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The Program

The Professional Writing and English Studies program is a 21st century update to one of higher education's most popular majors.

Do you love to read and write?  Are you unsure how to take that love and make it a career? This program is here to help. Practical, hands-on courses teach students to do the kind of writing businesses need: effective websites, well-designed technical documents, convincing proposals, and more. More traditional literature courses provide students with excellent training for graduate school and with the skills of close reading, analysis, and argumentation that are essential in a world dominated by electronic text.

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The Experience

This isn't your high school English class. In Professional Writing and English Studies you take solid theoretical preparation and learn how to use it in hands-on situations.

In literature and creative writing courses, students will read intensely and discuss literature at a deep, analytical level. Those skills are then applied across courses in poetry, fiction, drama, film, video games, and graphic novels to develop a portfolio of original work that will make them competitive for graduate school. While taking coursework in Technical and Professional Writing, students practice what they learn in class and by working for Trine's literary journal, Inscriptions, writing for the department website, and promoting departmental events like the Humanities Symposia and Overlooked Film Festival. Students interested in graduate study or teaching can also work in the university's Writing Center tutoring fellow students.

The Results

Professional Writing and English Studies majors lead, succeed, and thrive in their careers. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for technical writers is growing at a higher than average pace and their median yearly income is $65,500.  Recent studies have shown that humanities majors earn as much or more over their careers as science, technology, engineering and math majors, mostly because humanities majors go to graduate school in greater numbers. This program specifically prepares you for that graduate school path.