Professional & New Media Writing Concentration/Minor

Would you like to prepare for a career as a writer? Would you like to edit news articles, write essays for a magazine, or create a social media campaign? Consider a concentration/minor in professional writing!

Requirements for the Professional Writing Concentration/Minor

To view the requirements for the concentration in professional writing, please click here: Requirements for Professional Writing

Benefits of the Professional Writing Concentration/Minor:

Professional writing provides a bridge between your liberal arts coursework and the writing you will do in the workplace. The benefits of the concentration/minor include:

The professional writing concentration/minor prepares you for a career in writing and editing, helping you to practice and master a wide range of written communications.

Internship in the Professional Writing Concentration/Minor:

Our professional writing concentration/minor gives you hands-on, on-the-job experience in editing and writing. The program requires five courses (three “core” professional writing courses and two electives) that prepare you for a ten- to twenty-hour internship. Internships include work in journalism, television and radio broadcasting, public relations, advertising, and business communication. Recent interns have worked at the Boston Globe, Boston Spirit Magazine, and the Boston Department of Parks and Recreation. 

Recognition of the Professional Writing Concentration/Minor:

The concentration in professional writing allows English majors to add a focal area of interest in professional writing to their major. The minor in professional writing requires the same set of courses and is designed for students majoring in a field other than English. All English courses in the concentration may also count toward the English major. Successful completion of the concentration or minor is recorded on the student’s official university a certificate, issued by the Department of English.

Admission to the Professional Writing Concentration/Minor:

The concentration/minor is selective. Admission is by permission of the director of professional writing. Admission requires the submission of two writing samples (examples: college papers or printed articles) and successful work in freshman- and sophomore-level writing courses. Interested in applying? Contact ProfWriting@umb.edu.

Director of Professional Writing:

    Prof. Matt Davis: matthew.davis@umb.edu

Affiliated Faculty Advisors:

    Prof. Timothy Oleksiak: timothy.oleksiak@umb.edu

To view the program details as a .pdf, please click here: Professional Writing Concentration