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Professional Writing Minor

  • Location IconBrookings Main Campus

Words have power.

The professional writing minor will prepare students from all disciplines to write persuasively, clearly and effectively in professional settings, thereby contributing to the economic growth of the state and region. English majors who have professional writing backgrounds find careers as editors, publishers, copywriters, website designers, writers and free-lance writers and grant writers in business, government, academia and the non-profit sector. Non-English majors may also elect to complete the proposed minor in professional writing. Combining the professional writing minor with majors in areas such as biology, chemistry or agronomy will provide more intense writing skill development for students. This combination will make them more marketable for positions in their specific discipline which require higher level writing skills.

Undecided or still deciding on a major and future career?

If you are uncertain about your major and have questions about career planning, you are not alone. Choosing a major or career can be a very difficult decision. The exploratory studies program may be a good fit if you are unsure of your major and career focus. Entering the university in the exploratory studies program will help you gain confidence and valuable insights on majors and minors available at SDSU and future career choices. 

In addition, FOCUS 2 Career, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you reflect on your values, interests, personality traits and skills to provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 Career by using their student email and password. After completing FOCUS 2 Career, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.