Loyola University Maryland

Writing Department

About the Writing Department

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The Writing Department at Loyola offers one of the very few undergraduate writing majors in the country. Rather than learning how to write within the strict structures of a single discipline, our students can explore, study, and practice a wide variety of forms. 

There is a breadth to our department that few other programs can offer at the undergraduate level. Courses in rhetoric, professional writing, poetry, fiction, and nonfiction prose foster a balance of analysis, precision of language, and creativity not found within many disciplines.

The study of writing is distinctly different than the study of literature, philosophy, or history. Though these other disciplines also begin with closely reading a text, a student studying writing is focused on how these readings operate, what makes us love the language that engages us, and how to use these skills to hone our own communications. 

Moreover, knowing how to articulate one's self – knowing how to write – makes all the difference in one’s career and can separate the average from the exceptional in fields, such as law, medicine, or business.

Therefore, the Jesuit tradition of nurturing a curious, critical, and articulate mind is alive and well here. The Writing Department aims to cultivate discerning thoughts that deftly articulate the mind. We follow in the tradition that writing is the necessary scaffolding of such thinking – and that such thinking is the foundation to a rich and successful life.

Loyola's Baltimore setting provides wonderful opportunities for students to learn about influential writers and intern at leading publications like the Baltimore Sun. Students may also collaborate with local non-profit organizations and communities in courses offering service-learning.

Our graduates have gone on to become lawyers, book editors, magazine editors, newsletter editors, public relations liaisons, publishers, teachers, grant-writers, journalists, Web masters, professors, feature writers, and more.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Loyola Writing Department

Q: What Do Writing Majors Do?

A: Writing plays an important role in almost all careers. The writing major helps students develop their writing talents in various mediums (print, web, etc.) and prepares them for numerous professions and graduate school. Students can take a variety of courses, including fiction writing, poetry, non-fiction, writing for the web, technical writing, science writing, environmental writing, style, and rhetoric.

Q: What Abilities Do Writing Majors Develop and What Courses Can I Take?

A: Writing majors develop the following skills:

  • Writing
  • Editing/proofreading
  • Speaking/presenting
  • Publishing
  • Analyzing
  • Organizing
  • Designing (layout, web, audio-visual, etc., using industry standard technology: Adobe Suite, MS Suite, EyeGuide eye tracking, etc.)
  • Word processing

Q: Who Teaches Writing Courses?

A: Writing courses are taught by thoroughly dedicated professors who love to teach and who are active writers. Our faculty members are experienced in a wide range of writing areas, including the following:

  • Fiction and poetry
  • Non-fiction and essays
  • Publishing
  • Science and environmental writing
  • Teaching and tutoring writing
  • Autobiography and biography
  • Travel writing
  • Technical and professional communication
  • Web writing
  • Screenwriting
  • Rhetoric and composition

Q: What Graduate Programs Do Writing Majors Enter?

A: Writing majors enter the following types of programs:

  • MFA, Poetry/Fiction Writing
  • MS/MEd Education
  • MA Journalism
  • MA/MS Psychology
  • PhD/MA Composition, Rhetoric
  • PhD/MA Technical Writing
  • PhD/MA English Literature
  • Juris Doctorate

Q: What Jobs Do Writing Majors Get?

A: Writing majors move into the following careers:

  • Publications/book editor
  • Lawyer, litigation support
  • Poet/fiction writer
  • Essayist
  • Political lobbyist
  • Research analyst
  • Teacher (writing, English)
  • Journalist
  • Grant writer
  • Web writer/web master/social media expert
  • Technical communication
  • Usability specialist
  • Speech writer/publicist
  • Screen writing
  • Corporate communications

Q: What Internship Opportunities Do Writing Majors Have?

A: The Writing Department maintains a robust internship program, and students regularly intern at major publications like the Baltimore Sun and Style magazine, as well as non-profit and for-profit organizations in the greater Baltimore area.