Professional Writing, Minor College of Letters & Science


The University Writing Program (UWP) offers writing courses and seeks to improve writing instruction across campus through a variety of programs. The UWP coordinates first year, intermediate, and advanced writing courses that satisfy college composition requirements and offers courses in writing across the curriculum, writing in specific disciplines, and writing in the professions. The Professional Writing Minor serves students from all majors who are planning careers as professional writers or editors, as well as those whose academic and professional careers demand advanced writing skills. The Program offers graduate courses in the teaching of writing and in composition theory, history, and research. The Designated Emphasis in Writing, Rhetoric, & Composition Studies offers Ph.D. students in affiliated programs the opportunity to prepare for leadership roles in writing research, teaching, and program administration. The UWP also administers the English Composition Examination, an alternative way to satisfy the advanced writing requirement. The UWP publishes an annual anthology of exemplary student writing, Prized Writing, and a journal for writing instructors, Writing on the Edge. The Writing in the Disciplines Workshop Program presents workshops on teaching writing for faculty and TAs and workshops on writing for students. The Writing Ambassadors Program trains advanced undergraduates and places them as interns in K-12 classrooms to improve writing instruction.

The professional writing minor consists of 20 units of course work. Of these, 12 must be UWP courses. Students complete 8 units from Group A and/or B, 4 units from Group C, and 4 units from Group A, B, or C, accounting for 16 units. Students complete 4 additional units from Group D.
Choose two courses from Group A and/or B:8
Group A: Writing in Academic Settings
Creative Writing: Non-Fiction
Advanced Composition
Advanced Composition
Advanced Composition
Writing in the Disciplines: Special Topics
Writing in the Disciplines: Biology
Writing in the Disciplines: History
Writing in the Disciplines: International Relations
Writing in the Disciplines: Engineering
Writing in the Disciplines: Food Science & Technology
Writing in the Disciplines: Environmental Writing
Writing in the Disciplines: Human Development & Psychology
Writing in the Disciplines: Ethnic Studies
Writing in the Disciplines: Fine Arts
Writing in the Disciplines: Sociology
Writing in the Disciplines: Film Studies
Writing in the Disciplines: Community & Regional Development
Group B: Writing in the Professions
Writing in the Professions: Business Writing
Writing in the Professions: Business Writing
Writing in the Professions: Business Writing
Writing in the Professions: Law
Writing in the Professions: Journalism
Writing in the Professions: Elementary & Secondary Education
Writing in the Professions: Science
Writing in the Professions: Health
Writing in the Professions: Health
Writing in the Professions: Health
Writing in the Professions: Internships
Writing in the Professions: Writing for Social Justice
Writing in the Professions: Technical Writing
Specialized Genres in Professional Writing
Specialized Topics in Journalism
Specialized Topics in Journalism: Investigative Journalism
Specialized Topics in Journalism: Science Journalism
Introduction to Professional Editing
Choose one course from Group C:4
Group C: Theory, History, & Design
Language & Culture
Origins of Rhetoric
Communication Theories
Communication Theories
Theories of Persuasion
Intercultural Communication
Strategic Communication in Public Relations
Organizational Communication
Organizational Communication
Persuasive Technologies
History of Visual Communication
Information Design: Principles & Practice
History of the English Language
English Grammar
Writing Science
Introduction to Historical Thought & Writing
Linguistic Analysis II: Morphology, Syntax, Semantics
English Grammar
Philosophy of Language: Theory of Reference
Philosophy of Language: Truth & Meaning
Philosophy of Language: Semantics & Pragmatics
Visualization in Science: A Critical Introduction
History of Communication Technologies
Writing Science
Genre Theory & Professional Writing
English Grammar
Writing Center Research, Theory, & Practice for Peer Writing Tutors
Rhetorical Approaches to Scientific & Technological Issues
History of Scientific Writing
Choose one additional course from Groups A, B, or C:4
Complete UWP 192: Internship in Writing from Group D:4
GROUP D: Internship in Writing (no more than 4 units will count toward the minor)
Internship in Writing
Total Units20