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Undergraduate: Professional Writing
Professional Writing (PWR)
Advanced knowledge of professional writing helps learners in all disciplines become better prepared to write successfully in professional environments. This minor complements any major, as professional writing skills are necessary in many upper-level courses and highly valued in most professions. Students are encouraged to complete an experientially-based project under a Program in Writing and Rhetoric faculty member’s mentorship.
Degrees and Requirements
Requirements for the minor in Professional Writing (PWR)
Completion of the minor requires 21 credits. At least 15 of the 21 credits must be taken at Stony Brook University. Transfer credits are awarded by permission of the Program in Writing and Rhetoric’s Undergraduate Program Director. Courses taken for the minor must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher.
Required courses for all minors:
WRT 102 Intermediate Writing Workshop
- WRT 200 Grammar and Style for Writers
- WRT 201 Principles of Professional Writing
- WRT 304 Writing for Your Profession
Elective courses for the minor (choose any three:
WRT 301 Writing in the Disciplines: Special Topics, when offered with topic "Technical Communications"
- WRT 302 Critical Writing Seminar when offered with a relevant topic, such as "Writing for the Social Sciences," "Writing for the New Media," "Communicating Across Cultures and Contexts," "Rhetoric and Culture," "Visual Rhetoric", "Global Literacies," "Feminist Rhetorics," "Fiction Writing," "Creative Nonfiction," "Playwriting," and "Practice of Editing and Publishing"
- WRT 303 The Personal Essay
- WRT 305 Writing for the Health Professions
- WRT 375 Technical Communication
- WRT 380 Advanced Research Writing: Theories, Methods, Practices
- WRT 381 Advanced Analytic and Argumentative Writing
- WRT 382 Grant Writing
Recommended experiential learning project
Students are also encouraged to complete a three-credit experiential learning project, either as a zero-credit WRT 444 attached to an upper-division course or to an Independent Study with a full-time faculty member, or as an Internship that would focus on their writing in the area of their major.