PW @ UL Lafayette

 Professional Writing
@ the University of Louisiana at Lafayette

The professional writing program at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette emphasizes the communication skills necessary for the 21st century workplace. We prepare writers to face the challenges of effectively communicating in workplaces that are increasingly global, digital, and virtual. With several plans of study, the program offers undergraduates and graduates the opportunity to develop writing, technology, and rhetorical skills to effectively communicate in professional contexts.

Program Mission

The professional writing program seeks to create an environment that encourages and supports the use and development of effective professional communication practices. We will create a professional writing community that transcends physical location, disciplinary boundaries, and professions, and will support this community by modeling and promoting our core beliefs:

  • Documents should be composed and designed to allow users to access content efficiently.
  • Collaboration fosters learning and self-reflection, and leads to creative solutions.
  • The changing workplace requires adaptable writers capable of applying their knowledge of writing, design, and technology to a variety of contexts.
  • Twenty-first century professionals must be prepared to collaborate virtually, communicate effectively across cultures, and create visual, textual, and aural media for publication on the Internet.

Plans of Study

Undergraduate

Minor in Professional Writing

Students who minor in professional writing can learn to effectively communicate their content knowledge to different audiences. The minor prepares students to communicate effectively in their careers or to face the rigors of writing in graduate or law school. Students who pair a professional writing minor with a science, engineering, or technology degree develop a diverse skill set that can set them apart on the job market.

B.A. in English with a concentration in Professional Writing

Students who major in English with a concentration in professional writing learn to translate their “soft skills” (critical thinking, problem solving, empathy, interpersonal communication) to workplace contexts. The concentration prepares students for careers that depend on strong communication and writing skills. Students who take the core professional writing courses will be prepared for a careers in technical and professional writing.

Graduate

Graduate Certificate in Professional Writing

The Online Graduate Certificate in Professional Writing was designed for working professionals and recent graduates looking to make themselves competitive in the job market. The 15-credit hour graduate certificate qualifies students for positions as professional or technical writers and provides the opportunity for professionals in business, government, and technical positions to greatly enhance their writing, editing, and document design abilities. The program is designed to be an additional credential or enhancement, not a substitute for a graduate degree.

M.A. in English with a concentration in Professional Writing

Students who pursue an MA in English with a concentration in professional writing develop the research and critical writing skills of graduate students, as well as professional communication skills. Like the graduate certificate, the MA qualifies students for positions as professional or technical writers. Additionally, students who take graduate courses in Rhetoric and Composition will be prepared to teach professional writing at community colleges and universities.