Professional Writing, Minor

Program Code: PWRIT_UMNR

Program Description

The minor in Professional Writing is intended to prepare students from all degree programs within the Berks College (with the exception of the major in Professional Writing) to write effectively in a variety of workplace and academic settings. Theory courses provide the necessary background to help students understand and appreciate the larger issues surrounding the writing and reading of texts. At the same time, practice-oriented courses draw upon the strategies and techniques of practicing writers outside and inside of the University, including workshops, peer conferencing, collaborative writing, portfolio preparation, and internships.

Students may not count courses used to satisfy General Education Writing/Speaking Skills.

What is Professional Writing?

If you enjoy expressing thoughts and ideas through the written word, the minor in Professional Writing may be right for you. Professional Writing involves the use of precise language to convey information in a way that is easily understood by its intended audience, and it may be used to inform, persuade, instruct, or encourage action.

Program Requirements

Requirement Credits
Requirements for the Minor 18

Requirements for the Minor

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor, as specified by Senate Policy 59-10. In addition, at least six credits of the minor must be unique from the prescribed courses required by a student's major(s).

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
ENGL 211WIntroduction to Writing Studies3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 15 credits of the following:15
Speech Writing Keystone/General Education Course
News Writing and Reporting
Introduction to Advertising
Public Relations
Newswriting Practicum
Introduction to Fiction Writing Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Poetry Writing
Introduction to Article Writing
Peer Tutoring in Writing
Advanced Nonfiction Writing
Science Writing
The Editorial Process
Advanced Technical Writing and Editing
Advanced Business Writing
Writing for the Web
Advanced Expository Writing
Rhetorical Traditions
Current Theories of Writing and Reading
Rhetorical Approaches to Discourse
Issues in Rhetoric and Composition
Communication Design for Writers
The Capstone Course in Professional Writing
Internship
Special Topics

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee's unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

Berks

Christian Weisser
Program Coordinator, Professor
Department of Professional Writing
Franco Building
Reading, PA 19610
610-396-6414
crw17@psu.edu

Altoona

Erin C. Murphy
Professor of English
Hawthorn Building 212
3000 Ivyside Park
Altoona, PA 16601
814-949-5625
ecm14@psu.edu

Contact

Berks

DIVISION OF HUMANITIES, ARTS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
P.O. Box 7009
Reading, PA 19610
610-396-6416
crw17@psu.edu

Altoona

DIVISION OF ARTS AND HUMANITIES
Hawthorn Building 212
3000 Ivyside Park
Altoona, PA 16601
814-949-5625
ecm14@psu.edu

http://altoona.psu.edu/academics/bachelors-degrees/english/request-information