Minor Application

Professional Writing Minor Application for 2022-2023


Application due date for the 2022-2023 academic year:

Friday, October 7th by 4:00pm 

Link to the Application Form

Please be sure to include all of the information requested on the form, including cover letter, resume, track preferences, writing samples for upload as PDFs, and assessement of writing samples.

Students interested in the Professional Writing Minor submit an application in the fall quarter of their senior year. Because the Minor has limited space and the application process is competitive, students should put together the application with care. Interested students should also make an appointment with the Writing Program Undergraduate Advisor, Audrey Youngblood, to discuss scheduling and academic eligibility.

If you have any additional questions, please email director of your desired track of the Minor:

Application Requirements for All Tracks:

  • Complete application on this google form;
  • A Cover letter, one to two pages, including the following information: 1) What are your professional goals? 2) What skills do you hope to develop in the Professional Writing Minor? 3) What tracks do you feel would help you develop these skills and why?  Attach the cover letter as a PDF or Docx file to this form. For more info on professional cover letters go to https://career.ucsb.edu/get-hired/cover-letters;
  • Track preferences (ranked).
  • Resume;
  • 3 Writing Samples and
  • Assessment of Writing Samples: Write a short reflection (250-300 words) that explains 1) the context of each writing sample, 2) which skills are showcased in these writing samples, 3) what skills you still hope to improve upon.
  • Please ensure that all materials are properly submitted on the application form.

All three writing samples combined should not exceed 15-20 pages total and should consist of work selected from a range of projects created for both class and non-academic work settings (i.e. jobs, internships, volunteer work, student organizations, etc.). Portions or excerpts of larger projects and electronic documents such as websites or PowerPoint slides are acceptable and recommended. Academic essays are acceptable for all tracks except Business Communication and Journalism


Email Audrey Youngblood at ayoungblood@hfa.ucsb.edu.

Interested in Joining the Professional Writing Minor? (pdf) this newsletter provides an in-depth overview of the Minor, tips on the application process, information on potential careers and more.