Professional & Technical Writing minor & certificate

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Develop these skills in the Professional & Technical Writing Minor and Certificate:

  • Design content to meet user needs in a variety of organizational contexts 
  • Produce rhetorically-situated writing across professional and technical genres 
  • Evaluate and apply digital technologies to negotiate complex problems 
  • Analyze how texts mediate professional, technical, and public rhetorics 
  • Adapt technical information for diverse users 
  • Empathize with and advocate for users and community stakeholders 
  • Engage in ethical and accountable decision making 
  • Manage individual and team-based projects 
  • Make connections with future professional goals and experiences 

Gain marketable experience that pairs well with any major

Course-embedded client service projects and an internship (required for the minor and optional for the certificate) allow students to connect their education to their desired career paths. 

The minor and certificate are 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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Minor Requirements

See the requirements for this minor

Use this printable checklist for advising (double-check requirements with your advisor and WINGS)

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

See the requirements for this certificate

Use this printable checklist for advising (double-check requirements with your advisor and WINGS)

Requirements may be different depending on your course catalog year (this is the year you started at UWL). 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). 

Internships

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Download PTW internship instructions as a PDF file. 

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