Professional Writing, Media and Rhetoric

Currently, this program is not accepting applications.

As a Professional Writing, Media and Rhetoric major, you will understand the role of language in building community; negotiating social, political and economic goals; using technology; and clarifying and articulating ethical and aesthetic values. You'll demonstrate your new skill in the classroom and beyond through internships and other activities, including opportunities for leadership. You'll nurture skills, including skills in digital communication technology, for living and making a living.

Program Highlights

  • One of a rich range of major and minor degree options that include creative writing, linguistics, communication arts and literature and English studies.
  • Active faculty engaged in research, editing, publishing and service on state, regional, and national boards and committees.
  • Education Abroad opportunities in Chile, England, Spain, Costa Rica, Australia, Japan and South Africa.
  • Strong collaborations with colleagues in other departments that encourage cross-disciplinary experiences and perspectives for students.
  • Opportunities for students to use skills gained in classes in creative outlets such as the University Chronicle, the campus newspaper; Upper Mississippi Harvest, an art and literary magazine; and Kaleidoscope, a multicultural literary magazine.
  • Internships encouraged in any professional, language-rich, challenging environment.
  • Classes are increasingly available online

Program Distinctions

  • Published writers in the department include Matthew Barton, author of books analyzing video gaming and digital media; Shannon Olson, whose non-fiction course opens another dimension for professional writing students; and Michael Dando, requested as a keynote speaker based on publications in the field of English Education.
  • The Write Place, where English majors often gain training experience, provides individualized help in writing while respecting a writer's authority and ownership of their work.
  • St. Cloud State’s global, international draw, including through our Intensive English Center, provides a setting with opportunities to interact with international students.
  • Recent graduates have distinguished themselves at graduate schools and in careers in the corporate and non-profit sectors doing freelance writing, technical writing, social media development and brand management. 


Student Organizations

Popular Careers

  • Teacher
  • Writer/Technical Writer
  • Politics
  • Public relations
  • Journalism
  • Publishing/editing
  • Law

University Facts & Stats

  • 93% of English graduates employed

  • 39 Education Abroad programs offered

  • 2021 Military Friendly® Top 10 School designation

  • $4.8 million HD TV broadcasting renovation

  • Among Forbes' "America's Top Colleges" 

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