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Value of a Minor

Are you interested in enhancing your studies with a minor? In addition to major areas of study, UTSA offers a variety of programs that provide valuable contributions to students' academic careers. While pursuing an undergraduate minor, students have the opportunity to explore personal interests and passions outside of their major program or complement their current major, helping them further stand out in the job market.

Why Pursue a Minor in Professional Writing

Adding a Minor in Professional Writing enhances your communication skills, making you adept at crafting clear, concise, and persuasive messages across various platforms. This valuable skill set is applicable in diverse professional settings, empowering you to excel in areas such as business communication, content creation, and technical writing.

Some courses for this minor can be applied towards your degree, especially programs within the College of Liberal and Fine Arts.

What You'll Study

Students pursuing the Minor in Professional Writing will take the following courses:

  • Technical Writing
  • Topics in Rhetoric and Composition
  • Specialized Technical & Professional Writing
  • Advanced Professional Writing

Students must also choose two additional writing courses from the following:

  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Persuasion and Rhetoric
  • Theory and Practice of Composition
  • Advanced Composition
  • Topics in Rhetoric and Composition
  • Writing in Public and Professional Contexts
  • Internships

Adding a Minor


Though not required, declaring a minor is an excellent way to enhance your major area of study. A minor typically consists of 6 courses (18 semester credit hours), and may have additional requirements depending on the minor selected. After being admitted to UTSA and registered for classes, students can meet with their assigned academic advisor to discuss the addition of a minor to their degree plan.

Please note, students can add a minor as long as they have earned less than 75 credit hours. However, the addition of a minor may or may not delay graduation. All requirements for the minor must be met at graduation; a minor cannot be added to a student’s degree program once they graduate. Students should meet with their assigned academic advisor to understand the impacts of adding a minor to their degree plan.

This program requires the following prerequisite:

  • University Writing Requirement
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Interested in Majoring in English?

UTSA offers a Bachelor of Arts in English! Visit our major page to further explore this field and see if this program is the right fit for you.

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Program Advisor

Kenneth Walker, PhD

210-508-4374

Kenneth.Walker@utsa.edu