Overview of the Undergraduate Major

The undergraduate major in Professional Writing at Purdue University includes tracks in Technical Writing and Writing and Publishing. Housed  in the Department of English, the program is noted for cultivating expertise in writing for digital workplaces, user experience and usability, digital publishing,   and writing in high tech industries. 

Professional Writing is known nationally for its innovative and productive faculty, its outstanding alumni network, and its leadership in cutting edge professional and technical writing approaches to teaching and research. Students are required to have a minor in a different discipline in order to provide content knowledge and subject matter familiarity for their writing. Students minor in such areas as information technology, journalism, agricultural communication, art and design, and computer graphics technology.

Undergraduate students in either area (Technical Writing or Writing and Publishing) have excellent scholarship opportunities, as well as the chance to study abroad through Purdue’s well-known Study Abroad Program. Crouse Scholarships (Undergrad/Scholarships) of $5,000 each are awarded annually to outstanding and promising students in PW.

There are numerous onsite and offsite internship opportunities. A major goal of the PW major in both strands is to give students practical experience working in high-tech, health care, pharmaceutical, and publishing industries, to name just a few areas of interest.

The Purdue alumni network in Professional Writing and Rhetoric and Composition is wide and has binding ties to important sites in academia and industry. For more information about Professional Writing, contact the Director, Jennifer Bay, jbay@purdue.edu.

Professional Writing Scholarships
Professional Writing Minor Detailed Description