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    Professional Writing Minor

    April 21, 2017

    professional-writing-minor.jpgBy: Michaela Jones

    From writing the everyday email, report, social media update, or even text message, to crafting the big project proposal in your future profession, communicating—and doing so well—sets you apart from the crowd. No matter your current academic major or professional aspirations, clear, concise writing is vital to demonstrating your professionalism, personality, and point of view in any setting.

    The versatile coursework within the Professional Writing Minor—housed in the English Department—pairs well with many academic majors the University of Wyoming offers and prepares students for their professional lives. For instance, in engineering, you may write memos, feasibility reports, and communicate scientific and technical information across various platforms. Health sciences and business professionals may write media content, project proposals, or perhaps promotional materials. In art, you may craft resumes, grant proposals, magazine articles, or even portfolio websites.

    Through a diverse curriculum—writing in digital spaces, crafting multimodal projects, developing grant proposals, document design, editing for publications—students are prepared to be life-long learners, who are able to strategically engage with an array of documents in diverse settings. Current students and alums recognize the benefit and importance of delving deeper into these various forms of communication in order to stand out in their future professional endeavors.

    University of Wyoming journalism alum Caitlin White notes, “Completing the Professional Writing Minor was the best decision I made during my undergraduate education. The Professional Writing Minor was as beneficial as my major in preparing me to succeed in the workplace and in graduate school.”

    Whether you’re looking to gain experience facilitating real-world projects to help small, local non-profits achieve their goals, or develop writing, speaking, and design skills tailored to your future career, or even to simply fine-tune your communication skills, the Professional Writing Minor can assist you in developing the tools to help you excel. Through gaining real-world experience and working on client-based projects, students in the minor are encouraged and prepared to think critically and capably.

    Current student Kelsey Lowrey says, “The Professional Writing Minor, as a whole, has significantly helped me learn to approach writing in a more professional, rather than academic, manner. The coursework touches base on a wide range of subjects that are new to me, but in a way that I am able to feel comfortable and excited about exploring new fields! In general, the minor is highly beneficial to all areas of study and can only increase quality and understanding of professional documents of all kinds.”

    As you advance through engaging courses within the minor, you can apply your love of writing, and distinguish yourself from your peers in both your academic and professional careers. Join a community of thinkers, writers, and problem solvers, and develop marketable skills that are valued in any setting.

    Click here to learn more about declaring the Professional Writing Minor today!

    Learn more about the Professional Writing Minor


    For further information, please contact Michael Knievel, Professional Writing Minor Coordinator, at