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Overview of major
Potential job titles 
Examples of internships
Possible career fields
Possible work settings
Important skills and abilities
Sample web resources
Print resources
Sample graduate programs pursued by Writing majors

Overview of major

The writing major allows students to develop their talents as writers while grounding themselves in rhetoric and in a long tradition of poetry and prose. Writing majors typically go on to become editors, desktop publishers, lawyers, reviewers, newsletter managers, and consultants, as well as published authors.

Resources

Potential job titles

  • English Teacher
  • Reporter
  • Technical Writer
  • Social Media Assistant
  • Assistant Publisher
  • Paralegal
  • Assistant Editor
  • Book Editor
  • Publications Editor
  • Grant Writer
  • Columnist
  • Librarian
  • Graphic Designer
  • Admissions Counselor
  • Litigation Support Specialist
  • Campus Minister
  • Freelance Writer
  • Scholarship Associate

Examples of internships

  • Comcast
  • South Jersey Magazine
  • Girls’ Life Magazine
  • Law Offices of Michael P. May
  • Agora Publishing, Inc.
  • Maryland Winery Association
  • Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
  • Cape Cod Magazine
  • Chubb
  • Bancroft Publishing
  • Cosmopolitan Magazine
  • Baltimore City Public Defender
  • Lawyers Without Borders
  • Maryland Public Television
  • Martin-Lauer Associates LLC
  • The Rosen Group, NICHE Magazine

Possible career fields

Writing/editing

  • Creative writing
  • Journalism
  • Freelance
  • Technical writing

Education 

Publishing

  • Editing
  • Advertising
  • Sales
  • Circulation
  • Production
  • Publicity

Advertising

  • Creative
  • Media
  • Research

Public relations

  • Research
  • Writing
  • Editing
  • Media

Law 

Business/industry

 

Possible work settings

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Internet sites
  • Private schools
  • Trade magazines
  • Advertising agencies
  • Public relations firms
  • Law firms
  • Government agencies
  • Banks
  • Real estate agencies
  • Insurance firms
  • Bookstores
  • Colleges & universities
  • Private learning center

Important skills and abilities

  • Speaking & debate
  • Computer
  • Deadline oriented
  • Initiative
  • Word processing & editing
  • Persistance
  • Assertiveness
  • Research
  • Public speaking
  • Analytical
  • Creative
  • Attention to detail
  • Work well under pressure

Sample web resources

Print resources

(All available in the Career Resource Library in The Career Center)

  • Careers for Book Worms (EN/WR Category)
  • Careers in Writing (EN/WR Category)
  • Great Jobs for English Majors (EN/WR Category)
  • Opportunities in Publishing Careers (EN/WR Section)
  • Money Making Writing Jobs (EN/WR Section)
  • Opportunities in Journalism Careers (EN/WR Section)
  • Career Opportunities in The Publishing Industry (COM Section)
  • How to Write a Winning Personal Statement for Graduate and Professional School (Grad Section)
  • Graduate Programs in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (Grad Section)

Sample graduate programs pursued by Writing majors

  • PhD, Comparative Literature
  • MA, Composition & Rhetoric
  • JD
  • MA, English
  • MA, Technical Writing
  • MFA, Creative Writing
  • MS, School Psychology
  • MA, Bookmaking
  • MA, Professional Writing
  • PhD, English Literature

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