This emphasis will enable students to “Experience practical writing in the classroom and the ‘real world’” (www.byui.edu/English). Students who wish to write in a professional setting, drafting business and other technically intensive documents, would benefit most from this emphasis. Writing classes will focus on business writing, editing and proofreading; there is also marketing, communication and other business classes as choices for this emphasis. It requires three semesters of a practicum, which will provide the opportunity for students to write in a professional style within a student-run business organization for real-world clients.
Professional writing emphasis majors will have the opportunity to read, edit, and create professional manuscripts (such as white papers, manuals, etc.). They are also required to complete an internship, which will provide the skills and know-how necessary to succeed in the business world.
Each of the emphases has a uniquely beneficial experience to offer students. Students are bound to grow and learn a lot, no matter what their emphasis. When it comes down to it, the choice is about knowing what you want to get our of your education—and then making those decisions that will get you where you want to go.