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Writing

The Northwest Difference

A minor in professional writing will compliment any major and serve as a foundation to be successful in your career. Students build the skills in written communication and critical thinking that employers demand. They engage in a broad range of practical and theoretical experiences that emphasize workplace genres, audiences and problem-solving.

Students also learn from faculty who are nationally recognized experts in language and writing, who hold terminal academic degrees and real-world professional writing backgrounds.

Career Ready. Day One.

Northwest ensures students are career ready, day one through internships, field experiences and networking opportunities. Read Korbin's story »

Korbin is Career ready. Day One.

Career Opportunities

Job titles related to this minor include:

  • Technical writer
  • Analyst
  • Marketing director
  • Editor
  • Project manager
  • Public relations specialist
  • Knowledge manager
  • Grant writer
  • Consultant
  • Usability expert

Profession-Based Learning Experiences

Students in professional writing complete practicum-based exercises in genres of the workplace, including occasional real-world projects for regional businesses and organizations.

The Laurel Review

GreenTower Press is a small press supported by the department, and managed by two faculty members. GreenTower Press publishes a highly lauded literary magazine, The Laurel Review. Each term, student interns gain professional publishing experience with GreenTower Press and The Laurel Review. Students work as editors-in-training at The Laurel Review, where they read, judge and edit manuscripts for publication.

The Northwest Difference

The Northwest Difference

Founded in 1905, Northwest is a traditional campus with more than 7,200 undergraduate and graduate students. Located in the middle of everywhere, Maryville is two hours from Omaha, Nebraska and Kansas City, Missouri and 2 ½ hours from Des Moines, Iowa.

Textbooks and Laptops Included

Save more than $6,800 over four years through our textbooks and laptop program.

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$25 Million money for you

Nearly $25 Million in scholarships and grants awarded annually.

Scholarship Information
Career Ready. Day One.

Students organizations, internships and profession-based learning experiences ensure students are Career Ready, Day One.

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Graduation Rate: 90th percentile

Graduation Rate: 90th percentile of Northwest's national peer group.