In 1984, Senior Professor Sandi Harner proposed that the Department of Language and Literature offer a technical writing program. One year later, Cedarville College offered the minor in Professional Writing, which consisted of five classes totaling 19 credit hours. The Professional Writing minor became a major in 1992, which Professor Harner renamed as the Technical and Professional Communication major in 1999. Professor Harner developed new courses for the major and also included an internship requirement. In 2011, the Professional Writing and Information Design major moved to the Department of Media and Applied Communications. Cedarville hired Nicholas Carrington as a new professor in the major, and he began his work as an Instructor in the fall of 2012.