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Professional Writing Major

Program Overview

The professional writing major marries the love of language with the practical writing skills essential in today’s workplace. With a combination of creative and professional proficiencies, you will enter the workforce with experience and keen insight in a broad array of written forms and styles. From poetry, fiction and nonfiction, to technical and business writing and communication, you will differentiate yourself across many career fields including nonprofit, content development and editing, publishing, and technical writing.

Program Concentrations

This program is made up of the following concentrations. Learn more about concentrations.

Concentration Overview

The practice of writing emphasizes the importance of critical thinking, reading, and expression as a means of understanding the past and present and thinking wisely about the future.

Concentration Overview

The study of effective writing and oral communication techniques for workplace environments prepares students to create and publish print, digital, and emerging forms of communication with a focus on cross-cultural communication and communication in professional settings.

Concentrations on this page are required for this program. Additional courses or concentrations may need to be added to meet program or credit requirements.

Program Coursework

The specific degree requirements on the website are for illustrative purposes and may change at any time. Please contact the Registrar's Office, Academic Advising or refer to the course catalog for detailed program requirements.

Liberal Arts Core

The Liberal Arts Core Curriculum is rooted in the Liberal Arts and our Franciscan heritage. It is designed to create a framework to develop knowledge, skills, and responsibilities necessary to educate students so that they will be prepared to contribute to the world guided by a concern for issues of justice and ethical behavior.

LEADERSHIP:  4 credits
  • Freshman Seminar (1 cr.)
  • Spiritual & Ethical Literacy (3 cr.) 
FOUNDATIONAL LITERACIES/SKILLS:  12 credits
  • Personal Branding Communication (3 cr.)
  • Writing for the 21st Century (3 cr.)*
  • Quantitative Problem Solving (3 cr.)*
  • Language & Culture (3 cr.)
*For ‘Writing for the 21st Century’ (English) and ‘Quantitative Problem Solving’ (Math), you may need additional courses depending on your placement.

CORE LITERACIES:  15 credits – Choose one (1) course from each broad theme. Course options can be found in the course catalog or on the academic advising page. Broad themes are:
  • Narratives of Identity       (3 cr.)
  • Science, Environment & Culture (3 cr.)   
  • Social Tensions (3 cr.)    
  • The American Experience (3 cr.)
  • Approving the Better Things (3 cr.)

Professional Core

Culminating Experience

Giving students a culminating experience as well as practical work experience, the Professional Core is a graduation requirement for every Stritch student in a bachelor’s degree program. This bachelor’s degree program includes completion of the Professional Core consisting of three courses:
  • Pre-Internship
  • Internship
  • Capstone
Contact admissions or the program faculty with questions about this program.

Admissions

Laura A. Misco

Chair - CAS - English|Faculty - English

CAS - EnglishCAS - English

lamisco@stritch.edu

(414) 410-4682