Minor in Professional and Technical Writing

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You're led with bright ideas about how to change the world. Make sure that employers and colleagues hear them, understand them, and act on them.

Minor in Professional and Technical Writing.

The Minor in Professional and Technical Writing, launched Fall 2015, is designed for students interested in professional and technical writing careers, as well as students from a variety of disciplines who are interested in adding a credential that may help them distinguish themselves on the job market and in their careers.

The most important skills that employers want universities to emphasize are (a) critical thinking and analytical reasoning, (b) the ability to analyze and solve complex problems, and (c) the ability to communicate effectively in writing (Hart Research, 2015). These are exactly the skills you'll develop and practice with a Minor in PTW.

In (non-WRD) college courses that require writing, the focus is typically trained on only one or two forms: the finished essay or report. But professionals in every field make knowledge every day through many other forms of writing, too. Such genres are often informal, temporary, coordinative, and transformative. This is how professional and organizational knowledge is produced. According to a 2015 Hart Research study, the ability to communicate effectively in writing and the ability to communicate effectively orally are among the top four skills employers tell colleges to emphasize. We see in articles and blog posts, over and over, the need for students from across the disciplines to write well. And we know that demand for technical writers remains strong. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, career prospects (2012–2022) for technical writers are nearly double that of other media jobs, with projections strongly outpacing the rate of aggregate occupations in the U.S. economy.

The organizations that hire UK students will assume that they’re good at things their major covered. What they really want are candidates who are good at writing and communicating in the ways that professionals write and communicate. This is what the PTW Minor is designed to address.

This minor is for students from across campus. We expect enrollments from students in STE fields, in the social sciences, in international studies, and in traditional humanities disciplines. The curriculum is 18 hours (6 courses) and includes four required courses:

  • WRD 204, Technical Writing
  • WRD 300, Introduction to Writing, Rhetoric, & Digital Studies
  • WRD 306, Introduction to Professions in Writing
  • WRD 406, Topics in Professional Writing

Students then choose two additional courses from a list of WRD offerings in editing, media production, and argument.

3 Easy Steps.

  1. Declare the Minor by visiting the A&S Advisors in POT 202
  2. Take WRD 204, WRD 300, WRD 306, & WRD 406
  3. Choose 2 more courses from WRD 203, WRD 208, WRD 301, WRD 322, WRD 405, or WRD 408

Have you already taken WRD 203 or WRD 204? They count. Questions? Ask! — brian.mcnely@uky.edu | @UKWRD | wrd.as.uky.edu

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