Writing, minor

Program Overview

Are your heroes novelists and poets? Do you revel in creating worlds, telling stories, and finding the precise word you need to get your point across? A minor in writing will allow you to pursue your passion for written communication and prepare for a lifetime of meaningful work.

You will gain creative and advanced writing and editorial skills for the full gamut of careers that need great writers. Additionally, you'll read literature from classical to post-modern times, and approach literary works from a variety of theoretical perspectives to develop critical writing skills.

PLNU's writing professors have an in-depth understanding of this dynamic field, and all of them are published writers. Our faculty have been published in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The San Diego Union-Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, and Boston Magazine, and literary journals such as First Things, Fairy Tale Review, The International Poetry Review, New Letters, Poet Lore, So to Speak, and Verse Daily. Department faculty have received book awards and major national grants, including several from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Fellowship Grant, and the Del Amo Foundation.

Dr. Karl Martin

God’s Grace and the Gift of the Literary Arts

Dr. Karl Martin on the power of literature and his Christian faith.

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For most students, the transition into college life is one full of adjustments. There is the excitement of newfound freedoms, but also some uncertainty as you begin to make choices and take responsibility for your own future. 

At PLNU, we’re committed to supporting you — academically, professionally, spiritually, personally — so that you may be successful both in your time as a student and beyond. That’s why we offer a holistic support system that focuses on your unique experiences, particular needs, and personal and professional goals — resulting from our deep concern for you, our student.

With a focus on authentic relationships and personalized attention, our goal is to help transform you so you can follow your calling in your own career and life.

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Career Opportunities

Whether you're communicating in poetry, fiction, essay, practical persuasive writing, or emails, writing as a craft is an invaluable skill. Virtually all employers, from science and business to the fine and practical arts, are clamoring for good writers.

A minor in writing can help lead to careers in the following:

  • Technical writing
  • Copy Editing
  • Ad Copywriting
  • Journalism
  • Academia
  • Teaching
  • Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • SEO