The Scientific and Technical Writing major consists of 10 courses (30 credit hours): three core courses, one professional or technical writing course, a capstone internship and two approved courses related to a specific topical area.
The topic areas below serve as examples.
Science and Health
- WRIT 407 The Writing of Health and Medicine
- WRIT 408 Rhetoric and Science
Public and Professional Writing
- ENGL 302 Editing
- ENGL 403 Grant Proposal Writing
- ENGL 450: Forensic Linguistics
Tailor this major to your interests by taking one of these courses as you pursue your degree:
Tradition and contemporary approaches to rhetoric and writing theory for professional writing and editing students who wish to develop their abilities to analyze and produce written texts.
Writing Theory and Practice
A comprehensive approach to editing, including the correctness and effectiveness of a document, information design, and editorial responsibility. Students gain a realistic perspective on workplace practice through real-world scenarios, case studies, and technological applications.
Study of communication and design issues in multimedia composition. Focuses on communication, creative expression, persuasion, interactivity, and rhetorical principles. Practice in composing multimedia documents such as online publications, interactive literary works, and tutorials.
Students analyze different writing contexts, meet the needs of different audiences, and organize and present material in letters, memos, and reports. Includes some research, online components, and a review of style, grammar and usage.
Business and Professional Writing
Writing in scientific and technical fields. Introduces students to typical genres, workplace practices, document design, and conventions of writing for experts and non-experts.
(May be repeated up to a maximum of 18 hours.) Prearranged experiential learning program, to be planned, supervised, and evaluated for credit by faculty and field supervisors. Involves temporary placement with public or private enterprise for professional competence development.
Professional Field Experience
Take advantage of special options related to this major:
Expand your curiosity — and enhance your curriculum — through the WVU Honors College. Two programs are offered: Honors Foundations for first-
and second-year students and Honors EXCEL for third- and fourth-year students.