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Professional Writing Specialization

As professional writing specialists, students explore various forms of writing styles including fiction, technical writing, persuasive writing, multimedia writing, screenwriting, business writing, and desktop publishing. The program also integrates computer technology, allowing students to create web pages, design Internet publications, and learn about current software applications. At Barry University, experience with technology will not only enhance student writing proficiency, but it will also provide students with a competitive and marketable advantage in the workplace.

The Professional Writing specialization at Barry University is a career-oriented program for English majors who are interested in pursuing an array of professional fields including:

  • Journalism
  • Public Relations
  • Advertising
  • Editing
  • Technical Writing
  • Business
  • Law
  • Teaching

The Program

Writing and Editing

Throughout the program, you will continually work on creating your own writing portfolio, which will consist of polished writing samples, Web pages, blogs, publication clips, and internship material.  We also encourage students to write for university-sponsored publications such as the Barry Buccaneer, our student-run newspaper, and Barry Magazine, our university publication.  We also produce a literary journal, What Oft Was Thought, and students are welcome to submit their writing samples for consideration.  Finally, we encourage our students to professionalize themselves by attending conferences and participate in professional and student organizations.

Professionalization

Whether you are enrolled in the Professional Writing Specialization or a Minor, you will receive one-on-one career counseling from faculty. You will learn to create a résumé, write query letters, and market your skills to prospective employers. Additionally, Barry provides you with the opportunity to interact with accomplished industry professionals by inviting local editors, publishers, and digital media specialists to make presentations on campus.

Technology and Communication

Students will be trained in technical and professional writing. You will create Web pages, design Internet publications, and learn up-to-date software applications (such as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop).

Internship Program

After students complete their extensive academic training, they will be required to participate in the Professional Writing Internship Program. Internships provide an opportunity to apply research, writing, editing, layout, design, and technological skills in a professional environment. Writing and research produced at your internship site will be incorporated in your writing portfolio.  Students have interned at The Miami Herald, Modern Luxury Brides, Sony Music, Onboard Media, Miami New Times, Boardroom Communications, Miami Sports Tribune, and many other sites within South Florida.

Professional Writing Faculty

The Professional Writing faculty at Barry University are devoted scholars and teachers who have extensive professional experience working as writers, journalists, and editors.   They are committed to providing a supportive atmosphere that you can hone your writing skills.

Minor in Professional Writing

We are pleased to be able to offer a Minor in Professional Writing.  The minor also requires the completion of an internship and a portfolio submission.

Contact Info

If you are interested in our dynamic program, please contact the Director of  Professional Writing, Dr. Andrea Greenbaum, at 305-899-4568, or e-mail: agreenbaum@barry.edu.

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