Writing Major Tracks & 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) Professional Writing and 2) General Writing. In addition, students can pursue a General Writing minor or a Professional Writing minor.

Track 1: Professional Writing, Major & Minor

Professional Writing, or Track 1 of the Writing major and minor, gives students practical and theoretical experience as writers working to get things done. Whether planning and designing digital or print-based projects or contributing to and curating knowledge for diverse social media platforms, professional writers design information for use and accessibility. Professional writers produce websites and blogs, training manuals and infographics, reports, proposals, and white papers, among numerous other workplace genres, projects, and products. Students following this path often pursue futures in industry, government, or non-profit sectors. Recent graduates of this track have worked as writers and curators of niche content for companies across Central Arkansas and Greater Little Rock.

Track 2: General Writing, Major & Minor

General Writing, or Track 2 of the Writing major and minor, offers breadth of experience in rhetoric, composition, creative writing, professional writing, and linguistics. While pursuing an interdisciplinary understanding of these many areas, these students often pursue opportunities in academia or the non-profit sector. General writers value the diverse purposes and practices of textual production at any number of intersections. Students following this path often pursue work as freelance writers or advance to graduate study. Recent graduates of this track have worked in the arts, volunteered for the Peace Corps, taught English as a second language, and contributed to the Arts. Others have pursued graduate degrees in various areas.

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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.