Minor Requirements

 

How do I pursue the Minor in Professional Writing?

Unlike students pursuing other Minors at UCSB, students interested in the Minor in Professional Writing must submit an application in the fall quarter of their senior year. Due to limited space within the capstone courses, not all students who submit an application will be accepted into the minor. It is strongly suggested that interested students make an appointment with the Writing Program Undergraduate Advisor to discuss scheduling and academic eligibility.

The following includes some requirements for students interested in participating in the Professional Writing Minor:

  • Explore this web site and consider each track and the recommended course work
  • Take the prerequisite courses:
    • Writing 2 (or equivalent)
    • Three courses from Writing 105A-Z, Writing 107A-Z, and/or Writing 109AA-ZZ
  • Compile and submit your application portfolio in the fall quarter of your senior year (note the due date at the top of this page). See the Application page for more information on the portfolio.
  • After submitting your application portfolio to the Writing Program office, send an e-mail to the director of your first-choice track:

For one of the required prerequisite courses, you can petition to substitute a course that you have taken at another university. Please be advised that these petitions are accepted very rarely. The petition should include a portfolio of the work you did in the course, along with a statement explaining why you think the course is relevant to the work of the Professional Writing Minor. Feel free to contact the Writing Program Undergraduate Advisor if you have questions about this process.

Recommended Courses

As mentioned above, one requirement for students interested in the Professional Writing Minor is three upper-division writing courses from Writing 105A-Z, Writing 107A-Z, and/or Writing 109AA-ZZ. Below are some recommended courses for each specific track. Please note that these are only the recommended courses, not the required courses for each track.

Professional Editing Track

  • Writing 105G (Grammar and Stylistics) - strongly recommended
  • Writing 105PS (Writing for Public Speaking)
  • Writing 105R (Rhetoric and Writing)
  • Writing 107M (Magazine Writing)
  • Writing 107J (Journalism and News Writing)
  • Writing 107L (Legal Writing)

Writing for Civic Engagement Track

  • Writing 105G (Grammar and Stylistics)
  • Writing 105PD (Writing for Public Discourse)
  • Writing 105PS (Writing for Public Speaking)
  • Writing 105S (Writing About Sustainability)
  • Writing 105WE (Writing and Ethics)
  • Writing 105SW: Science Writing for the Public
  • Writing 107G (Writing for Global Careers)
  • Writing 107L (Legal Writing)
  • Writing 109ED (Writing for the Teaching Professions)
  • Writing 109ES (Writing for Environmental Studies)
  • Writing 109HP (Writing for Health Professionals)

Multimedia Communication Track

  • Writing 105M (Multimedia Writing)
  • Writing 105G (Grammar and Stylistics)
  • Writing 105PS (Writing for Public Speaking)
  • Writing 105SW: Science Writing for the Public
  • Writing 107B (Business and Administrative Writing)
  • Writing 107M (Magazine Writing)
  • Writing 107P (Writing for Public Relations)
  • Writing 107G (Professional Writing for Global Careers)
  • Writing 107J (Journalism and News Writing)

Business Communication Track

  • Writing 109ES (Writing for Environmental Studies)
  • Writing 107B (Business and Administrative Writing)
  • Writing 107J (Journalism and News Writing)
  • Writing 107M (Magazine Writing)
  • Writing 107G (Writing for Global Careers)
  • Writing 107P (Writing for Public Relations)
  • Writing 107T (Technical Writing)
  • Writing 105M (Multimedia Writing)

For more information regarding each track specifically, please visit the main Professional Writing Minor page.