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 2021

October
8 – Application deadline for Fall 2021 applicants. Applications received after this date will be reviewed during Winter 2022 (see below).
15-22 – Fall applicants notified via email of application status.
25-Nov. 5 – Advising appointments for new minors. Meet with the Professional Writing Minor advisors during these dates to be declared in time for Winter enrollment!

November
11 – First enrollment pass for Winter 2022. Only declared minors can enroll in PWM classes!
18 – Second enrollment pass for Winter 2022. Non-declared minors may enroll in PWM classes if space is available.

WINTER 2022

January
7 – Application deadline for Winter 2022 applicants. Applications received after this date will be reviewed during Spring 2022 (see below).
14-23 – Winter applicants notified via email of application status.
24-Feb. 4 – Advising appointments for new minors. Meet with the Professional Writing Minor advisors during these dates to be declared in time for Spring enrollment!

February
10 – First enrollment pass for Spring 2022. Only declared minors can enroll in PWM classes!
18 – Second enrollment pass for Spring 2022. Non-declared minors may enroll in PWM classes if space is available.

SPRING 2022

May
1 – Application deadline for Spring 2022 applicants. Applications received after this date will be reviewed during Fall 2022.
16-20 – Spring applicants notified via email of application status.
23-Jun. 10 – Advising appointments for new minors. Meet with the Professional Writing Minor advisors during these dates to be declared in time for Fall enrollment!

June

Enrollment dates for Fall 2022 TBA

SUMMER 2022

June – August

Applications received during Summer 2022 will be reviewed for Fall 2022 acceptance in October 2022.

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

Contact:

Megan Stephan, Faculty Coordinator for Writing in the English Majors & the Professional Writing Minor
mastephan@g.ucla.edu

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

Contact:

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