Professional Writing is an ideal first or second major for students who love to write and want to learn how to write effectively in a wide range of print and digital media. As a Professional Writing major, you will learn rhetorical theories and strategies that will prepare you to be an excellent communicator for a variety of civic, academic, and professional careers. You will have the opportunity to engage in a number of client-based and community-based writing projects, such as creating websites, brochures, social media campaigns, essays for publication, and grant proposals. Professional writing alumni work in a variety of fields, including corporate and marketing communications, digital media, editing and publishing, education, government, health, law, and technology.
Preparing for Your Future
Professional writing prepares you to:
- Be an excellent writer and communicator.
- Work as a writer, editor, or communications specialist for companies and non-profit organizations in an array of professional sectors, including business, education, government, health, marketing, publishing, science, and technology.
- Publish effective print and digital communications in a wide variety of genres and styles.
- Develop strong persuasive skills needed in all fields but especially ideal for future studies in law school or other graduate studies.
- Participate in writing projects for community organizations that provide valuable career preparation and that provide experience with project management and user-centered design.
- Conduct rhetorical analysis and usability and user-experience research.
- Develop personal and public expression and intercultural competencies for active citizenship in local and global communities.
Career prospects for professional writers are robust and expected to grow.
As professional writers and as Professional Writing students and faculty, we recognize the rhetorically complex, multi-mediated nature of writing. We think and act rhetorically, which means we recognize the constructed nature of knowledge, and we acknowledge, consider, and respond to multiple audiences, cultural contexts, power relations, and the situatedness of all writers. When we engage in new networks and communities, we have an array of rhetorical strategies to navigate, participate, and contribute ethically in social action.
To prepare students to be professional writers, students in the Professional Writing major will gain experience and meet learning outcomes in the following areas.
Civic & Public Engagement
Digital & Multimodal Design
Project Management & Collaboration
Overview of Curriculum
The 36-credit hour major offers a focused but flexible curriculum that allows you to tailor your studies to match your professional and academic interests and aspirations. All majors complete a core of five courses and then choose one of five tracks to specialize in:
- Digital and Technical Communication
- Editing in Professional Contexts
- Intercultural Rhetoric and Writing
- Public Writing and Rhetoric
In addition to Professional Writing courses, as a PW major you have the opportunity to take and have count in your major many courses from other programs, including Creative Writing, Interactive Media Studies, Journalism, Linguistics, Literature, Media and Culture, and Strategic Communication. More information can be found in the Miami Unversity bulletin.