English and Journalism

Professional Writing Minor

WIU offers an interdisciplinary minor in Professional Writing that is designed to provide training, experience, theoretical background, and credentialing for careers in editing, technical writing, or professional writing, as well as for positions in business and industry which require writing expertise. Since so many current job opportunities require evidence of writing ability, the minor in Professional Writing will enhance any major offered at WIU.

Students in the Professional Writing Minor can focus on the writing of their choice, depending on their majors, future plans, and personal interest. Within the minor, students can begin to prepare for careers in:

  • Computer web design
  • Desktop publishing
  • Editing
  • Fund raising
  • Law
  • Lobbying
  • Magazine writing
  • Personnel management
  • Reporting
  • Speech writing
  • Technical writing

Minor requirements

  1. Core (6 s.h.)
    1. One course chosen from: ENG 380, ENG 381, or IS 320.
    2. ENG 483
  2. Four elective courses (two must be ENG courses) (12 s.h.) chosen from:
    • ENG 370, 380*, 381*, 383, 387, 480, 481 (when appropriate), 482, 484, or 495; GCOM 217; IS 320*; JOUR 305, 330, 340, or 348.

*No course may count as core and elective in an individual’s degree plan.

Note: No more than one course which fulfulls a requirement for a major may be counted in the minor.

The undergraduate catalog provides more detail, including a full list of courses offered by the department.