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The Professional Writing Program's Learning Objectives

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Dr. Laurie Grobman instructing a class

The Professional Writing program has seven primary learning objectives. We accomplish these through a strong curriculum that is revised and updated on a regular basis, knowledgeable and dedicated professors, and bright, motivated peers. In addition, we offer several meaningful learning experiences and opportunities inside and outside the classroom that enhance your learning and professional preparation (click on the links to on the left to read about these opportunities). 

Objective 1: Students will develop a comprehensive understanding of the theories and practice of language use.

Objective 2: Students will demonstrate advanced critical thinking skills, inclusive of information literacy across a range of print and electronic genres.

Objective 3: Students will demonstrate sophisticated rhetorical abilities and rhetorical flexibility.

Objective 4: Students will be able to communicate to diverse audiences in a variety of contexts and genres. 

Objective 5: Students will be prepared for a wide range of writing-related careers or graduate programs.

Objective 6: Students will have the ability to use, analyze, and learn communication technologies.

Objective 7: Students will develop exceptional textual, visual, and verbal communication abilities.

Faculty Teaching in the Professional Writing Program

Mr. Terry Baker, B.S., M.A., Lecturer 

Ms. Jayne Relaford Brown, B.A., M.A., M.F.A., Lecturer

Dr. Laurie Grobman, B.A., M.S., M.A. Ph.D., Associate Professor

Dr. Ray Mazurek, B.A., M.A. Ph.D., Associate Professor

Dr. Holly Ryan, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Dr. Jeanne Marie Rose, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Associate Professor

Dr. Christian Weisser, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Associate Professor

Kesha Whitaker, M.F.A., Lecturer

To request information about the Professional Writing program, please go to our online Request Information Form.

For more information about the program, contact Dr. Christian Weisser, Program Coordinator, by phone (610-396-6416) or by e-mail: crw17@psu.edu.

For admissions information, contact the Berks Admissions Office at 610-396-6060.