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What kind of job can I get with this major?
Jobs in Professional and Technical Writing (PTW) are varied. Courses for our major and minor are divided into three different emphases:
- Persuasive writing (is this correct?)
- Creative non-fiction
- Technical writing
These three emphases combine to prepare you for many different types of writing-related jobs.
According to the U.S. Dept. of Labor (Bureau of Labor Statistics), “Writers and editors generally fall into one of three categories.
Writers and authors develop original fiction and nonfiction for books, magazines, trade journals, online publications, company newsletters, radio and television broadcasts, motion pictures, and advertisements. (Reporters and correspondents who collect and analyze facts about newsworthy events are described elsewhere in the Handbook.)
Editors examine proposals and select material for publication or broadcast. They review and revise a writer’s work for publication or dissemination.
Technical writers develop technical materials, such as equipment manuals, appendices, or operating and maintenance instructions. They also may assist in layout work.”
A degree in PTW also prepares you well for graduate education or law school. You might choose to pursue a career teaching in higher education, or you might go on to work in the legal field.
What is the senior exit portfolio and when is it due?
All PTW majors are required both to prepare a senior portfolio and to participate in an exit interview before graduation.
Who is the adviser for this program, and how do I make appointments?
Please go to our Advising page for this information.
How can I stay up to date on the latest department announcements?
The Department of Rhetoric and Writing has created an email list for its majors and minors. By joining the list, you can receive announcements from the department throughout the semester — including information about degree requirements, new courses, publication opportunities, writing competitions, internships, and jobs.
To join the list, send your name and preferred email address to Dr. George Jensen (firstname.lastname@example.org).