Minor Application

Professional Writing Minor Application for 2021-2022


Application due date for 2021-2022

Friday, October 15th by 4pm 

Download the Application Form

Fill in the Word document to include in your portfolio. If you'd like to reformat it, you can retype the form; please be sure to include all of the information requested on the form. Send the form along with your résumé and writing samples with introductions as a single PDF to this google form.

Previous Application Samples: Multimedia Communication,  Science Communication,  Civic Engagement,  Business,  Professional Editing



Students interested in the Professional Writing Minor submit an application in the fall quarter of their senior year. Because the Minor has limited space and the application process is competitive, students should put together the application with care. Interested students should also make an appointment with the Writing Program Undergraduate Advisor to discuss scheduling and academic eligibility.

In addition to completing the application, students are required to provide a portfolio consisting of a résumé and samples of previous writing from academic and professional contexts. See below for more details pertaining to the portfolio requirements. All portfolio materials will be returned.

Once you have submitted your application as a single PDF via email to this google form, please email the director of your desired track of the Minor:

Portfolio Requirements for All Tracks:

The writing samples should total no more than 15-20 pages (not including prefaces) and should consist of work selected from a range of projects created for both class and non-academic work and volunteer settings (i.e. jobs, internships, volunteer work, student organizations, etc.). Provide a preface that explains the context and purpose for each document you have selected. Portions or excerpts of larger projects and electronic documents such as websites or PowerPoint slides are acceptable. Academic essays are acceptable for all tracks except Business Communication and Journalism


Email Allison Brennan at ambrennan@ucsb.edu.