Minor Application

Professional Writing Minor Application for 2022-2023


Application due date for the 2022-2023 academic year:

Friday, October 7th by 4:00pm 

Link to the Application Form (PLEASE NOTE: This is a work-in-progress application form. Finalization is not complete on specific application language or sample requirements.)

Please be sure to include all of the information requested on the form, including writing samples and other application materials for upload as PDFs.

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.

Submit your application via this google form.

If you have any additional questions, please email 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.

Interested in Joining the Professional Writing Minor? (pdf) this newsletter provides an in-depth overview of the Minor, tips on the application process, information on potential careers and more.