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English (B.A.) - Writing Specialization

Words have power. Power for beauty, for change, for hope. Power to help us remember, grow, connect, enliven.

The English major with a Writing Specialization involves literature, linguistics and writing coursework. Students receive a well-rounded background in literature, but with more intensive work in Creative and/or Professional writing. This program serves students seeking careers in creative or professional writing. The major offers flexibility and can easily be added to another major.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Enjoy studying literature, literary criticism, and language studies
  • Are a strong reader and writer
  • Are interested in history and culture, especially as they relate to the study of narrative
  • Are eager for an intellectual challenge—both creatively and technically
  • Are self-motivated, goal-oriented, and work well independently

Career Opportunities

  • Author/journalist
  • Technical/professional/grant writer
  • Editor/publisher
  • Advertising account manager
  • Lawyer (with additional education)

Recent Employers

  • Graduate school
  • South Dakota Humanities Council
  • Daktronics
  • 9 Clouds Digital Marketing
  • Independent Sales Consultant

Internship Opportunities

  • Daktronics
  • South Dakota Humanities Council
  • Boys & Girls Club
  • Fishback Financial
  • Local law firms (such as Fite, Pierce, and Ronning)

Suggested Certificates

  • Experiential Learning

Suggested Minors

  • Select a Modern Language (French Studies, German, or Spanish)
  • Legal Studies
  • Leadership and Management of Nonprofit Organizations
  • Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Film Studies

Clubs and Organizations

  • English Club
  • Oakwood
  • Collegian

To learn more specific details about program requirements, view this program in the course catalog.

View the recommended academic plan.

Still deciding? Reflecting on your values, interests, personality traits, and skills will provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. FOCUS 2 CAREER, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you do just that. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 CAREER by using the code: jacks. After completing FOCUS 2 CAREER, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.