Professional Writing Program at Oregon Tech
Pursue your passions as a writer in this creative, career-oriented, and highly customizable program, designed to help you make your mark in the high-demand field of professional writing.
What You'll Learn
Develop and hone your professional and technical writing skills in this innovative and interdisciplinary Professional Writing program. Whatever your interest—scientific and technical writing, digital media, or writing in organizations—our highly customizable program can match your passions with your career goals. Additionally, we offer flexible entry points, so that whether you already have some college credits, are just entering college, or are a working professional, Oregon Tech’s bachelor’s degree in Professional Writing has a place for you.
What is a Professional Writer?
Above all, professional writers write; they’re grant writers, information architects, web designers, technical editors, social media managers, and much, much more. Professional writers are the “air-traffic controllers” of writing within organizations; they manage projects, conduct research, and design innovative communication solutions. They use their advanced written communication skills to synthesize information and span boundaries between technical experts, decision-makers, and the public.
Organizations and industries everywhere rely on professional writers to communicate their messages and effectively reach their stakeholders—and Oregon Tech’s Professional Writing externship will give you the hands-on experience you need to prepare you to write in these exciting professional contexts. Our 12-credit flexible externship, offered in your senior year, will give you real-world experience as you create a portfolio of professional work that will make you an attractive and sought-after job candidate. Working with your faculty advisor, you will develop an externship in an industry of your choosing to help you meet your career goals. During your externship, you can also pursue advanced coursework to further hone your skills and prepare you to excel from the day you graduate.
Community College Alignment
Do you have community college credits in writing, digital media, English, or communication from any of our local community colleges, such as Klamath Community College, Rogue Community College, Linn-Benton Community College, or Portland Community College? Oregon Tech’s Professional Writing bachelor’s program is designed to absorb as many transfer credits as possible, and our academic advisors will work with you to make the most of your prior experience.
Careers in Professional Writing
Highly skilled professional writers are a valuable addition in all organizations, and Oregon Tech created the B.S. in Professional Writing to meet this demand. This career-oriented degree program prepares you for many professional opportunities upon graduation and gives you the skills you need to grow in your career. Whether you aspire to be a specialist or a manager, a leader or an independent contractor, our program will help you achieve your goals. With the skills you gain in writing, design, and digital media, you’ll be able to articulate and translate complex ideas for a variety of audiences in a variety of highly technical fields.
Career Options Include
Pursuing a B.S. in Professional Writing at Oregon Tech situates you to take advantage of highly focused and specialized courses available in a variety of applied and technical degree programs, including engineering, management, health sciences, and communication studies. As a Professional Writing major, you’ll select a technical focus area, which will prepare to work in a broad array of organizations, including:
- Engineering firms
- Environmental Organizations
- Financial firms
- Gaming companies
- Government or public service organizations
- High tech firms
- Hospitals and healthcare settings
- K-12 and higher education
- Manufacturing companies
- Nonprofit Organizations
- Renewable or traditional energy companies
Oregon Tech’s Professional Writing program is highly customizable so that students can gain both core skills applicable to all environments and take coursework in their chosen field of focus. For example, students interested in high tech can take courses in information technology, operations management, or software engineering. Those interested in healthcare could take classes in healthcare management or applied psychology.
Introduction to Web Authoring
This rhetorically-grounded course will introduce students to web technologies and will provide an account of the historical and the current state of the internet. Students will be introduced to HTML, CSS, genres of web content, and managing content on a web server. Students will be introduced to content management systems and build their own personal webpage.
Writing in the Public Interest
This course emphasizes the professional writing needs of nonprofit and community stakeholders. Students will analyze particular rhetorical situations and use appropriate rhetorical strategies to produce multiple issue-driven documents in various genres. This course will culminate in the student creating a professional portfolio for the prospective client.
This course explores the processes and strategies involved in communicating scientific information to professional and lay audiences, including how to present the topic, hypotheses, and experimental method. Students will learn about writing literature reviews and presenting quantitative data.
Writing for the Health Professions
This course emphasizes the professional writing needs of health professionals. Students will analyze particular rhetorical situations and use appropriate rhetorical strategies to produce multiple issue-focused documents in various genres. The course culminates in a simulated outreach project requiring students to translate expert medical content for non-expert audiences.
Communication in Leadership
This course explores the relationship between communication and leadership within organizations and the development and application of communication competencies associated with effective leadership.
Project Management for Writers
This course focuses on project planning, management, and assessment for large-scale print and electronic projects. Students will be introduced to the theory and practice of audience-, organization-, and process-based approaches to content strategy.