Professional Writing & Rhetoric (PWR)



Lindeman, NeilNeil Lindeman
Phone: (415) 405-0493
Office: Humanities 423






The Technical and Professional Writing (TPW) program has been redesigned and renamed to the Professional Writing and Rhetoric (PWR) for student beginning in Fall 2019 or after.


Professional writers are in demand to link ideas, technologies and products with people who need to understand those developments or to use them. San Francisco State University’s TPW/PWR program can prepare you for that critical communications role through major, minor and certificate programs.

Professional writers work in almost every field of industry and public life, including high-technology industries, business, government and research and nonprofit organizations. These career writers not only write and edit many types of documents in different media, but they also sometimes manage documentation and communication projects.

To be best prepared for success in such work, you will need to start with strong writing skills, then learn how to adapt them for the workplace and for changing technologies and employment needs. You will also need an intellectual framework for continuing professional growth and responsibility throughout your career.

As a TPW/PWR student you will combine writing courses — which expose you to workplace writing forms, methods and issues — with interdisciplinary electives that further develop related communications skills and attitudes. You also can target a potential employment interest: if you are a major, you will choose a specialized concentration (your subject matter focus); if you earn a minor or certificate, you can use writing studies to complement your education and experience in other fields.

After completing the TPW/PWR program, you can begin your writing career with important accomplishments and advantages: an academic degree or certificate in the field, improved and focused skills, an understanding of professional expectations for writers and a portfolio of relevant writing samples.

Note: Technical and professional writing major, minor and certificate students must earn at least a C or better in all courses that count towards the degree or certificate.

Students Starting Fall 2019: Requirements & Courses

  • Core Requirements (24 Units)
  • Concentration Requirements (21 Units)
    • Required Courses (9 units)
      • ENG 540 - Professional Editing (3 units)
      • ENG 545 - Visual Rhetoric and Document Design (3 units)
      • ENG 618 - Individual and Team Writing (3 units)
    • Electives (9 units) [Select three:]
      • ENG 200 - Writing Practices in Professional Contexts (3 units)
      • ENG 470 - Writing Professional Promotions (3 units)
      • ENG 471 - Writing Technical Documentation (3 units)
      • ENG 490 - Grant Writing (3 units)
      • ENG 585 - Professional Writing for Digital Audiences (3 units)
      • Other courses with the approval of an advisor. 
    • Capstone Experience (3 units)
      • ENG 695 - Internship in Professional Writing and Rhetoric (3 units)

Review the current Bulletin for further information. 

Continuing Majors (Pre-Fall 2019): Requirements & Courses

Technical and Professional Writing (B.A.) — 45 units

Courses are 3 units unless otherwise indicated.

Culminating Experience must be completed during one of the semesters of the student’s final (senior) year.

Review the 2018-2019 Bulletin for further information.


Important Note: All TPW courses will now have an ENG prefix. Please see the Course Classification Guide for more info, and see the program advisor Neil Lindeman to make sure you know what classes you need.

Former TPW Prefix Courses

New English Prefix Courses

TWP 200: Writing Practices in Professional Contexts

ENG 200: Writing Practices in Professional Contexts

TPW 400 GW: Fundamentals of Technical and Professional Writing - GWAR

ENG 400GW: Fundamentals of Technical and Professional Writing - GWAR

TWP 470: Writing Professional Promotions

ENG 470: Writing Professional Promotions

TWP 480: Writing Technical Documentation

ENG 471: Writing Technical Documentation

TPW 490: Grantwriting

ENG 490: Grantwriting

TPW 550: Professional Editing

ENG 540: Professional Editing

TPW 555: Visual Rhetoric and Document Design

ENG 545: Visual Rhetoric and Document Design

TPW 585: Technical Writing Online

ENG 585: Technical Writing Online

TPW 600: Individual and Team Writing

ENG 618: Individual and Team Writing

TPW 695: Internship in Technical and Professional Writing

ENG 695: Internship in Technical and Professional Writing



We are always more than happy to provide you with advising about your course of study and career planning. However, you should definitely seek advising during the semester you enter the program. At this session, we will set up an advising worksheet for your file. The focus of this session will be on reviewing program requirements, discussing your career interests and identifying a tentative schedule and electives.


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