The goal of the major curriculum is to prepare you with the theory needed to eventually succeed as a practicing writer. The purpose of this component is to allow you to gain practical experience related to the field of writing. Ideally, you will apply skills acquired through the Writing Department’s curriculum to the kinds of work professionals in the field regularly engage in. This component is also designed to help you acquire new skills and a growing sense of yourself as professionals within the field of writing.
Preparation as a writer can lead to freelance work; teaching opportunities; jobs in the fields of grant writing, technical writing, medical writing, legal writing, editing, information design, user interface design, web design and development, interactive design, usability, and journalism; and lifelong engagement with other professionals.
Therefore, the activities in this component range from completing an internship to participating in a professional organization or society to completing ad hoc tasks within the department, university, or another organization.