Why choose a major in writing?
The LJML writing major is for students who consider writing an important part of their lives. Most have written for pleasure since elementary or middle school. They may as individuals specialize in poetry, fiction, essay, or practical persuasive writing, but all recognize writing as a craft and learn to cross genres whenever appropriate. Virtually all employers, from science to business to the fine and practical arts, are clamoring for good writers.
A writing major can lead to careers as:
- Freelance Writers
- Technical Writers
- Copy Editors
- Ad Copywriters
- College Professors
- High School Teachers
- Public Relations Specialists
- SEO Managers
Student Publications, Internships and Scholarships
Writing majors may elect to do honors projects, which involve extensive research as well as extended writing efforts. These projects are excellent preparation for graduate school MA, MFA and Ph.D. programs and are often a springboard to major projects like novels, poetry collections and full-length screenplays.
The writing lab courses - WRI215 (Newspaper), WRI216 (Literary Magazine), and WRI217 (Yearbook) - provide hands-on experience in editing and production of campus publications.
Internships are an important part of the writing major. Usually in the senior year, majors are placed according to their interests with magazines, newspapers, publishing houses, literary agents and businesses where they learn hands-on how to bridge the gap between education and employment. During the course of the internship, students put together a portfolio of their work to show potential employers, and intern supervisors provide internees with letters of recommendation.
Department scholarships are available to writing majors in the junior and senior years based on grades, need and faculty recommendations.
- Kris Golsan Hoyt Memorial Scholarship—Journalism/Writing
- Merriman Memorial Scholarship—Broadcast Journalism/Writing
- Blunt Scholarship—Literature/Writing/Journalism