Minor in Professional Communication

A Professional Communication minor is recommended to students in both technical and non-technical fields.

This course of study is coordinated by the Directors of Undergraduate Studies in the Departments of English and Communication.

Note: This minor alone does not meet secondary certification requirements in the areas of English or Communication studies.

Why Should I Choose a Minor in Professional Communication?

The minor in Professional Communication offers students (other than majors in English and Communication studies) the opportunity to develop skills that are valued in the workplace. Courses focus on the theory and practice of composition; the design of both electronic and paper-based professional documents; and the theory and practice of mediated and face-to-face interaction.

What Is Professional Communication?

Professional communication is often referred to as technical communication. The field is specialized and technical in nature. Products are produced collaboratively and for multiple formats and genres. Because it is rhetorical, technical communication is guided by a sense of audience and purpose.

How Do I Complete a Minor in Professional Communication?

Typically, undergraduates develop a foundation in this area of study with courses such as: Media Writing (COMS 355), Designing for the Internet (COMS 446), Basic News Writing (JOUR 200A), Technical Writing (ENGL 308), and Technical Editing (ENGL 403). Check the Undergraduate Catalog for details.