Course Guide


This tab serves as an overview of the various general education courses offered by the Professional Writing Program. These courses are 400-level and cover four distinct areas of writing: business writing, technical writing, medical writing, and multimedia writing. Each has a different focus, and you should choose the right course based on your advisor’s recommendations and your program’s plan of study. Online sections are also available, and we offer some sections during the summer.

Students who have transferred credit(s) for English courses sometimes ask ICAP and PW staff to accept those credits as fulfillment of Purdue’s first-year writing requirement. Purdue’s four-credit English 106 and its accelerated three-credit equivalent 108 were developed with the specific needs of Purdue’s students in mind. While we recognize that AP, Bridge program, and dual enrollment courses have value, they do not include key curricular elements of English 106 and 108, namely our focuses on information and technological literacy, collaborative learning, and research methods.

For this reason, we cannot approve requests to recognize ENGL 1XUWC alone as fulfilling Purdue’s first-year writing requirement. Nor can we waive the first-year writing pre-requisite for students who wish to take PW courses, even if they have earned credit for ENGL 1XUWC and/or similar courses. Students who transferred only ENGL 1XUWC could consider enrolling for the accelerated class, ENGL 108.

We do accept SCLA 101 as a prerequisite for our Professional Writing courses.

If you are interested in learning more about the program or speaking to current instructors about our courses, please contact the director, Dr. Jennifer Bay,  or call (765) 494-3730.