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Department of English & Literature
English—Writing Concentration
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Department of English & Literature

English—Writing Concentration


  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Undergraduate

125 credits

required for program

125 credits

125 credits

required for program

The English major with a concentration in writing prepares you for a career in technical writing, publishing, and freelancing. While laying the foundation for further graduate study.

English with a concentration in writing may be the right degree for you if you

  • enjoy reading and writing
  • have a passion for words
  • are interested in a career with various writing possibilities

Why study English with a concentration in writing at Northwestern?

As a UNW student, you'll have the opportunity to pursue the types of writing that interest you most. Led by professors who are Christian writers, you’ll build a portfolio of creative and professional texts.

As an English major, you’ll be able to assist professors with research, tutor students, join the editorial staff of Inkstone (Northwestern's literary magazine), and attend the Northwestern Christian Writer’s Conference.

Our alumni have been accepted into graduate programs across the nation. Including Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, University of Saint Thomas, University of Minnesota-Duluth, and University of Arizona.

What will I learn?

You will learn to analyze, think critically, and develop effective written and verbal communication skills.

My degree has been a springboard, launching me into a career in technical writing. The skills and knowledge I gained as a student are tools that I still rely on today, and the knowledge base built during my college years has been a solid foundation, enabling me to specialize in the medical industry.
Carrie

Careers in writing

There are a variety of career and academic pathways that begin with a degree in English with a concentration in writing.

What types of work are related to this degree?

  • Creative writing
  • Grant and proposal writing
  • Technical writing and editing
  • Media and journalism
  • Publishing
  • Curriculum development
  • Copywriting
  • Public relations
  • Teaching (Non-licensure)
  • Law/unions
  • Research
  • Editing
  • Corporate communication
  • Journalist
  • Legal transcription
  • Freelance writing/consulting

Who employs people with this degree?

  • Universities and colleges
  • Consulting firms
  • Publishers
  • Small-to-mid size businesses
  • Mid-to-large size businesses
  • Law firms
  • Newspapers
  • Technical industries
  • Magazines
  • Libraries
  • Public relations firms
  • Non-profits
  • Self-employed/freelance
  • Educational publishing
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Preparing for a Career

College graduation rates continue to increase each year making competition for jobs even greater. Set yourself apart from the crowd with the following strategies for getting started, networking, and gaining experience.

Strategies for success:

  • Develop a specialty area of interest via additional coursework and/or work experience for greater marketability within that specific career field.
  • For fields such as technical writing, finance writing, legal writing or other specific areas of writing, research the needed education and/or professional certifications.
  • Consider cultivating other career opportunities to supplement a freelance writing income.
  • Experience is key! Seek out any opportunity (paid or unpaid) to write so you can gain experience, network and build a solid portfolio.
  • An English major with a writing concentration can be good preparation for graduate or professional training in areas such as English, law, political science, religious studies, etc.

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