Professional Writing Specialization
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 in which you can hone your writing skills. Barry's diverse course offerings range from writing for the Internet, to desktop publishing and persuasive writing
As a professional writing student you will take core curriculum courses. You will also have the unique opportunity to use your electives to specialize in other areas of interest that will enhance your degree. Traditionally, students have taken courses in communication, photography, computer science, and education.
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:
- Public Relations
- Desktop Publishing
- Technical Writing
In today's competitive world, all forms of writing, from multimedia writing to business proposals, from advertisements to web pages, require specialized, top quality writing skills.
As professional writing specialists, students explore various forms of writing styles including fiction, technical writing, persuasive writing, multimedia 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 will provide students with a competitive and marketable advantage in the workplace.
Technology and Communication
Students will be trained in all facets of technical and professional writing. You will crate Web pages, design Internet publications, and learn up-to-date software applications (such as QuarkSpress).
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 Editing
Throughout the program, you will continually work on creating your own portfolio, which will consist of polished writing samples, Web pages, and publication "clips".
We also encourage students to write for University-sponsored publications such as the Barry Buccaneer, our student-run newspaper, and attend conferences and participate in professional and student organizations.
Whether you are enrolled in the Professional Writing Track or the Certificate Program, you will receive one-on-one career counseling from faculty. You will learn to create a resume, 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.
We are also pleased to offer a Minor in Professional Writing and a Certificate Program in Professional Writing.
If you are interested in our dynamic program, please contact the Department of English and Foreign Languages at 305-899-4568, or 1-800-756-6000, ext. 4568. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org