Program Overview

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.

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Program Details

Admission Requirements

After admission to UA Little Rock, any student may be admitted to the program. Undergraduate admission requirements for the university can be found in our "Become a Student" section.

Graduation Requirements

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.

Program Advisor

Dr. Heidi Harris | 501-569-8063 | Department of Rhetoric and Writing Graduate Program Coordinator


UA Little Rock 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.


UA Little Rock 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,, provides information about the accommodation process and online forms to apply for services.
Cost per credit hour: $292