This major develops skills in creative and professional writing. Majors study trends in creative writing and the dynamic evolution of contemporary writing. They learn the distinctions between literary and popular forms of writing, as well as between accessible and experimental modes of writing. The honing of analytical skills is matched with an emphasis on the writing process.
In both creative and professional writing classes, editing, critiquing and providing constructive feedback on manuscripts is emphasized. Students also master methodologies of different rhetorical situations, different modes of writing in journalism, public relations and business and technical writing. Best practices, ethical and professional issues, and industry standards that are introduced in major classes are reinforced and developed through internships.