Loyola University Maryland

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 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.

Allen Brizee

Allen Brizee, Ph.D.

This associate professor of writing weaves together Loyola’s Jesuit values and service-learning to enhance his students’ experience