Writing Majors and Minors

Welcome to the Writing major at the University of Central Arkansas.  We look forward to working with you over the course of an exciting four years. Within the Writing major, students can choose between two tracks, 1) General Writing and 2) Professional Writing. In addition, students can pursue a General Writing minor or a Professional Writing minor.

General Writing Track and Minor:

The strength of the General Writing program is its breadth. Students in this track will take 36 hours of writing classes in rhetoric, composition, creative writing, linguistics, and professional writing. As a result, students will leave the program with a solid interdisciplinary understanding of the field of writing, including its creative, scientific, and professional aspects. Our recent graduates include a campaign communications advisor, the founder of an arts academy, a legislative assistant, a research analyst, a flight attendant, a number of Peace Corps volunteers, teachers of English as a second language, a music columnist, and many have gone to graduate school in law, linguistics, creative writing, rhetoric, TESOL, English, journalism and education.

Professional Writing Track and Minor:

The Professional Writing program is designed to give students theoretical and practical experience in developing writing that works, that is to say, writing people use (to make decisions, to get work done, to get information, etc.) such as social media, Web sites, green papers, training materials, reports, and proposals for a 21st century audience.

Professional writers specialize in designing information so that it is usable quickly and easily.

Professional writers would turn this

crazy signs

Source: 123RF Stock Photo. Copyright 2013. Reprinted with permission.

 

into this

 

 touchpad GPS

 Source: 123RF Stock Photo. Copyright 2013 by Phanlop88. Reprinted with permission.

Today's economy runs on information, and it is abundant. The downside is that much of it is highly complex, and most of us contend with information overload. Professional writers specialize in turning data into usable information. We translate complex data so people can use it, and we design information so that it can be used quickly and easily. As you can imagine, these skills are essential to every organization.

The language organizations use to identify jobs in this area include the following, for example:  editing and publishing, professional and technical writing, grant writing, developing training materials, coordinating social media, coordinating digital content, designing and writing content for Web sites, Web-based training, multimedia writer, communications specialist, communications manager, writing policies and procedures, writing online help and other kinds of documentation for products and applications, information designer, and magazine writing. Students will also be prepared for graduate study in professional writing, rhetoric, composition studies, law, journalism, business and education.

This part of our program provides substantive and numerous opportunities to work with community partners in designing and creating written products for print and digital delivery using the latest tools. As a result, students leave this track with a solid record of experience as writers and designers evidenced by important connections in the community and a portfolio of work. We also encourage students to participate in as many internships as they have time for to try on life in various organization types and  professional writing roles. One of these internships can be designed for course credit.

 

Works Cited:

Phanlop88. Male-Hand-Holding-a-Touchpad-GPS. 123 RTF Stock Photo. Web. 15 Aug. 2013.

Street-Intersection-Congested-with-Street-Signs. 123 RTF Stock Photo. Web. 15 Aug. 2013.