Professional Writing Major

Do you have aspirations to break into the professional writing world one day?
Then the Professional Writing major is perfect for you!

What is it?

The Professional Writing major is a multidisciplinary major combining coursework in English, journalism, marketing, public relations and web content management

A recent addition to Northwestern's academic line-up, this major prepares students to become communication professionals who are able to write in several professional, organizational, and media venues.

What kinds of writing could I do?

Professional Writing includes a vast pool of writing styles and purposes, some of which lean towards the more creative side and others that reach to the practical side.

Here are a few examples of the writing that you'll be practicing:

  • Technical Writing
  • Grant Writing
  • Online Writing
  • Copywriting
  • Creative Writing

How will this prepare me for a professional writing career?

You’ll receive personal mentoring from an academic advisor who will help recognize your strengths and guide and encourage you to pursue your goals. To help develop your skills, you will be able to participate in at least two workshops and professional experiences.

Every class you take will contribute to your overall skills by allowing you to practice professional writing in each class.

The major also allows you to accumulate your polished writing samples in a professional portfolio so that you'll be ready to present your professional writing skills at any interview you go to!

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What classes will I take?

  • Business Communication
  • Investigative Journalism
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Persuasive Writing
  • Publication Production
  • Writing for Mass Media
  • Writing for Organizations

What can I do with this major?

  • Advertising/Marketing Specialist
  • Communications Specialist
  • Copywriter
  • Editor/Proofreader
  • Freelance Writer
  • Grant Writer
  • Online Communications Coordinator
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Social Media Coordinator