BS in Professional & Strategic Writing


College of Humanities & Sciences


Bachelor of Science


East Falls


On Campus


122 - 124


4 Years

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Name: Kathryn Gindlesparger, PhD
  • Director, Professional and Strategic Writing
  • Director, Writing Program
  • Associate Professor, Writing and Rhetoric
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The Professional & Strategic Writing program is designed to respond to the unique career goals of each student and provides the key skills necessary to transition into new or expanded professional areas as the marketplace continues to change and grow.  

The Professional & Strategic Writing Curriculum offers course options within the rhetorical categories of invention, delivery, style, arrangement and memory: courses shown below are examples of the category that follows the title.

Total Credit Hours: 122-124

Courses shown in bold are part of the Professional & Strategic Writing Core Curriculum.

Year 1

  • Introduction to Professional and Strategic Writing
  • Researching Writing: Methods and Applications ( or other Invention 200-level course)
  • Visual Rhetorics (or other Arrangement 200-level course)
  • Rhetorical Traditions (or other Memory 200-level course)
  • Pathways Seminar
  • Topics in American Studies
  • Scientific Understanding
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Quantitative Reasoning or STAT or Scientific Understanding
  • Writing Seminar I: Written Communication
  • Free Elective

Year 2

  • Intro to Public Speaking (or other Delivery 200-level course)
  • Intro to Tech Writing (or other Style 200-level course)
  • Cultural Myths and Memory (or other Memory 300-level course)
  • Writing at Work
  • In-house Internship
  • Minor Course 
  • Multimedia Communication
  • Global Diversity
  • American Diversity
  • Ethics
  • Free Elective

Year 3

  • Rhetorics of Data Visualization (or other Invention 300-level course)
  • Rhetorical Grammar or Creative Nonfiction (or other Style 300-level course)
  • Communicating Science or Writing for Non-Profits (or other Delivery 300-level course)
  • Media Writing (or other Arrangement 300-level course)
  • Disciplinary Elective
  • Disciplinary Elective
  • Contemporary Global Issues
  • Global Citizenship
  • Integrative Seminar
  • Minor Course 
  • Free Elective

Year 4

  • Capstone
  • Disciplinary Elective
  • Disciplinary Elective
  • Philosophies of the Good Life
  • Minor Course (2)
  • Free Elective (2)