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Professional Writing

Welcome to the Professional Writing Program!

The Professional Writing (PW) Program at Baylor University prepares students to become effective communicators in diverse environments, for diverse disciplines, in a variety of workplaces or careers, and in a range of media. The program emphasizes a rhetorical approach to writing, where the audience, purpose, and context of writing are studied.

As a PW major, students work closely with faculty to determine their areas of interest and the PW degree plan is flexible enough so that it can be tailored to an individual's interest or to prepare an individual for a particular career. Our program aims to help students become lifelong learners who will use writing throughout their lives in public, personal, and civic arenas.

Professional Writing graduates work in a variety of jobs, including government, publishing, industry, education, or the non-profit sector. They may work as writers, editors, and researchers on a range of texts--both print and multimedia: reports, proposals, press releases, brochures, manuals, films, newsletters, novels, social media marketing, and web documents. They may also become screenwriters, nonfiction writers, creative writers, or technical writers. Many graduates of Baylor's Professional Writing Program go on to graduate school or professional schools such as law or medicine.

The PW program includes courses in composition, technical and professional writing, digital writing, literature, and grammar. Professional Writing majors also complete an internship for course credit during their junior or senior year, an experience that our graduates view as vital to getting (and keeping) a job. By the end of their senior year, PW majors will have compiled both print and digital portfolios that highlights their talents, skills, and interests and that they will use to go on the job market.

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If you have questions about the Professional Writing major,
contact Dr. Kara Poe Alexander
at 316 Carroll Science or at kara_alexander@baylor.edu.