Professional Writing & Rhetoric Minor

In today’s technology-driven world, a bachelor’s degree in professional writing and rhetoric equips you with the skills you need to convey your ideas in a way that connects and inspires people.  Students in this program gain firsthand experience learning how to harness their written and oral communication skills to make a difference in their workplace and community.  There’s no way to overemphasize the value of your communication skills – especially when it comes to your career.  Regardless of your professional plans or the degree you pursue here at McKendree, the professional writing and rhetoric minor will prepare you for the ever-changing communication needs and expectations of the 21st century workplace. 




Program Highlights


Highlights of the professional writing and rhetoric minor program include:


  • Classes are taught by full-time faculty from various fields, such as English, journalism, art, and communications, who hold years of diverse academic and professional experiences

  • In-class service learning projects give you real world experience writing for local non-profits and seeing your work published

  • Gain on-the-job experience before you graduate through McKendree’s strong internship program with access to countless corporations, non-profits, and start-up companies throughout the St. Louis area




Minor Requirements





Employment Opportunities


Graduates in professional writing and rhetoric find employment in corporate and non-profit settings such as writers, editors, media managers, technical communicators, grant writers, web content developers, and more.  Interesting courses such as New Media and Emerging Technologies in Professional Writing, Civic Engagement through Professional Writing, and Visual Rhetoric and Document Design provide a solid foundation on which to build a professional portfolio upon entering the workforce. 



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