Optional Specializations

Focused Areas of Study For Professional Writing Majors

You can tailor your Professional Writing major to gain a high degree of specific, marketable technical expertise.

Specializations are an optional part of your Professional Writing major and may be taken in tandem with other elective Professional Writing courses and/or a minor. Your faculty advisor in the Division of Communication & Creative Media will help you map out the best academic path to reach your desired career and/or graduate studies goals.


Specializations in the Professional Writing Major

  • The specialization in Journalism will teach the fundamental skills of both print and online journalism, including proper interview techniques, meeting deadlines, and researching in the three primary types of narrative form: news, features, and news-features.
  • The specialization in Screenwriting will place you in intensive screenwriting courses are part seminar, part writing workshop—which include viewing and critiquing films and screenplays, as well as discussing screenplays and your own work in progress.
  • The specialization in Publishing will equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to join the next generation's leaders in publishing.

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