Learn how to craft stories with real impact, communicate in engaging ways, and produce professional-quality publications.
“To be an English major means you are interested in stories. Most of the way we understand the world around us is in terms of stories, so being able to understand how stories are structured, and being able to put information into stories, is really critical.” Professor Beth Quitslund, Ohio University
The Professional Writing concentration provides students with the enduring communicative skills needed to navigate in a dynamic world. You will learn to be great storytellers who understand how to write for different mediums, diverse audiences, multiple genres, and know what it takes to produce award-winning publications.
English majors at Fitchburg State University have gone on to work in writing, publishing, journalism, marketing, content development, public relations, science communication, technical editing, and entertainment.
For more information about the English Studies department, its faculty, and the many opportunities we offer our students, visit the English Studies Department
Our Students and Graduates
Tenzin Dhakpa ’20, Digital Content Specialist, MilliporeSigma
Kurtis Kendall '21 Marketing Associate, TechTarget
Curriculum and Other Information
- BA, Professional Writing Concentration, English Studies - Program information from the University Catalog.
- BS, Professional Writing Concentration, English Studies - Program information from the University Catalog.
- Four-Year Plans of Study - Required and elective courses for program completion.
Professional Writing Concentration Learning Outcomes:
- Students will be able to develop writing skills needed to address diverse audiences.
- Students will be able to engage with the process and the products of other writers.
- Students will be able to analyze rhetorical situations.
- Students will be able to create and edit professional products in various genres.
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