Professional Writing

Why Major in Professional Writing

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A Professional Writing degree from SUNY Cortland opens the doors to a range of exciting careers in writing, editing, journalism, web design, publishing, business communication, marketing, and technical, medical, or scientific writing. Our Professional Writing degree is intended to prepare students to pursue careers in an emerging creative economy by providing them with strong technical foundations and communication skills, while also helping them realize their creative potential. College graduates who are confident and well-trained communicators have an edge over their peers in the job market. Majoring or minoring in Professional Writing can give you this important advantage as you move from college into your professional life.

Students in Cortland's Professional Writing program have landed internships at newspapers such as The Cortland Standard; PR firms such as Jonesworks, Inc.; literary agencies such as Donadio & Olson, Inc.; news websites such as; and international magazines such as Element Magazine in Moscow; as well as several other regional non-profits and businesses. Graduates of the program have gone on to jobs at newspapers, radio and television stations, publishing houses, non-profits, and businesses. Graduates have also gone on to MFA and Ph.D. programs.

The Professional Writing program displays students' work on Tumblr and shares news and event information on Twitter.

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Graduate Programs in Professional Writing

Carnegie Mellon University
Clemson University
University of Massachusetts

Career and Internship Information

The Association of Teachers of Technical Writing
The Association of Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Design of Communication
Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication
Society for Technical Communicators
Association of Writing Programs
National Council for Teachers of English
America's Career Infonet
Campus Career Center