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Professional Writing & Editing

English majors registered for the creative writing or professional writing and editing concentration may count up to 60 hours of English courses toward the 128 hours required for the BA degree.

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Professionally oriented students can take courses in writing for business, industry, and science. Professional writing and editing courses enable students to work with specialized and complex information; to sharpen writing skills necessary for working in areas of business, industry, public relations, journalism, science, medicine, and government; and to develop skills of graphic and textual production for reports, manuals, grants, research proposals, and other business and technical documents. Students majoring in English with a focus on professional writing are encouraged to supplement the major by taking courses in communications, journalism, business, science, computer science, graphic design, or engineering.

Students must earn a GPA of at least 3.0 across all PWE courses.


The concentration in PWE requires 15 credit hours taken in the following sequence:

If you are interested in the Professional Writing and Editing Concentration, see an English adviser in Colson Hall.

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December 6: English 418 Capstone Reading, 5:30 p.m.,130 Colson Hall

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