Department of English

Minor in Public and Professional Writing

The minor in public and professional writing prepares students to become competent and confident writers in a wide range of fields, such as business, sports management, health sciences, engineering, technology, legal practice and jurisprudence, print and broadcast journalism, academic and trade publishing, and technical and grant writing. Through this program's interdisciplinary curriculum, internships, and guest lecture series, students develop the speaking, writing, and social media skills to communicate effectively and responsibly in diverse public and professional environments. The two foundation courses give students valuable training in grammar, syntax, and style and introduce some of the range of forms and contexts for professional writing, while advanced electives offer more specialized training in specific fields. By providing valuable practice for speaking and writing in business and non-profit sectors, this program significantly expands their career and vocational opportunities.

The minimum number of credits (exclusive of the University's Core curriculum) required for the Public and Professional minor: 15 credit hours. 

No more than six credits from the minor or certificate in Public and Professional Writing can be used to fulfill the requirements for the English major.

  • ENG 204 Professional Writing (3 credits)
  • ENG 205 Sentence Style (3 credits)
  • Three 200-400-level professional writing electives (9 credits) See English Department Course Guide for offerings. usm.maine.edu/eng