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Department of Language and Literature

Department of Language and Literature

Professional Writing


The Professional Writing course prepares students to be successful communicators in their chosen careers. A balance of theory and practice ensures students can apply and adapt the knowledge they develop in today’s changing workplace. Students learn a variety of communication strategies that emphasize promoting both efficiency and goodwill in workplace communication. Additionally, students learn the conventions of professional writing genres such as email, memos and letters, reports, proposals, and social media. Finally, students work on developing an appropriate writing style with an emphasis on professionalism as well as writing with precision.

The following outcomes reflect what students will be able to do after successfully completing the course:

  • draft and revise documents that are attentive to the rhetorical situation (audience, purpose, and context.)
  • select and use business and communication strategies in writing
  • write clear, precise reader-based documents that adhere to appropriate style and tone
  • compose documents that adhere to appropriate professional formats
  • demonstrate skillful and ethical use of high quality, credible, relevant sources to develop ideas
  • compose documents that demonstrate competency over standard grammar, word choice, punctuation, and mechanics
  • apply critical, analytical, and creative thinking in order to analyze and solve problems
  • work individually and collaboratively to analyze and solve problems
  • develop technological literacy and use technology appropriate to contemporary business communication