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Communication, Media, Arts, and Design

Professional Writing

Bachelor of Arts


  • Oxford
  • Major
  • On Campus

Wield Writing With Grace and Precision

Professional Writing is an ideal major for those who love to write and want to learn how to write effectively in a wide range of print and digital media. Majors learn rhetorical theories and strategies to engage in client-based & community-based writing projects and become excellent communicators for many civic, academic, and professional careers.

Contact Info

Tim Lockridge

Director of Professional Writing

Department of English

356 Bachelor Hall, 301 S. Patterson Ave., Oxford, OH 45056


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Curriculum and Courses

Students participate in writing projects for community organizations that provide valuable career preparation and experience with project management and user-centered design. They also benefit from opportunities to conduct rhetorical analysis and usability and user-experience research.

  • ENG 171 Humanities and Technology
  • ENG 223 Rhetorical Strategies for Writers
  • ENG 411 Visual Rhetoric
  • ENG 416 Writing for Global Audiences
  • ENG 426 Developing and Publishing Digital Books

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Course Catalog

Career Options

Professional writing prepares graduates to work as a writer, editor, or communications specialist for companies and non-profit organizations in an array of professional sectors, including business, education, government, health, marketing, publishing, science, and technology. Students go on to publish effective print and digital communications in a wide variety of genres and styles. They develop strong persuasive skills needed in all fields but especially ideal for future studies in law school or other graduate studies.

Facts and Stats

Your college experience here will be one of the most exciting times of your life. To make sure of this, we’ll provide you with a powerful support system.

  • 90% First-to-second year retention

    Miami University Data

  • 21st Among Public Universities in the United States for Four-Year Graduation Rate

    The Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac

  • 96% of 2018-2019 graduates who were employed or furthering their education by fall 2019

    Miami University Data


Skyler Perry
  • Writing is so expansive that it feels like a focus on writing and rhetoric across the board. My professors teach you how to communicate using different formats across different fields. In one of my favorite classes thus far we spent the semester learning how to communicate an organization's identity through social media and slowly developed a cumulative content strategy plan. I often find myself applying the skills I learned in that class to my on-campus job.

    Skyler Perry '23
    Major: Journalism and Professional Writing

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