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Professional Writing Major/Minor

WKU English: Professional Writing

Dr. Jeffrey Rice, Professional Writing AdvisorWelcome to the Professional Writing Program at WKU! Our program emphasizes the kinds of thinking, reading, and writing skills necessary for today's workplaces. Students in our program learn how to write persuasively, edit and publish professional texts, research projects and consult with clients, and use online writing technologies (social media, blogging, etc.) for professional purposes. In conjunction with the English department, we also offer study abroad opportunities in locations like the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Japan, and Greece. Finally, we strongly encourage Professional Writing students to enroll in our robust internship program and get "on-the-job" writing/editorial experience in publishing houses and presses, local non-profits, and campus organizations. Many of our students have used their successful internship opportunities to secure permanent positions as technical writers in local security firms and environmental consulting organizations, or to pursue advanced degrees in English, Biology, Social Work, and Law, to name a few.

To find out more about our program and to see if it's a good fit for your interests and plans, please contact:

Dr. Jeffrey (J. A.) Rice
Assistant Professor
Undergraduate Professional Writing Advisor
jeffrey.rice@wku.edu


Major in English: Professional Writing

The English major with a professional writing concentration (reference number 662) requires a minimum of 39 hours and leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree. A minor or second major is required.

View the English: Professional Writing Advising Worksheet to see a list of required courses and electives.

View the English: Professional Writing 4 Year Plan for a sample of how to graduate in 4 years with an English degree in professional writing.

View English course descriptions from the Undergraduate Catalog here.


Check out our Current Students page for extracurricular activities, scholarships, special events, and more!

Check out our Career Opportunities page to see careers you can pursue with an English degree!

We strongly recommend professional writing students complete an internship. Check out our Internships page for internship opportunities!


Minor in Professional Writing

The English minor in professional writing (reference number 437) requires a minimum of 21 semester hours. No more than 6 hours taken from the English major (either the literature or the creative writing concentration) may apply toward the professional writing minor.

View the Professional Writing Minor Advising Worksheet to see a list of required courses and electives.

View English course descriptions from the Undergraduate Catalog for a sample of how to graduate in 4 years with an English degree in professional writing.

Professional Writing Slideshow

View some of the things professional writing students do in our slideshow below.

Professional Writing Faculty:

(Click to learn more about each faculty member)

Dr. Jane Fife

Dr. Angela Jones

Dr. Jeffrey (J. A.) Rice

Dr. Lee Spears

Dr. Judith Szerdahelyi

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