Professional writers do more than simply translate complex, technical information into easy-to-read prose. Professional writers assess the information needs of audiences from different languages and cultural backgrounds, and analyze how written texts circulate through the organizations in which they work. Professional writers possess the critical, rhetorical and technical knowledge necessary to produce successful and effective communications.
Students concentrating in Professional Writing and Editing (PWE) participate
in an internship to gain real-world, professional experience. This PWE capstone
course provides a venue for students to apply the skills and knowledge that they
have acquired during their training as PWE majors. Students intern with local and
regional businesses, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and centers
and organizations within WVU.
Both the concentration and minor in Professional Writing and Editing require 15 credit hours of course work. The biggest difference between the two is that the minor does not require an internship. You can also see a side-by-side comparison comparison of the PWE minor and concentration.