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About the Minor

The UWL Professional 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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View our current curriculum requirements: PW curriculum sheet Nov 2016.pdf

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

Curriculum Updates

ENG 309 Fall 2017


ENG 310 Fall 2017 flyer


The Professional Writing Minor includes a three-credit practicum (internship) requirement as a capstone to the student’s experience. 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.

Internships are typically completed in fall or spring semester. If your schedule only allows for a summer internship, please contact your Professional Writing advisor to discuss your options. You should plan to spend approximately 105-150 hours (7-10 hours/week) at your internship site over the course of the semester.  For more information, contact Dr. Lindsay Steiner at lsteiner@uwlax.edu. 

 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 fall semester 2017, you should be searching/applying by midway through spring semester 2017. For a spring 2018 internship, begin searching/applying midway through fall 2017. 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 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, fill out the "Internship Co-Op Form" in Career Services (1140 Centennial Hall). 
  • After you fill out the Career Services form, 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.

Professional Writing Speaker Series

Each semester, professional 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 writing and to network with professionals.

Spring 2017 Speaker Series 

Jessica Subach (UWL alumna) & Shawn Senn  |  Tues., 3/7 at 6:00 pm, Wimberly 139
Human Resources Managers, Courtesy Corporation

Ryan Olson (UWL alumnus)  |  Thurs., 4/13 at 6:00 pm, Wimberly 139
EVP/Broker Manager, Coldwell Banker River Valley Realtors

Karin Johnson (UWL alumna)  |  Mon., 4/24 at 6:00 pm, Centennial 3301
Public Affairs Consultant, Tunheim