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Champlain's Bachelor of Science program in Professional Writing is one of the few undergraduate writing programs that's keeping pace with and advancing this ever-morphing field.
If you want a career as a writer, you'll need a solid foundation in the mechanics of good writing and editing, a storyteller's gift for narrative, a poet's eye for detail, and a desire to take your talents to places you've always believed they can travel and some you've yet to discover. The Professional Writing program offers multiple levels of courses in fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry, as do traditional degrees in English. What's different about the Professional Writing degree at Champlain?
You'll be introduced to a range of forms and styles of writing that will expand your writing abilities and your marketability: Choose electives from Reading and Writing in Genre; Transmedia Storytelling to Writing Children's Literature; Songwriting; Playwriting; Reading and Writing in the Wilderness; Magazine Publishing and many others.
You can also take career-focused courses in grant writing, technical writing, copy editing and publishing. No matter what type of writing you want to pursue, the Professional Writing program will prepare you to thrive as a writer with skills, abilities and perspectives applicable in a multitude of careers.
As a Professional Writing major, you will choose to specialize your degree in one of three required, eight-course specializations:
Whichever specialization you choose, you'll be able to supplement your learning and increase your skill set by taking courses from all three specializations and from electives across the Professional Writing Curriculum and other Champlain College programs.
In addition to the required specializations, students in the Professional Writing major can further customize their degree with an optional specialization.
Through Champlain's Upside-Down Curriculum, you'll take program-specific courses in your first year. In addition to your required specialization, you'll be able to customize your degree by taking courses outside the program in graphic design or web development, and you can choose to pursue a minor in multiple fields.
You'll take professional practices courses that will enhance your digital presence on numerous social media platforms; prepare your cover letter, résumé and portfolio for the job market; strategize your career plans and develop professional contacts; take courses in marketing and public relations so you can promote yourself; and navigate ethical and legal issues in the profession. You'll work closely with your academic advisor to ensure that you get the most from your time at Champlain.
Professional Writing faculty members aren't just professors—they're dedicated writers, published authors, poets, bloggers and journalists who gained their expertise by working in the fields they're now teaching. Meet our Professional Writing faculty.
The Center for Publishing (CFP) offers you the opportunity to work on creative, innovative projects in traditional and indie print and digital publishing. CFP also blogs regularly about the publishing industry, offers training and workshops that cover multiple aspects of literary life, and produces a variety of books, magazines and digital projects. CFP offers many internship opportunities, too. Learn more about CFP.
Almost all Professional Writing students have had work published or performed by graduation. In addition to the Center for Publishing, you can get involved and take internships in student-run writing and publishing ventures on campus, such as Willard & Maple literary magazine; The Weathervane, the Division of Communication & Creative Media's academic magazine; and The Crossover news and arts zine, the publishing arm of the Journalism specialization.
Professional Writing students take multiple, for-credit internships. You'll gain hands-on, professional experience in fields as divergent as electronic media writing, marketing, business, web writing, press releases and profile writing, journalism, politics and many others. Explore past internships.
In addition to studying at Champlain's campuses in Montreal, Canada and Dublin, Ireland, Professional Writing students have spent semesters in Argentina, Tibet, Nepal, New Zealand, Israel, Italy, France, England, Spain, Australia, Portugal, Bosnia and India. Learn about study abroad options.
Professional Writing graduates are now managing editors, freelance journalists, magazine editors/publishers, technical writers, production assistants, content developers, copywriters, marketers, bloggers, social media writers and freelance writers, among many more fields across the country and around the world.