In our major you will learn to create user guides, online documentation, website content, scientific reports, content strategies, and other professional documents. You will study the principles of technical and professional writing and use the latest technologies to create a vast portfolio of writing samples.

22 Average Class Size
3 Study abroad Programs
5:1 Student-faculty ratio
100+ English Courses Offered
What Is a Professional and Technical Writing Degree?

You will combine coursework on the methods, forms, technologies, and issues of workplace writing with practical experience. The professional and technical writing major emphasizes the role of online writing skills and electronic content strategy in 21st century professional and technical communication.

Why Study Professional and Technical Writing Here?

Our wide-ranging curriculum emphasizes electronic communication. You complete our Professional and Technical Writing degree with an understanding of international technical content standards and computing applications. You will perfect  skills in writing and rhetoric, and a create a portfolio of multimodal writing samples.

Beyond the Classroom

Undergraduate Research and Independent Study


Talk to a professor about designing your own research project to take a deeper look at a topic of your interest. You'll work closely with a faculty advisor to plan a course of action and discuss your findings. You can also participate in a collaborative project where you help a faculty member with their research.

Undergrad research


Get Experience

Engage in your profession by writing, researching, editing, and making connections with employers across the country. Apply the knowledge and skills you learn in the classroom to the workplace. Internships earn academic credit and provide valuable real-world experience. 


Study Abroad

Study Away

We host a faculty-led trip to London, an exchange program with Loughborough University, and a Wintermester Experience that visits different locations each year. These experiences enrich your understanding of the history and culture with the English language and its literature.

Study Abroad options for the Professional and Technical Writing Degree

Strong Community

Student Organizations

You will join an active and welcoming community. Our student organizations include the English Club, Linguistics Club, Creative Writing Club, and Sigma Tau Delta. We hold an annual literary festival, Glossolalia, that features original works including readings and performances by students and visiting writers.

Technical Writing Degree E-Portfolios
What Our Students Are Saying

I developed skills in grant, proposal, and science writing, editing, and coding. Employers tell me they're so impressed by the curriculum and how great it is that I majored in such an essential field. I'm excited to use what I've learned in my role as a copywriter for a pharmaceutical advertising agency in NYC.

Erica Palladino, '15

Careers and Further Study