Loyola University Maryland

Writing Department

Writing Department FAQs

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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

To learn more about the courses you can take, and to read more about the specific skills, assignments, and projects you can develop, visit the following pages: Curriculum, First-Year Writing Projects, Service-Learning, and Student News.

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

To learn more about our faculty members, visit the Faculty page and the Faculty News page.

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

To learn more about graduate school programs for Writing majors, visit the Graduate Schools and Jobs page.

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

To learn more about careers for Writing majors, visit the Graduate Schools and Jobs page.

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.

To learn more about writing internships and a comprehensive list of intern partners, visit the Internship page.