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Professional Writing Minor

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The professional writing minor is perfect for students who want to increase their marketability by improving their written communication skills. You'll begin with introductory courses in professional and technical writing before diving deeper your desired area of speciality—whether that's journalism, medical writing, grant writing, advertising, or more.

Why should I study professional writing?

With a minor in professional writing, you'll be prepared to communicate effectively in your primary field. Through courses like Prose Studio, Introduction to Logic, and Professional and Technical Communication, you'll learn how to write and edit copy that resonates with specific audiences—whether you're working on a scientific grant, advertising campaign, or business proposal.

What can I do with this degree?

A professional writing minor will set you apart from other job candidates and signal to employers that you know how to communicate well. This minor pairs well with majors in:

  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Computer science
  • Pre-law
  • Organizational communication
  • Communication studies
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

What skills will I develop?

  • Understand the various forms, modes, and styles of writing used in the contemporary workplace
  • Analyze how writing affects user experience
  • Explore your role and responsibilties as a truth-seeker
  • Develop expertise in blog, personal essay, technical, and op-ed writing

You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in the R.E.A.L. Experience—a program specifically designed to help you gain the relevant, hands-on experience employers desire—so that when you graduate, you’ll be as impressive in practice as you are on paper.

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?

Take your writing out of the classroom

  • Enroll in Travel Writing, which is taught on location in various countries
  • Create Textura, a photojournalistic magazine, on a J-Term study abroad trip

Share your writing both on and off campus

  • Write for, edit, and publish in peer-reviewed or on-campus publications such as the Coeval, the student literary magazine, and The Clarion, Bethel’s student newspaper
  • Pursue opportunities to be published on literary websites and journals
  • Meet with visiting writers to get comments on your work in progress

See your learning in action

  • Implement and showcase your skills with a long-format professional writing project, scholarly writing project, or internship


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