Professional and Technical Writing

Expand your technical and professional skills with a focus on print and digital writing and editing skills for professional and technical documents.

Why study professional and technical writing?

Professional and technical writing is all about composing clear, concise documents that solve real-world problems. Across all professions—including computer science, the military, healthcare, business, education, the sciences, and more—employers want to hire and promote people they can trust to communicate carefully and tactfully with clients and stakeholders. Both the minor and the certificate provide a way students can signal to employers their ability to deliver these in-demand skills.

Interested in an entire major? The English and Professional Writing major might be for you!

Program Highlights

  • Both the minor and certificate can be completed fully online
  • The certificate can be completed in as few as two 8-week terms:
    • EN 204 is offered every Fall I
    • EN 207 is offered every Spring I
    • EN 306A and 306B are offered every term online and most semesters in Parkville
  • Information and Computer Science majors completing the Information Technology concentration can earn this certificate by taking only one additional class

Locations & Learning Options

  • Online
  • Parkville

Stacey Kikendall

Dr. Stacey Kikendall

Chair, Department of English & Interdisciplinary Studies
Associate Professor of English

Amy Mckelenburg-Faenger

Dr. Amy Mecklenburg-Faenger

Director of ParkWrites
Professor of English

Stephen Grover

Dr. Stephen David Grover

Program Coordinator - First Year Writing and Professional Writing
Assistant Professor of English

Brandi Handley

Brandi Handley

Assistant Director of ParkWrites
Assistant Teaching Professor of English

Students in professional and technical writing learn to compose reports, proposals, instructions, press releases, job applications, technical definitions, blog posts, and more, working across print and digital media and with a variety of software. They also develop their editing skills and mastery of English usage and grammar. The minor is a great choice for students pursuing the Interdisciplinary Studies degree.

Careers with a Professional & Technical Writing Degree

  • Technical writer
  • Content developer
  • Technical editor
  • Policy writer
  • Manual writer
  • Documentation specialist
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