The Minor in Professional Writing

The Professional Writing Minor provides students with hands-on experience with actual projects in the 400 level courses as well as grounding their work in sound rhetorical strategies. While the minor is the newest of the minors in the department, it was developed to support the major tracks as well as work with other majors and colleges. The minor is strongly interdisciplinary and helps students develop highly valued writing skills in the professional work place. The minor, while relatively new on campus, has grown to over 100 students. Five of the first six students in the minor are in graduate programs.

The Minor

The minor's flexible curriculum provides a variety of opportunities to complete the program with little scheduling difficulty. The minor is also focused through course selection to provide specific support for other majors across the university's colleges and programs.

Program Requirements: The minor consists of 18 Credits (six courses) and students must select class from each of the three categories (in addition 9 of the 18 credit minor must be in classes from Bloomsburg University):

  • Group One (6 credits): Includes some survey and disciplinary writing courses;
  • Group Two (3 credits): Includes courses in Linguistics; and
  • Group Three (6 credits): Includes upper level experiential-learning courses
  • One additional 3 credit course must be completed from Group(s) 1 or 3

The Group One courses include Technical Writing (an interdisciplinary course) that is a pre-requisite for a number of the upper level courses. Other classes include courses from the English, Communications, Art, History, Anthropology, and Biology majors.

The Group Two courses are English Department courses, which are offered most semesters and focus on the structure and usage of language, which a focus on both the history and present use of language.

The Group Three courses are all English Department courses, which a strong focus on theory and application. Courses, which include Writing in the Professions, Writing for the Internet, and Writing for Multiple Media as well as Theory and Practice of Writing work as cap stone courses which require significant group work as well as portfolio ready projects. The importance of rhetorical awareness and project management are central to these course experiences.

Contact Information:

The minor is housed in the English Department and is directed by Dr. Michael Martin. His office is in 119B Bakeless. His email is and his office phone is 570-389-4905.

Program Requirements are available in the English Departmental Office on the first floor of Bakeless Center for the Humanities.

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