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  • Professional Writing

    Professional writing majors work on real products for real clients in their courses. Students learn how to balance client and audience needs, assess and meet the conventions of professional genres, and successfully create a portfolio of writing samples to demonstrate their knowledge.

    Work Program Opportunities

    • Sports Information
    • Public Relations
    • Blackburn’s writing center
    • The ’Burnian
    • Institutional Research

    Awards and Prizes

    • Talent-Based Scholarships
    • Beginning Scholar Awards
    • Excellence in the Major Awards
    • Louise Allen Creative Writing Awards
    • Student Journalism Awards
    • Stoddard Prize for Literature
    • Asbury Prize for Journalism
    • First Year Writing Awards

    Portfolio

    Graduates leave with a thorough portfolio of professional writing documents, including their independent senior seminar project.

    Internship

    Coordinated by program faculty and the Career Services Office, internships provide additional application of course content in an off-campus professional environment.

    Career Opportunities

    • Technical and Corporate Communications
    • Publishing/Editing
    • Instructional Design
    • Public Relations
    • Advertising
    • Legal Writing
    • Sports Writing

    Student Testimonials

    “My undergraduate coursework reinforced the fundamentals of professional writing by applying them to various industries and software competencies. In the post-graduation job search, my class projects became critical portfolio pieces that demonstrated my learned abilities. As a Content Producer with the Chicago e-learning company NogginLabs, Inc., I constantly exercise the principles I learned in school—both those about writing and professionalism in general.”

    Katie Ward, Class of 2014
    Content Producer, NogginLabs, Inc.

    “I had a part time job as a sports writer before I started going to Blackburn, but what I learned from the Communications and Professional Writing coursework helped me to hone my skills and eventually move into a full time position at that same paper. Then, after graduating, I was able to take my degree and get a job as the sports editor at a paper in Missouri.”

    Jason Farmer, Class of 2013
    Sports Editor of the Hannibal Courier-Post

    Requirements

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    Electives
    Two courses from any 200, 300 and/or 400 level Literature (EN) courses.
    Nine hours from the following (three of which must have a WR prefix):











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