Professional Writing

Communication is Key 

Written communication is a fundamental requirement for any professional position in today’s age of information.  Knowing the content in your field is no longer enough — you must also be able to communicate that content to your colleagues, your clients, the government, and so many others. Recruiters, in fact, list communication as one of the top competencies that they look for in applicants.

While various fields teach students the content of specific disciplines, professional writing takes that foundation one key step further: the targeted communication of that content through written, oral, and digital pieces.  Study of professional writing enhances the competency to connect with target audiences to achieve specific objectives and through critically assessed strategies. Writing is also pivotal for success in graduate and professional programs.  Moreover, the process of writing is a process of discovery: through writing, you’ll learn the key meaning of your information so that you can convey it more effectively.

Courses in professional writing foster those connections today.  Focused study through the minor and certificate programs enhances the students' transition to the professional world of tomorrow.

Rigorous Academics

Although you'll be increasing your communication skills through many courses, you can hone your writing knowledge even more by completing an academic program related to professional writing. 

We offer two: the minor in professional writing, and the certificate in healthcare writing.

Minor in Professional Writing

The minor in professional writing focuses on applying writing expertise to any major, from where you'll draw content.  Your demonstrated knowledge in writing thus complements the content knowledge of your major field —whether business, science, journalism, and so on. To learn more about the professional writing minor, be sure to check out the professional writing blog.

Certificate in Healthcare Writing

The certificate in healthcare writing melds courses from writing and science to prepare you for a writing career in today's healthcare arena — from highly technical documents in pharmaceutical corporations to topical pieces for patients, caregivers, and consumers.

Experiential Education through Practical Applications

Courses in professional writing provide practical learning through hands-on assignments, experiential projects, and community engagement; in all cases, you'll have the opportunity to develop a professional portfolio to substantiate your career potential.

Other available opportunities include writing, editing, or publishing for various media projects, such as an online alumni magazine for the College of Arts & Sciences. Also, PRWR@WU facilitates online informal discussion of course ideas, internship positions, and job openings in this field.