The Professional Writing Minor

About the Professional Writing Minor

The goal of the professional writing minor in journalism and publishing is to introduce students to professional industry standards and to help them develop the skills required to succeed as writers and editors in print and online journalism and publishing.

With an engaged faculty active in the industry, UVic professional writing students exchange ideas and produce work to firm deadlines with the same rigorous standards they’ll be held to upon entering the marketplace.

The director of the professional writing minor is Lee Henderson. Questions about the minor can be directed to him at

Professional Writing Co-op

The professional writing co-op offers undergraduate students enrolled in the professional writing minor the opportunity to apply their skills and gain paid work experience through the Humanities, Fine Arts and Professional Writing Co-op program.

While co-op is not mandatory, it is highly recommended, and priority for admission in certain courses will be given to those students in the co-op program.

Minor Requirements

Before declaring a professional writing minor, students must take 3.0 units from the following, with a grade of B or better in each course: WRIT 100, 102, 140; ENGL 115, 135, 146, 147, 215; ENGR 240.

Eligible students must then complete 3.0 units of required journalism courses (WRIT 215, 315), 4.5 units of core electives in professional writing or creative nonfiction, and 3.0 units from a longer list of additional writing or English electives, for a total of 10.5 units.

Required or elective course units applied to the professional writing minor may NOT also be applied to another major or minor.

See below for full details of the minor.

Professional Writing Minor in Journalism and Publishing





WRIT 100, 102, 140; ENGL 115, 135, 146, 147, 215; ENGR 240.



first year total:   






WRIT 215 - Journalism



WRIT 315 - Advanced Journalism



required total:   





core electives

WRIT 306, 314*, 316, 320, 321*, 322, 330*, 335, 336, 340, 416, 417, 420, 440





additional electives

WRIT 306, 307, 308, 309, 310, 311, 312, 314*, 316, 320, 321*, 322, 329, 330*, 335, 336, 340, 412, 416, 420, 440; ENGL 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 401, 406, 407, 408, 412, 416, TS300 and TS400.



electives total:   



Note: Some electives may have prerequisites. Senior-level (300 or 400) media-related courses in other departments (e.g., EDCI 340, ENGL 418, POLI 340) or from other schools may count as elective credit with special permission from the director of professional writing via  


professional writing minor total:   





*May be repeated once with different topics.

For more information on the minor requirements, please refer to the UVic Calendar.



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