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Welcome to the Professional Writing program at Purdue University.

For thirty years, the Professional Writing Program has been dedicated to providing students with the education needed to pursue careers in editing and publishing; technical writing; user experience; marketing and media; medical writing; content development, and more. The program integrates Purdue’s reputation as a scientific and technologically driven university with a focus on the areas of ethics, research, rhetoric, and technology.

Purdue University’s Professional Writing program was established with the development of the Rhetoric and Composition graduate program in 1980. Professor Patricia Sullivan designed the curriculum for the PW major. The goal was to create a production-oriented English major that took advantage of Purdue’s strengths in science and technology by integrating digital technology, publishing, and rhetoric. In addition, hands-on experiences and internships were implemented into the curriculum, thereby giving students a well-rounded resume and making them highly competitive on the job market.

With over 75 undergraduate and 40 graduate students, the program manages to retain small classroom sizes that offer the opportunity for individual interaction with faculty, as well as group interaction with peers. The program also has a nationwide alumni network to aid students in making professional contacts and networking opportunities that go beyond the scope of the classroom.

For more information, contact the Director of Professional Writing:

Dr. Jennifer Bay, jbay@purdue.edu