Minor in Professional and Technical Writing

The Bay Area needs well-trained technical writers and editors. The high-tech companies of Silicon Valley require people who are able to write quality manuals, reports, and web updates; write clear business reports and promotional materials; communicate effectively both with consumers and within the company; and understand each step of the publication process. 

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that demand for technical writers will continue to increase for the foreseeable future, especially in regions of the country like ours.

So what is Professional and Technical Writing (PTW)? Simply put, PTW is writing done in a workplace environment designed to persuade, inform, or instruct. While “professional” generally applies to business writing and “technical” generally applies to writing about technical topics, most professional writers would find the distinction superficial because they are frequently required to do both. 

SJSU’s program (formerly called “Career Writing”) has been going strong for over 30 years and our graduates work at nearly every major tech firm in the Bay Area. We have a strong job-placement record and help coordinate paid internships with local employers during the summer and the school year.

To see descriptions of these courses, check the general course descriptions. Faculty usually provide a more extensive description of the courses when they are offered.

Check with the Program Coordinator at least once each semester to track your progress.


Director of Undergraduate Professional and Technical Writing

Mark Thompson
(408) 924-4433
Faculty Offices 110


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Minor in Professional & Technical Writing



Course Requirements


Requirements in the Minor
16 units
  Core Courses: 12 units

ENGL 103

ENGL 106

ENGL 107

Modern English

Editing for Writers

Professional Technical Writing

  Complete one course from:    4 units

ENGL 105

ENGL 110

ENGL 129

Modern English

Editing for Writers

Professional Technical Writing