Knowing how to construct texts that appeal to different audiences is a critical skill for the 21st century. With the proliferation of online and accelerated communication, the ability to tell a story that engages and persuades an audience is more important than ever. A degree in writing can help you develop this ability.

As a writing major, you will have opportunities to develop storytelling skills in a wide variety of genres and media. Whether you are interested in connecting storytelling to traditional genres (academic, poetry, magazine, fiction, non-fiction) or to the latest writing technologies (document design software, content management systems), you can select courses that best prepare you for future professional careers.

Through a unique m­­odular curriculum that combines courses in professional, academic, and creative writing, you will learn how to create, shape, design, and share texts. These abilities will allow you to enter the world in a variety of careers. You can become a web writer, freelancer, document designer, magazine writer, editor, publisher, or technical writer, to name a few. The flexibility and the variety of courses offered lets you shape your educational experience and future professional identity.

Through our 42-credit B.A. or B.S. degree, our writing majors develop the skill set to:

  • Write fiction and non-fiction texts.
  • Develop and tailor content to both print and online media.
  • Work with the industry standard writing, design, and web software.
  • Collaborate with other writers, editors, subject matter experts, and designers to prepare content for publication.
  • Develop promotional materials to pitch and sell content.

You can find information about who we are, what we offer, and how to get involved using the links at the top of this page. Please contact us if we can assist in any way!

News and Events

Department Celebrates Graduating Seniors

The Department of Writing held its Annual Awards Ceremony on April 27, 2018.

Department is Hiring a Visiting Faculty for Business Communication

The Department of Writing seeks to fill a full-time (9-month) Visitor Faculty position beginning in August 2018 to teach courses in business communication.

Department is Hiring a Visiting Faculty

The Department of Writing seeks to fill a full-time (9-month) Visiting Faculty position beginning in August 2018.

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Fall Classes Begin

August 27, 2018 All Day

Welcome Event and Lunch

August 29, 2018 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

MyScholarships Deadline

March 1, 2019 All Day

Annual Writing Department Awards Ceremony 2019

April 26, 2019 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

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