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Home > University Resources > Student Services > Writing Programs > Writing Majors or Minors

Some day you’ll write for a living.
We can help you prepare today at Madonna University.

How do you see yourself as a writer?

Are you passionate, expressive, imaginative? Would you find fulfillment in writing fiction, poetry, song lyrics, plays, TV or movie scripts that touch the hearts of others or cause them to reflect on life’s challenges?

Perhaps instead you see yourself as the practitioner of a craft requiring precision and skill. You find satisfaction in writing Web content, instructions, manuals, brochures—documents that give practical information to users.

Maybe you have your own unique vision of a professional writer’s attributes.  No matter; what’s important is your reason for reading this page in the first place: chances are, you already identify yourself as a writer.

For students who enjoy writing and plan either to write for a living or add a credential that will broaden their employment opportunities, Madonna University offers writing majors and minors. The Writing Major or Minor (General) provides a broad overview that allows students to explore the field. It is designed for students preparing to be fiction or nonfiction writers and editors or professionals in other fields that demand significant writing skills. The Professional and Technical Writing Major or Minor focuses on practical nuts-and-bolts writing for industries and corporations. It is designed for students who will work for such employers as businesses with a Web presence, software publishers, computer systems designers, consulting services, healthcare businesses, architectural firms, etc. The PTW program also offers a post-baccalaureate Certificate of Achievement for students who have already earned a degree and would like to add an area of expertise to their résumés.

Q: What are the advantages of Writing major or minor?

A: A writing degree or credential allows you to focus on specific courses that will provide you with the background you’ll need to begin a writing career. The plan of study you choose provides a balanced overview, while electives let you tailor the plan to meet your own individual goals. Having this degree can open doors to the kind of employment you seek after graduation.

Q: How is a writing major different from an English major?

A: At Madonna, the English Major is offered through the Department of Language and Literature. Its focus is on the study of literature and literary criticism. Students who plan to teach literature at the secondary level or plan to attend graduate school in English literature typically choose this major.

Our Writing Majors are offered through the Department of Communication and Writing. Courses are not designed specifically for educators, although understanding the composing process, strategies and techniques of effective writers is helpful for anyone who assigns written work.

Q:  I’m interested in a Writing major, but I’m not sure which one to choose, the general Writing Major or Professional and Technical Writing. How should I make a decision?

A: When you compare the two plans of study, you’ll notice that they overlap a bit. You can declare either major, take a few courses that can count toward either one, and get a better feel for the kind of writing you’ll want to do professionally. If you decide to switch from one major to the other, you won’t lose any credits.



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