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  • Author Your Future Career with a Writing Degree from Gannon University

    Writing is a versatile skillset that can lead you to careers in any field. Gannon’s writing program will teach you to analyze and articulate complex ideas, engage with literary works, and develop content for print and digital platforms as you connect with a community of like-minded writers and future authors, editors and publishers. Begin your career narrative in Gannon’s writing program to earn a career in copy editing, publishing, journalism, professional and technical writing, public relations, marketing, teaching, law and more.

    • Tailor your academic experience to your professional interests and aspirations.
    • Pursue a second major option to gain knowledge of a particular discipline to complement your writing abilities.
    • Learn from faculty who bring strong academic background in writing as well as rich professional and industry experience. 

    Learn to Lead the Way in Writing

    • Demonstrate effective writing and speaking skills.
    • Analyze and critically interpret writing for a multicultural audience.
    • Connect writing with technology, oral communication, and a multi-cultural understanding through program curriculum and projects.
    • Hone your creativity to become a best-selling author, editor, or publisher.  

    Experience an Exceptional Learning Environment

    • Contribute to Gannon-produced publications including the nationally recognized Totem literary magazine and The Gannon Knight campus newspaper.
    • Participate in workshops and readings along with nationally recognized award-winning writers and poets.
    • Develop your career through internship opportunities, experiential learning and tailored career planning resources.

    Major in Writing

    Students can tailor the major to fit their interests and professional goals by choosing to focus on the following concentrations:

    • Creative Writing: For students interested in multimedia writing, scriptwriting, or publishing.
    • Professional Writing: For students interested in pursing a career in web writing, content development, advertising, copywriting, grant writing, and so on. 

    For more detailed course descriptions and degree requirements, visit the Undergraduate Catalogue page.

    Minor in Writing

    A minor in Writing consists of 15 hours beyond the first-year writing course, ENGL 101. In addition to courses in Advanced Composition and Business/Professional Writing, students can select from a range of writing-focused courses that suit their academic and professional interest. 

    This self-designed minor is a wonderful complement to many majors in both Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields and humanities fields. A minor in Writing provides an opportunity to hone essential academic and professional skills, including critical analysis and writing.

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    Inspire Your Academic Success

    Gain real-world knowledge through key writing courses including:

    Creative Writing: Practice the techniques and principles of writing poetry, short fiction and nonfiction.

    Writing in Digital Environments: Develop writing and design skills for web-based environments such as social media.

    Writing for Social Change: Analyze and compose texts that advance causes for social change and justice.

    Achieve Your Possibilities

    Students will gain a high-quality education that enables success in the rigors of graduate school or a future profession. Through an array of program opportunities, you can:

    • Secure valuable internship placements with local Fortune 500 companies or other major organizations across the country.
    • Gain essential training in writing for digital platforms, social media, news media and more to enhance your career marketability.
    • Enter into a writing-related career field that is expected to grow at a rate of 11% per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  
Nathan Bly

Nathan Bly English

"I wouldn’t be where I am today if I never learned how to write with the precision and skills taught by Gannon’s professors."

  • Receive hands-on learning through real-world courses, projects and valuable internship experiences that prepare you to become a professional in the field.
  • 13:1Enjoy a personalized experience inspired by Gannon’s faculty experts and a low student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1.
  • Apply for generous financial aid packages and scholarship awards.