Scientific and Technical Writing
The Scientific and Technical Writing (STW) major is ideal if you are interested in a professional career as a writer, editor, researcher or a related career in science, industry and other professions that emphasize strong analytical and interpretive skills as well as creative problem-solving skills.
It also prepares you for the writing and research skills you will need for advanced academic work, especially if you wish to pursue research in technically-dense fields. You will develop your skills in a capstone internship that prepares you for writing and designing in professional settings. If you double-major in STW and another discipline, you are doubly-prepared to succeed given your writing skills and subject matter expertise!
Eligible STW students may earn both the B.S. and a master's degree in five years.
How will I focus my studies?
With a BA or BS degree in Writing Studies, you will learn to translate complex information into clear prose for diverse audiences and analyze how information flows through organizational structures. As you apply these skills in a capstone internship with a local business, non-profit, or government agency, you will see your writing come alive.
Regardless of what subjects you’re interested in and what careers you’re considering post-graduation, the BA degree in Professional Writing and Editing or the BS degree in Scientific and Technical Writing will improve the writing and communication skills that employers value.
When choosing between the BA degree in Professional Writing and Editing or the BS degree in Scientific and Technical Writing, individuals typically consider the path that most closely matches their future plans. The BA degree is well suited to students who are interested in the needs of an increasingly global society and want to make a difference as writers or editors for nonprofits, government agencies, and other professions. The BA’s emphasis on rhetorical, cultural, and linguistic competencies also prepares students for advanced academic work in a range of fields, including the humanities and legal studies. The BS degree is well suited to students who have an interest in science, healthcare, or technology and want to pursue professional careers where they convey complex topics clearly to the public. The BS degree also prepares students for the writing and research skills they need for advanced academic work.
Students who earn a degree in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences must complete the University requirements, the College requirements for their specific degree program, and their major requirements. Both the BA in Professional Writing and Editing and the BS in Scientific and Technical Writing are SpeakWrite certified programs.
“I think my favorite aspect is getting to learn about research while helping scientists become aware of what the SRF has to offer through my writing. I’m really grateful for the experience.” — Kasey Osborne