Major Overview

Major Overview

The professional writing and information design major prepares students for positions as writers, editors, page layout designers, and web designers in a variety of industries. The major involves 56 semester hours in specific technical communication courses.

The professional writing program was founded by Professor Sandi Harner in 1985 as a minor called “professional writing” in the Language and Literature department. In 1992, professional writing became a major, and in 1999, the name was changed to technical and professional communication. In 2011, the major moved to the Media & Applied Communications department, joining majors such as journalism, broadcasting & digital media, and applied communication concentrations. Finally, in 2014, the name was changed to professional writing and information design, where it currently stands today.

Use the links on the left to navigate through the many features and courses of the professional writing program. Along with official descriptions of each course, you will also read what current students have to say about the program and how the major has helped shape their academic and professional lives.

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