Professional Writing Concentration, English Studies, BA/BS

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English Studies
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In Short

Study courses in journalism, technical writing, or creative writing and submit independent work to our literary magazines and the campus newspaper.

Program Overview

Students with an interest in professional writing can take courses in journalism, creative writing, and technical writing – among many others – that will prepare them for the job market and expand their creativity. All English majors interested in writing may submit independent work to the department’s literary journal, Rt. 2, or to the campus newspaper, The Point. Students can also join an ongoing peer writing group or work with a faculty member on a unique writing project. Members of the English Club can help put on a poetry slam, get together to see a play in Boston or Worcester, help someone learn to read, or start up a new publication.

During the senior year, students are encouraged to participate in a professional writing internship that can enhance job prospects upon graduation.

Because the abilities and knowledge gained as an English major have such broad applications, career choices after graduation are almost unlimited. English majors at Fitchburg State University have continued their studies in graduate programs in literature, education, creative writing, library science, and counseling, and several have been accepted to law school programs.

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Experiential Opportunities

Student Publications

Whether you're looking to write fiction for our literary journal, contribute to the student newspaper, or develop lifestyle content for one of our other publications, there's so many ways to get involved.
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Study Abroad

Faculty-led study abroad course opportunities increase student life-transforming experiences, as do student/faculty cooperative research projects.
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Internships are a great opportunity to get valuable, real-world experiences before entering a competitive job market.
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Curriculum and Other Information

The English Studies program provides students: a) knowledge of the variety of literary and cultural texts in English; b) in-depth understanding of diverse cultural, literary, rhetorical, and pedagogical traditions; c) skills in reading, writing, speaking, critical thinking, and research; and d) ample opportunity for hands-on experience in literary analysis, professional and creative writing, teaching, and scholarship to prepare students for personal and professional success.

English Studies trains students to become empathetic, innovative, and critical thinkers, readers, writers, creators, and teachers.

English Studies Department Shared Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will be able to read and understand texts across genres, cultures, and periods. Students will be able to write in various forms.
  • Students will be able to critically analyze texts and contexts.
  • Students will be able to communicate their perspectives and ideas.
  • Students will be able to apply their skills in distinct settings.

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.