all with the goal of developing further students’ understanding of what it means to write in professional settings.

You should plan to spend approximately 105-150 hours (7-10 hours/week) at your internship site over the course of the semester. Internships are completed in fall or spring semester, as we are currently unable to offer ENG 452 during summer. However, students are encouraged to do more than one internship, and may do an internship without credit during summer to gain additional experience.

How to plan for the ENG 452 practicum/internship:  

  • Plan to complete the ENG 452 practicum/internship as your final course in the minor.
  • Start looking and applying for internships at least early/midway through the semester before you plan to take ENG 452.
  • For spring semester 2018, you should be searching/applying by midway through fall semester 2017. For a fall 2018 internship, begin searching/applying midway through spring 2018. Some opportunities are posted earlier, some later. 
  • Start with HandshakeIntern MatchIndeed.com, and Idealist.org. You might also find opportunities by talking with your Professional Writing advisor, professors, and students who have already completed an internship. The Professional & Technical Writing Facebook page also posts internship opportunities. 
  • You should also schedule an appointment with a Career Advisor in Career Services to help with your search. 
  • Once you have accepted an internship, submit an "experience request" using Handshake.
  • After you submit the Handshake experience request, the professor teaching ENG 452 will receive an email notification. You will then be given permission in WINGS to enroll in ENG 452. The course will automatically be listed as closed, as permissions are required for enrollment. Unless otherwise noted, ENG 452 will occur online in D2L.
  • You'll then need to begin your internship during the first week of the semester in which you are enrolled in ENG 452. 

For more information, contact Dr. Lindsay Steiner at lsteiner@uwlax.edu or Dr. Chris McCracken at cmccracken@uwlax.edu. 

Professional & Technical Writing Speaker Series

Each semester, professional and technical writers with different backgrounds and experiences are invited to campus to speak with our students about their work. Students are encouraged to attend these events to learn more about the field of professional and technical writing and to network with professionals.

Fall 2017 Speaker Series Events

Careers in Project Management & Technical Writing at Epic!
Virtual Presentation & Discussion with Epic Project Managers & Technical Writers
Wednesday, November 15 at 5:00 pm in Wing 102

What's it like to be an Instructional Designer?
Panel Presentation & Discussion with Instructional Designers from Fastenal
Monday, October 9, 2017 at 5:00 pm in Student Union 3130