Professional and Technical Writing Major

Left and right brains unite. Channel your technical and creative strengths and prepare for a career that offers you the chance to show them both off in the Professional and Technical Writing program.

What You'll Study

The Professional and Technical Writing major is about the writing, editing and design of documents for businesses and organizations.

Learn how to communicate to different target audiences visually and textually through multiple print and online mediums. See what it's like to work under budgetary and timeline constraints with clients, just as you would in the business world. Deep dive into grammar, formatting and typography, and become skilled in today's most popular web and editing software.

Our students have gone on to successful careers as writers, editors and document developers. Many have also found success in graduate school, mastering studies in rhetoric, composition, technical communication, business and public administration.

Graduate Certificate in Professional and Technical Writing available for this major. 


  • Professional and Technical Writing Major

    You'll take a core of courses and choose additional classes within the areas of writing and language study and critical reading. Finally, you'll develop a series of courses to take in one of five professional concentrations:

    1. Publication Design
    2. Electronic Document Development
    3. Technical/Scientific Writing
    4. Organizational Writing
    5. Independent Professional Study

    An internship component is optional.

    Course Listing

Internships and Jobs


  •  Fathom Online Marketing
  •  Youngstown State University
  •  The Butler Institute of American Art


  •  Apple
  •  Writers' Theatre
  •  CityScene Media Group
  •  Time Inc. Publishing
  •  Ohio Association of Foodbanks
  •  IM Image Marketing
  •  Radcom Inc.

One More Thing

After over a year of indecision about my major, I found the perfect fit in the Professional and Technical Writing program. The courses gave me the best balance of English studies, writing and editing, design, and business—and ultimately led me to a career that's letting me do what I love."

Andrea Tharp, Professional and Technical Writing Alum