Professional Writing

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The Minor in Professional Writing combines classroom instruction with practical experience to teach students how to communicate effectively in professional environments. Through client-based projects and an internship, students will build a professional portfolio that demonstrates their writing, editing, design, and research skills to prospective employers.

The ability to communicate information effectively is a highly marketable skill in any field. A reported 50 percent of companies take writing ability into account when making hiring and promotion decisions, and 66 percent of professional employees in large American companies have writing responsibilities. For this reason, the Minor in Professional Writing is suited both for English majors and for students in other majors, such as business, health, and the sciences.

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Study Abroad Opportunities

England: Harlaxton Manor (semester program), England: Harlaxton Manor (summer), South Africa, Costa Rica

Student Professional Organizations

Three student organizations are closely affiliated with the Department of English: English Club, Sigma Tau Delta and Writers Ink. Information about our RSOs is available at:

Professional Development Opportunities

The Vehicle is a biannual literary magazine produced by the students of Eastern Illinois University. Read current and past issues at:


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Faculty Listing

Department of Professional Writing, Coleman Hall 3070
Contact Name: Dr. Terri A. Fredrick
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