The Professional Writing (PW) program is concerned with the theory, ethics, research, and practice of representing information in a variety of communication media-computer documentation, instruction manuals, hypertext, multimedia presentations, graphics, video, brochures, newsletters, public relations, scholarly writing, journalism, and literary nonfiction.

Professional Writing is an interdisciplinary major or double major for students interested in developing their skills in writing, visual communication, and digital media in combination with a strong background in a technical or scientific field of study.

The Professional Writing program offers courses and projects in four areas of concentration:

  • Science writing, medical writing, health communication
  • Writing in the public interest, writing for nonprofits
  • Digital media, visual communication, information design
  • Bilingual professional communication, translation

In consultation with a faculty advisor, Professional Writing majors design a plan of study that combines courses in writing, rhetoric, visual design, and digital media with courses in a technical or scientific concentration. Learn more about the distribution requirements of the major.

The culmination of the Professional Writing major is the Major Qualifying Project, a senior project all WPI undergraduates complete in their major field of study. Learn more about the Major Qualifying Project in Professional Writing.


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