Loyola University Maryland

Writing Department

About the Writing Department

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 structures of a single discipline, our students can explore, study, and practice a wide variety of forms including rhetoric, professional writing, poetry, fiction, and nonfiction prose. These forms 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. In short, writing courses focus on analysis and production – how to write effectively in multiple genres.

Moreover, knowing how to articulate yourself – knowing how to write – makes all the difference in your career and can separate the average from the exceptional in fields, such as law, medicine, and business.

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

Frequently Asked Questions about the Loyola Writing Department

What do writing majors do?

Writing plays an important role in almost all careers. The writing major helps you develop your writing talents in various mediums (print, web, etc.) and prepares you for numerous professions and graduate school. You 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.

What abilities do writing majors develop and what courses can I take?

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.); and
  • Word processing

Who teaches writing courses?

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 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; and
  • Rhetoric and composition

What graduate programs do writing majors enter?

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; and
  • Juris Doctorate

What careers are open to writing majors?

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; and
  • Corporate communications

What internship opportunities do writing majors have?

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. Email our internship coordinator, Dr. Allen Brizee, for more information.