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Professional Writing and Editing

Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing and Editing

The Department of English offers two degrees under the Writing Studies program: a BA in Professional Writing and Editing and a BS in Scientific and Technical Writing.

Students who pursue a BA in Professional Writing and Editing (PWE) do more than simply translate complex, technical information into easy-to-read prose: they 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 and editors possess the critical, rhetorical and technical knowledge necessary to produce successful and effective communications. Students who double major in PWE and another discipline are doubly-prepared to succeed given their writing skills and subject matter expertise!

Students who choose Professional Writing and Editing (PWE) are often interested in careers as writers and editors, as well as related careers in business, government, non-profits, and other professions that emphasize strong analytical and interpretive skills as well as creative problem-solving skills. It also prepares students for advanced academic work in a range of fields, including the humanities and legal studies. Students can choose to emphasize in a particular area, including Editing and Publishing, Creative Writing and Narrative Strategies, and Theories of Literacy and Language.

Capstone Internship

PWE students participate in a capstone 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. Learn more about Capstone Internship opportunities

Accelerated BS + MS

Interested in graduate study? The BA in Professional Writing and Editing offers students an opportunity to complete both their bachelor’s degree and their master’s degree in five years rather than six. Learn more about our MA in Professional Writing and Editing.

BA in PWE Catalog Description


Bachelor of Arts in English with an emphasis in Professional Writing and Editing

With an emphasis on Professional Writing and Editing you will learn to translate complex information into clear prose for diverse audiences and analyze how information flows through organizational structures. Apply these skills in a capstone internship with a local business, non-profit, or government agency to see your writing come alive.

BA in English Catalog Description

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