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

Check with the Professional and Technical Writing Major Advisor at least once each semester to track your progress.

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Minor in Professional & Technical Writing 

Course Requirements: 16 Units

Core Courses: (12 Units)

Complete one course from: (4 Units)

  • ENGL 105 Seminar in Advanced Composition
  • ENGL 110 Visual Rhetoric and Document Design for Writers
  • ENGL 129 Intro to Career Writing