Professional Writing Major

Open the doors to a range of exciting careers with a professional writing degree. You’ll be prepared with a strong technical foundation and communication skills, while also realizing your creative potential. As a confident and well-trained communicator, you’ll have an edge over your peers in the job market.

Career Potential

  • Writer
  • Editor
  • Journalist
  • Web designer
  • Publisher
  • Business communications manager
  • Marketer
  • Technical, Medical or Scientific writer

What Will I Learn?

Professional writing offers a well-rounded liberal arts education with courses in creative writing, editing, technical writing, business writing and writing with new media.

Special Features

A professional writing degree provides a balance of wide-ranging writing experiences with the professional skills that will give you an edge in starting a career.

  • Attend writing retreats at SUNY Cortland's outdoor center.
  • Contribute to our literary magazines.
  • Perform at open mic readings.
  • Engage in innovating technical and digital projects with local businesses and nonprofits
  • Freelance for pay.
  • Consult with faculty to create a professional writing portfolio to show to prospective employers.

Get Involved

College is more than a classroom. There are many ways to get involved: join a club, participate in the honors program or intern in a career field that interests you.

Student Clubs

Honor Societies

Sigma Tau Delta, International English Honor Society

Next Steps

Contact Us

Chair: Matthew Lessig
Office: Old Main, Room 112
Phone: 607-753- 4307/4308
Fax: 607-753-5978

Fast Facts

  • Graduates have taken jobs at newspapers, radio and television stations, publishing houses, nonprofits and businesses.
  • Find students' work on Tumblr.
  • Look for news and event information on Twitter.

Type of Degree

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Credit Hours: 124


We recognize excellence in our students with awards and scholarships.

  • Del Ivan Janik Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Shakespeare Studies
  • Timothy Chung ’76 Award for Excellence in American Literature
  • Robert E. Rhodes ’53 Scholarship
  • Robert E. Rhodes ’53 Award
  • Edward J. O’Heron Scholarship
  • Van Akin Burd Prize
  • Marion C. Thompson Memorial Scholarship
  • Van Akin Burd Scholarship in English


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