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Professional Writing and Rhetoric, B.A.

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  • 48 months
University rank #353 (BCR) Waco, TX, United States
Professional Writing and Rhetoric (PWR) at Baylor University prepares students to become effective communicators in diverse environments, for diverse disciplines, in a variety of workplaces and careers, and in a range of media. The major emphasizes a rhetorical approach to writing, where the audience, purpose, and context of writing are studied.
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As a PWR major, students work closely with faculty to determine their areas of interest and the PWR degree plan is flexible enough so that it can be tailored to an individual's interest or to prepare an individual for a particular career. Our major aims to help students become lifelong learners who will use writing throughout their lives in public, personal, and civic arenas.

Professional Writing graduates work in a variety of jobs, including government, publishing, industry, education, or the non-profit sector. They may work as writers, editors, and researchers on a range of texts--both print and multimedia: reports, proposals, press releases, brochures, manuals, films, newsletters, novels, social media marketing, and web documents. They may also become screenwriters, nonfiction writers, creative writers, or technical writers. Many graduates of Professional Writing go on to graduate school or professional schools such as law or medicine.

The PWR major includes courses in composition, technical and professional writing, editing, digital writing, grammar, creative nonfiction, and literature. Professional Writing majors also complete an internship for course credit during their junior or senior year, an experience that our graduates view as vital to getting (and keeping) a job. By the end of their senior year, PW majors will have compiled both print and digital portfolios that highlights their talents, skills, and interests and that they will use to go on the job market.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Technical Writing
  • Argumentative and Persuasive Writing
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Literacy Studies
  • Women’s Writing and Rhetoric

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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General Requirements

  • Certified documentation of all secondary schools, colleges or universities attended
  • Certified documentation of exit examination scores or leaving certificate (required for International Freshmen & Transfer students only)
  • Official SAT 1 and/or ACT scores (required for International Freshmen only)
  • Documentation of English Proficiency

Tuition Fee

  • International

    39610 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 39610 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    39610 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 39610 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Waco

  • 857 - 1590 USD/month
    Living Costs

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