The Bachelor of Arts in professional and technical writing (PTW) develops written and rhetorical literacy through coursework that provides practical writing, editing, and document design skills for the 21st century. The 120-hour, online degree program has two concentrations: nonfiction and technical writing. PTW graduates work as technical writers, grant writers, freelance writers, teachers, nonfiction writers, ghost writers, web developers, and editors.
After admission to UALR, any student may be admitted to the program. Undergraduate admission requirements for the university can be found in our “Become a Student” section.
Students are required to complete 120 minimum total hours, including 36 hours of major requirements, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence. This program requires second-language proficiency, but it does not require a minor program of study. See the Undergraduate Catalog or contact the program advisor for more information.
Dr. Heidi Harris | 501.569.8063 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Department of Rhetoric and Writing Graduate Program Coordinator
UALR is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, affiliated with the Electronic Campus of the Southern Regional Education Board, and designated as “doctoral/research intensive” by the Carnegie Foundation.
UALR makes every effort to meet special accommodation and access needs. For information on specific accommodations for individuals with disabilities, you may contact the department sponsoring the class you wish to attend, call eLearning at 501.569.3003, or the Office of Disability Support Services at 501.569.3143. The Disability Support Services website,ualr.edu/disability, provides information about the accommodation process and online forms to apply for services.
University Standard Core Courses (18-21 hours)
Please note: Developmental courses are only available through the main campus and must be completed prior to declaring an online program.
First Year Experience (Choose 3 hours)
College of Business students may take BSAD 1100 for equivalent.
Communication – Written (Choose 3 - 6 hours)
(Select 1 set)
RHET 1311 AND RHET 1312
RHET 1320 Honors Composition
Fine Arts (Choose 3 hours)
Humanities (Choose 3 hours)
Social Sciences (Choose 3 hours)
PSYC 2300 is recommended for College of Business students.
History of Civilization (Choose 3 hours)
College Core Courses (14 hours)
Science (Choose 8 hours)
Mathematics (Choose 3 hours)
Humanities/Social Sciences/Communication-Speech (Choose 3 hours)
Speech Communication majors must select SPCH 1300
Required Courses (21 hours)
Program Foundation Courses (Choose 21 credit hours)
Program Concentration Courses (15 hours)
Students may choose one of two concentrations: nonfiction or technical writing.
Nonfiction Concentration (Choose 15 credit hours)
Students are encouraged to take RHET 3300 as one of their concentration courses. RHET 4345 and 4347 may be repeated for additional credit hours.
Technical Writing Concentration (Choose 15 credit hours)
Students are encouraged to take RHET 3300 as one of their concentration courses. RHET 4345 and 4346 may be repeated for additional credit hours.