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What will I learn?

Professional Writing and Communication (PWC) is an interdisciplinary undergraduate program that combines the scholarly rigour of the liberal arts with hands-on professional industry training. PWC provides students with a theoretical foundation in narrative and rhetoric and practical expertise in a range of written and visual expressions and modalities. PWC treats communication as interdisciplinary and socially situated.

The PWC curriculum grows out of research grounded in anthropology, philosophy, psychology, sociology, linguistics and literature. Students examine the way written and oral communication works in professional, academic, artistic, personal and public settings.

The program's curriculum emphasizes the multicultural, multi-modal and team-oriented character of a professional writing practice that corresponds to technological and cultural shifts of our contemporary world. Seminars and workshop-style classes give PWC students experience with cross-cultural communications and research-based writing in six different streams:

  • Science & Communication
  • Technical & Digital Writing & Editing
  • Creative Non-Fiction
  • Financial Writing
  • Narrative & Critical Writing
  • Professional Practice

PWC students learn to:

  • Identify the subtle distinctions and complex variations that affect communication including the language and grammatical structures that affect meaning
  • Select and creatively use appropriate new media technologies/modalities for communicating
  • Recognize the positionality and importance of their own written voice
  • Identify effective narrative and/or rhetorical strategies for specific communities and contexts
  • Apply core principles and theories of narrative and rhetoric to communication practices, including writing and presentations
  • Produce high-production value narrative documentary media stories
  • Analyze and critique stories and arguments that deny or disguise subjectivity
  • Review, evaluate, and select authoritative and credible information sources
  • Apply knowledge of language and dynamic prose to solve communication problems and effectively engage the reader(s)/listener(s)
  • Critically read, edit, and assess professional writing and editing practices across a range of discourses and diverse fields
  • Promote and maintain ethical practices and integrity in all forms of communication
  • Identify career paths and/or further studies within professional writing and communications

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts and Science

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$59,320.00 (US$ 43,017) per year
Start date

9 January 2023

Venue

Mississauga Campus (UTM)

3359 Mississauga Road North,

MISSISSAUGA,

Ontario (ON),

L5L 1C6, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

English Language Requirements: International English Language Testing System (IELTS): The minimum requirement is an overall band of 6.5, with no band below 6.0. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): The minimum scores required for the different TOEFL tests are: Internet-based Test: Minimum Requirement: total score of 100 + 22 on Writing; Discretionary Range: total score 89-99 + 22 on Writing. Cambridge Assessment English C1: Advanced or C2: Proficiency: A minimum overall score of 180, with at least 170 in each component. Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL): The minimum score required to meet our English facility requirement is an overall score of 70 and no part below 60. Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees (CanTEST): The minimum requirement is a total score of 4.5, and no part below 4.

For international students

Students from different countries should have qualifications equivalent to Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Six 4U/M courses, including:

  • English (ENG4U) or equivalent requirements

English language requirements

International English Language Testing System (IELTS): The minimum requirement is an overall band of 6.5, with no band below 6.0.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): The minimum scores required for the different TOEFL tests are:

Internet-based Test:

Minimum Requirement: total score of 100 + 22 on Writing

Discretionary Range: total score 89-99 + 22 on Writing

Cambridge Assessment English C1: Advanced or C2: Proficiency: A minimum overall score of 180, with at least 170 in each component.

Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL): The minimum score required to meet our English facility requirement is an overall score of 70 and no part below 60.

Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees (CanTEST): The minimum requirement is a total score of 4.5, and no part below 4.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

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