Professional & Technical Writing minor

About the Minor

In the Professional and Technical Writing Minor, students hone skills in effective and ethical written communication for professional and technical contexts:

  • Communicating an organization's goals and objectives to a range of stakeholders, 
  • Explaining technical and specialized topics, 
  • Designing and delivering information in a way that meets the needs of specific users and organizations, and 
  • Using a range of technologies to complete written communication projects.

Course-embedded client service projects and an internship requirement allow students to connect their education to their desired career paths. 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 Specialist
  • Instructional Designer & Corporate Trainer
  • User Experience Designer
  • Technical Writer
  • Corporate Blogger
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Government Communications Officer
  • Healthcare Communications Specialist
  • Scientific Communicator
  • Brand Strategist
  • Search Engine Optimization Specialist
  • Web Content Writer
  • Project Management Specialist
  • Non-Profit Communications Specialist

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Requirements

New requirements for the 2018-19 catalog: PTW curriculum sheet Fall 2017 (Applies to all students who entered UWL in fall 2016 or later.)

Requirements prior to fall 2016: PW curriculum sheet Nov 2016.pdf (Applies to all students who entered UWL prior to fall 2016. Students in these catalogs may choose to change to the newer catalog.)

Requirements will 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 practicum (internship) requirement (3 credits) as a capstone to the student’s experience--ENG 452. Approximately 7-10 hours per week during fall or spring semester, students will be participating in a PTW writing internship experience. In that same semester, students will "meet" online to discuss readings, internship experiences, and build 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 after you've completed a few courses in the minor.
  • Start looking and applying for internships at least early/midway through the semester before you plan to take ENG 452.
  • For fall semester 2018, you should be searching/applying by midway through spring semester 2017. For a spring 2019 internship, begin searching/applying midway through fall 2018. Some opportunities are posted earlier, some later. 
  • 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, the ENG 452 course component will occur online in D2L.
  • You'll then need to start 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