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Professional Writing

About the Professional Writing Program

Our professional writing program explores all the ways nonfiction writers make a living — writing, editing and reporting for newspaper, magazines and the web. It’s not a creative writing program, although we are creative enough. And it’s not a journalism program, with an emphasis on a career in newspapers where there are fewer and fewer jobs.

Professional writing is a what-do-you-want-to-write-or-edit program to prepare you for existing and unimagined careers in writing for publication. With strong writing skills and a little design, photography and web management, you can find your way as a writer in a rapidly changing world.

A unique feature of this program is a two-semester in-house agency experience where students gain practical experience working on film projects. A senior capstone course prepares students for a career search and requires the completion of a professional portfolio.

Students with a professional writing major earn a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree.


Our mission in the Department of Communication and Media is to prepare credible, creative Christian professionals for a world where the mastery of communication skills and technologies is essential. We accomplish our mission by helping students produce, publish and perform original work that is both ethical and effective.

Why should you choose SAU’s professional writing program?

The study of communication at Spring Arbor University is a hands-on experience, with a foundation in classical and Christian perspectives. All students complete a core sequence that promotes a thoughtful and ethical understanding of communication principles and best practices.

Throughout the program you will apply these principles. We offer extracurricular opportunities in writing, acting, broadcasting, designing, producing and researching, in addition to practical hands-on experiences in the classroom. Each year students win awards in state and national competitions and engage in meaningful internships.

Courses, Course Descriptions & Four-Year Plan

The courses for the 62-hour professional writing major include such subject areas as news reporting, web content and management, popular culture, agency experience, writing for the media, editing, photo journalism and feature writing. A 21-hour minor is also available.

View the course requirements and layout, course descriptions, a sample four-year plan, as well as learn more about the professional writing program at Spring Arbor University in the undergraduate catalog.

Career Opportunities

The study of communication will help you develop useful skills in fields such as ministry, mass media, theatre, business, government and social services. Our program is particularly appropriate for positions involving public relations, broadcasting, corporate communication, public information management, employee communication, training and development and print journalism.

To learn more about how Spring Arbor helps its graduates prepare for a career, visit our career development section.

On-Campus Opportunities

On campus, there are a wide range of opportunities for students to get involved, apply what they’re learning in the classroom in a practical way, and meet students who have similar passions. Here is a list of just some of the opportunities available that might interest English students:

Sigma Tau Delta – Like English and want to rub shoulders with those who share your love of idiom? Consider joining this international English honor society.

Ink Blots – In the mood to get creative? Ink Blots is the SAU student creative writing group, which meets every Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. in White Library. See a full list of the various activities and organizations available to students at Spring Arbor University.