Professional Communications Minor (12 credits)

The Interdisciplinary Minor in Professional Communications provides students with the opportunity to develop high-level skills in multimedia communications. These professional communications skills are increasingly and urgently required by businesses, public sector and non-governmental organizations, and in the fields of healthcare and science. A range of relevant courses enables students to hone their skills in professional writing, using both traditional formats and new media platforms, and to prepare and deliver in-person and Web-based presentations. The 12-credit Minor is designed for students majoring in various departments within the Schools of Arts and Humanities, Social and Natural Sciences, and Nursing and Health Sciences. These majors include but are not limited to English, Journalism, Film and TV Studies, Media Communications Studies, Computer Graphics and Imaging, Business Administration, Health Services Education and Promotion, Health Services Administration, and Nursing. Students from any department seeking to burnish their professional writing and presentation skills for the twenty-first-century marketplace will find the Minor in Professional Communications an invaluable complement to their chosen major.

Degree Requirements

Undergraduate students may declare the Minor in Professional Communications upon successful completion of ENG 111/113 and ENG 121/123. Students satisfy the requirements for the 12-credit Professional Communications Minor by taking four courses, three or four of which are at the 300-level.

Writing Skills Core - choose one course (3 credits):

ENW 201Writing Essentials


ENW 217Editing Essentials


ENW 315Editing for Style and Flow


Professional Writing Elective - choose one course (3 credits) from the following list:

ENW 300 (Business Writing), ENW 304 (Writing for Prestigious Awards and Graduate Schools), ENW 305 (Principles of Professional Writing), ENW 306 (Collaboration and the Writing Process), ENW 307 (Health and Science Writing), ENW 313 (Literary Craft for Professional Writers), ENW 314 (Evidence-Based Writing), ENW 315 (Editing for Style and Flow)*, ENW 316 (Storytelling for Professional Writers)*, ENW 318 (Writing for New Media), ENW 319 (The Publishing Landscape), ENW 322 (Design for Writers), ENW 323 (Biography Writing), ENW 324 (The Contemporary Essay), ENW 325 (Arts Criticism: Writing About Popular Culture), ENW 326 (Memoir Writing), ENW 332 (Feature Writing), ENW 333 (Marketing and PR Writing), ENW 334 (Grant and Proposal Writing), ENW 335 (Technical Writing), ENW 345 (Writing and Social Issues), ENW 365 (Special Topics in Professional Writing), ENW 462 (Seminar in Professional Writing)

*ENW 315 may only be taken once as part of the Professional Communications Minor.

Multimedia Communication Courses - choose two courses (6 credits):

ENW 318Writing for New Media


ENW 320Professional Presentations


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Professional Communications Minor Prior to Spring 2021

Professional Communications Minor Prior to Fall 2020