Undergraduate ProgramsProfessional Writing Minor

Overview

WHY STUDY PROFESSIONAL WRITING?

Are you looking for that extra edge to prepare you for an internship, graduate school or a career? Excellent writing skills make a difference!

Through courses that understand “writing” as encompassing written, oral, visual, and electronic multimodal communication, students in the Professional Writing Minor will acquire the intellectual and practical skills needed to perform well as strong writers and communicators in their working lives after UCLA. While the Professional Writing Minor is overseen by the UCLA Department of English in collaboration with Writing Programs, the Minor is open to students across all disciplines.

Begin creating a digital portfolio of your work, learn to write a successful proposal or pitch to a specific audience, practice the art of public speaking, design effective visual documents, tighten your grammar and editing skills, learn to communicate sophisticated ideas or research in an accessible way—all this awaits you in the Professional Writing Minor.

IMPORTANT DATES

Fall 2023

October
6 – Application deadline for Fall 2023 applicants at 5pm PST. Applications received after this date will be reviewed during Winter 2024 (see below).
27 – 31 – Fall applicants notified via email of application status.

November
1-3 – Advising appointments for new minors. Meet with the Professional Writing Minor advisors during these dates to be declared in time for Winter enrollment!
6 – First enrollment pass for Winter 2024. Only declared minors can enroll in PWM classes!
13 – Second enrollment pass for Winter 2024. Non-declared minors may enroll in PWM classes if space is available.

WINTER 2024

January
5 – Application deadline for Winter 2024 applicants at 5 pm PST. Applications received after this date will be reviewed during Spring 2024 (see below).

February
1-2 – Winter applicants notified via email of application status.
5-9 – Advising appointments for new minors. Meet with the Professional Writing Minor advisors during these dates to be declared in time for Spring enrollment!
15 – First enrollment pass for Spring 2024. Only declared minors can enroll in PWM classes!
22 – Second enrollment pass for Spring 2024. Non-declared minors may enroll in PWM classes if space is available.

SPRING 2024 

April
5 – Application deadline for Spring 2024 applicants at 5 PM PST. Applications received after this date will be reviewed during Fall 2024.

May

Notification and intake timeline TBA.

June

Enrollment dates for Fall 2024 TBA

SUMMER 2024 

June – September

Applications received during Summer 2024 will be reviewed for Fall 2024 acceptance in October 2024.

Have questions about course content or the minor’s design?

Contact:

Michael C. Cohen, Faculty Coordinator for Writing in the English Majors & the Professional Writing Minor
cohenm@humnet.ucla.edu

Have questions about enrollment, academic procedures, or the application process?

Contact:

Sara Hosegera, Curriculum Coordinator, UCLA Writing Programs
shosegera@humnet.ucla.edu

Steph Bundy, Undergraduate Advisor, Department of English
MyUCLA MessageCenter (Advising Unit: English)