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Professional Writing [PWRT] (Major)

Professional Writing offers a well-rounded, liberal arts education with courses in creative writing, editing, technical writing, business writing and writing with new media. For more information please visit the website at www.cortland.edu/profwriting/ or the English Department.

 Career Potential

  • Editor
  • Technical Writer
  • Web Content Developer
  • Communications Manager
  • Grant Writer
  • Creative Writer
  • Freelance Writer
  • Media Writer

Professional Writing Courses: 34 credit hours

A. Required Courses: 19 credit hours

  • PWR 210 - Writing in the Digital Age (4 cr. hr.)
  • PWR 295 - Introduction to Professional Writing (3 cr. hr.)
  • PWR 395 - Revising and Editing (3 cr. hr.)
  • PWR 399 - Rhetoric (3 cr. hr.)
  • PWR 495 - Internship in Professional Writing (3-15 cr. hr.)
  • PWR 497 - Senior Seminar in Professional Writing (3 cr. hr.)
B. At least 15 additional credit hours of elective professional writing courses, six hours at the 400 level.

Note: PWR 412, if selected, has a prerequisite of PWR 212, PWR 213 or PWR 315.

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 124
Example of the B.A. in Professional Writing over Four Years
First Year
Fall Total credit hours: 16-17
  • Foreign language
  • CAP
  • GE course
  • GE course
  • COR 101 - The Cortland Experience: A First Year Seminar (1 cr. hr.)
  • CPN 100 - Writing Studies I (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 102 - Writing Studies in the Community I (4 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 16-17
  • Foreign language
  • GE course
  • GE course
  • GE course
  • CPN 101 - Writing Studies II (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 103 - Writing Studies in the Community II (4 cr. hr.)
Second Year
Fall Total credit hours: 16-18
  • Foreign language
  • GE course
  • GE course
  • PWR 210 - Writing in the Digital Age (4 cr. hr.)
  • PWR 295 - Introduction to Professional Writing (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 18
  • Foreign language
  • GE course
  • English elective
  • Two PWR electives
  • Minor or elective
Third Year
Fall Total credit hours: 18
  • GE course
  • GE course
  • Minor or elective
  • Minor or elective
  • PWR 395 - Revising and Editing (3 cr. hr.)
  • PWR 399 - Rhetoric (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 15
  • PWR elective
  • PWR elective
  • PWR elective
  • English elective
  • English elective
Fourth Year
Fall Total credit hours: 15
  • Minor, elective or internship
  • Minor, elective or internship
  • Minor, elective or internship
  • Minor, elective or internship
  • PWR 495 - Internship in Professional Writing (3-15 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 15
  • PWR elective (if needed)
  • Minor or elective
  • Minor or elective
  • Minor or elective
  • PWR 497 - Senior Seminar in Professional Writing (3 cr. hr.)