Professional writing is offered as either a concentration of the English major or as a minor for non-majors.
Effective writing skills are increasingly in demand across a variety of professions from business to medicine. Recent data suggests that the labor market for both technical and general writers is on the rise, while the ability to communicate clearly gives employees in all fields a valuable competitive edge in the workplace. Both the professional writing concentration (for English majors) and the professional writing minor (for non-English majors, designed to complement your major field of study) provide you with the necessary skills to explain complex concepts clearly and efficiently, adapt your message to a wide range of audiences and stakeholders, and produce prose that consistently meets the highest professional standards.
Gordon is home to seasoned writers with a proven track record of publication and years of practical, on-the-job experience who are eager to share their wisdom with students from all disciplines. Gordon’s proximity to Boston—a major financial, technological, and informational hub—also creates opportunities for pursuing writing internships with companies in numerous fields. In addition, the program's flexible design enables students to choose courses tailored to their aspirations and professional interests.
The professional writing program is all about equipping you to communicate with excellence in the workplace, whether you are a businessperson, physician, diplomat, consultant, scientist, web designer, administrator, or social worker. The concentration or minor can also prepare you to pursue a variety of writing careers, including: