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Bachelor of Arts in English - Professional Writing

Proper writing is one of the most important skills to have in the modern workplace. In the English program with an emphasis on professional writing, you learn to study, analyze and compose for a diverse array of industries, including business, technical and scientific industries.

Why Study English – Professional Writing at St. Thomas?

This new program develops a strong foundation in rhetorical concepts, ethics, methods and genres of professional writing. You will learn how to write in a wide range of genres and media and in an array of organizational settings, including non-profit, grassroots, government and for-profit companies. You will explore how organizations communicate internally and externally, while learning how to improve the overall user experience. You graduate with a versatile skillset and equipped to write in a variety of settings.

Working Differently

  • Course Requirements
  • Four-Year Plan
  • Degrees Awarded
  • Service Learning
  • Course Requirements

    We will expose you to a wide range of professional writing courses, focusing on topics including analytical and persuasive writing, professional editing and visual rhetoric. You will complete additional coursework in diversity literature, creative writing and other English electives, giving you the flexibility to pursue classes matching your interests.

    Four-Year Plan

    We want you to pursue classes relevant to your interests. We have a sample four-year plan for you to get an idea of what a student’s career is like at St. Thomas in our program.

    Degrees Awarded

    Bachelor of Arts in English – Professional Writing

    Service Learning

    We place an emphasis on gaining practical experience. Because the focus of your writing takes place in organizations and communities, classes frequently have a service learning component or research project, allowing you to work with external partners to address real-world writing scenarios.

    Course Requirements

    Course Requirements

    We will expose you to a wide range of professional writing courses, focusing on topics including analytical and persuasive writing, professional editing and visual rhetoric. You will complete additional coursework in diversity literature, creative writing and other English electives, giving you the flexibility to pursue classes matching your interests.

    Four-Year Plan

    Four-Year Plan

    We want you to pursue classes relevant to your interests. We have a sample four-year plan for you to get an idea of what a student’s career is like at St. Thomas in our program.

    Degrees Awarded

    Degrees Awarded

    Bachelor of Arts in English – Professional Writing

    Service Learning

    Service Learning

    We place an emphasis on gaining practical experience. Because the focus of your writing takes place in organizations and communities, classes frequently have a service learning component or research project, allowing you to work with external partners to address real-world writing scenarios.

    St. Thomas faculty examine and critique each other's assignments

    Career Paths

    We give you the tools and knowledge you need to work in a variety of different industries after graduation.

    • Medical writer
    • Social media writer
    • Grant/proposal writer
    • Technical writer/editor
    • Content developer/manager
    • User experience (UX) designer

    Practical Skills Needed for the Real World

    We offer a diverse array of courses that develop your skills in various areas, allowing you to be more flexible in your work after graduating from St. Thomas.

    Well-Rounded

    Our program includes classes in creative writing, literature and a complementary elective outside of the English department.

    Experienced

    You gain practical experience in class through community partnerships, focusing on their communication needs.

    Topics

    We offer a range of classes that focus on topics like writing grants and proposals, business writing and writing for the sciences.

    What is Your Passion?

    Our students have the chance to study abroad, meet visiting writers and collaborate with faculty on research.

    STELAR

    The St. Thomas E-Learning and Research Center (STELAR) features technologies and workspaces for you to practice cutting-edge communication strategies for organizations.

    Center for Writing

    You can work in the Center for Writing helping fellow students learn crucial skills in writing and communication, providing a foundation for a career in professional writing.