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Professional and Technical Writing (Minor)

For students who are looking for a minor to launch their career, the Professional and Technical Writing Minor is one to invest in.

Degrees & Offerings
  • Minor
Program Contact
Associate Professor English/Director of the Professional Writing and Digital Rhetoric Program
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Important Notice: This minor program is currently under review for approval within the integrated Commonwealth curriculum. Students who have previously declared this minor should follow the pre-integration sequence for program completion by working with their minor advisor. At this time, new minor declarations are not being accepted. Interested students are encouraged to monitor this website for status updates.

This minor provides students with hands-on experience with actual projects in the 400 level courses as well as grounding their work in sound rhetorical strategies. If you're looking to develop your professional identity and web presence, take a look at all the minor as to offer.

Graduating with a degree in Biology, Business or English?

Then the Professional and Technical Writing Minor is something well worth considering. The minor supports and enhances the careers of students graduating from the Schools of the Sciences, Liberal Arts, Business and the College of Education. While the minor is the newest of the minors in the English Department, it was developed to support the major tracks as well as work with other majors and colleges. The minor is strongly interdisciplinary and helps students develop highly valued writing skills in the professional workplace. For example, if you’re majoring in Biology, there are opportunities to take courses in Medical Writing. If you’re a Communications Major, there is a list of courses ranging from linguistics to writing for multiple media. The minor, while relatively new on campus, has grown to over 100 students. Five of the first six students in the minor are in graduate programs.

The Professional and Technical Writing Minor

There’s no reason to fear that the Professional and Technical Writing Minor will slow down your race to graduation. The minor's flexible curriculum provides a variety of opportunities to complete the program with little scheduling difficulty. The minor is also focused through course selection to provide specific support for other majors across the university's colleges and programs. With only six courses to achieve the minor, students can find the right niche for their major.

Professional and Technical Writing Certificate Program

For those who are interested, but already in the workforce, there is a certificate available for Professional and Technical Writing. All classes are taught outside of the classroom in Center City, Philadelphia, and at Dixon University Center, Harrisburg. The certificate program is intended for working professionals to gain insight on ways to enhance your professional presence. Professional and Technical Writing classes are streamed live to the outside locations, giving the students and professionals the opportunity to work together. In addition, the certificate will teach the employee the most effective ways to write for different audiences, in different styles.

Program Requirements

The minor consists of 18 Credits (six courses) and students must select class from each of the three categories (in addition 9 of the 18 credit minor must be in classes from Bloomsburg University):

  • Group One (6 credits): Includes some survey and disciplinary writing courses;
  • Group Two (3 credits): Includes courses in Linguistics; and
  • Group Three (6 credits): Includes upper level experiential-learning courses
  • One additional 3 credit course must be completed from Group(s) 1 or 3

The Group One courses include Technical Writing (an interdisciplinary course) that is a prerequisite for a number of the upper level courses. Other classes include courses from the English, Communications, Art, History, Anthropology, and Biology majors.

The Group Two courses are English Department courses, which are offered most semesters and focus on the structure and usage of language, which a focus on both the history and present use of language.

The Group Three courses are all English Department courses, which a strong focus on theory and application. Courses, which include Writing in the Professions, Writing for the Internet, and Writing for Multiple Media as well as Theory and Practice of Writing work as capstone courses which require significant group work as well as portfolio ready projects. The importance of rhetorical awareness and project management are central to these course experiences.

Courses and Curriculum

The Professional Writing Minor has flexibility for many majors.

To complete the minor, you may pick and choose from various classes according to your own interests. Some of these classes include:

Composition II

This course is an intermediate-level study and practice in composition. Its main focus is on expanding basic writing skills, while also providing instruction in short and long essays and in research-supported writing. This course satisfies 3 credits in communication: the second level writing or writing intensive literature courses for General Education. This course counts as a Group A, Humanities and the Liberal Arts General Education Requirements.

» Prerequisite: ENGLISH.101 or consent of department chairperson.

English Grammar and Usage

English Grammar and Usage familiarizes students with both traditional and modem grammatical terminology, offers a descriptive overview of American English grammar and syntax and provides a structural framework for analyzing written English. The course study is designed to (i) enable students to gain an explicit (conscious) knowledge of English grammar and syntax, (ii) provide students with the tools necessary for analyzing and understanding English syntactic structures and their variant patterns and (iii) illustrate the important link between grammatical and stylistic choices and written communication. This course earns three GEPs toward Goal 1 Communication in general education.

» Prerequisite: ENGLISH.101. Open to all majors.

Language in American Society

This course is a review of social, political and philosophical perspectives on the historical development and current status of English and other languages in American society. Language in American Society counts as a Group A, Humanities and as a Liberal Arts General Education Requirement. There are three hours of lecture per week.

» Prerequisite: 45 credits and either ENGLISH.201 or ENGLISH.203 or permission of the instructor. Not offered every semester.

Modern Linguistic Theory

As a survey of modern developments in linguistics, this course includes transformational-generative grammar, applications of theory to patterns of language acquisition and current adaptations of theory for presentation as grammar in schools. Modern Linguistic counts as a Group A, Humanities and as a Liberal Arts General Education Requirement. This course has three hours of lecture per week.

» Prerequisite: 45 credits and either ENGLISH.201 or ENGLISH.203 or permission of the instructor. Please note that this course is not offered every semester.

Writing for the Internet

An advanced course, Writing for the Internet is open to all majors. It is particularly oriented toward those interested in publishing, e-commerce and media studies. Students will demonstrate critical awareness of rhetorical conventions on the Internet as well as producing websites, both individually and in collaboration with other members of the class. Previous experience with word-processing and web-browsing programs is assumed. No other computer experience is necessary. This course counts as a Group A, Humanities and as a Liberal Arts General Education Requirement. Like other courses, it requires three hours of lecture per week.

» Prerequisite: 45 credits and either ENGLISH.201 or ENGLISH.203 or permission of the instructor. Please note that this course is not offered every semester.

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A minor in Professional and Technical Writing is a unique opportunity to show what you can do with your writing and to showcase your creativity as an effective communicator. It is perfect for any major, and will prepare you for a wide range of careers. Students who graduate with the Professional and Technical Writing minor typically enter the communications or public relations field. However, many use the minor as a way to move up in the workforce pertaining to their specific major. As such, keep in mind that these are just a few examples of what students can do with the minor.

Potential Job Opportunities

  • Author
  • Advertising Representative
  • Archivist
  • Bibliographer
  • Business Writer
  • Copy Editor
  • Corporate Communications Manager
  • Cultural Interpreter
  • Editor
  • Editorial Assistant
  • Event Coordinator
  • Fiction Writer
  • Film Researcher/Consultant
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Freelance Writer
  • Fundraiser
  • Historian
  • Historical Researcher
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Legislative Aid
  • Librarian
  • Lobbyist
  • Media Correspondent
  • Paralegal
  • Policy Researcher
  • Political Advisor
  • Politician
  • Press Agent
  • Public Affairs Consultant
  • Public Policy Researcher
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Public Speaking Consultant
  • Publicist
  • Radio Host
  • Radio Producer
  • Researcher
  • Script Supervisor/Editor
  • Speech Writer
  • Sports Writer
  • Teacher
  • Technical Writer
  • Translator
  • Travel Writer

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