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BA English & Professional Communication

Even Virginia Woolf had to pay the bills.

A BA in English & Professional Communication will help you pay yours.

Like you, Virginia Woolf was determined to be a writer. And like you, she had to make a living: She worked as a journalist, printer, and publisher while writing her literary masterpieces. Her experience shows that writing can take many forms to fulfill a variety of needs.

You, too, can adapt and broaden your writing skills to create meaning, inspire change, and deliver value.

With a BA in English & Professional Communication from Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU) you won't just be paying the bills. You'll have the knowledge and skills necessary to make a practical career of writing.

Why should I choose this major?

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, job opportunities for writers will grow by 6% over the next decade. As the means of communication continue to change and evolve, the demand for writers with Web and multimedia experience will grow.

A BA in English & Professional Communication from SPSU will give you the knowledge and skills necessary to develop a competitive advantage in the job market. You'll be able to write in a variety of genres for a variety of industries.

You'll leave the English & Professional Communication degree program with an academic credential and a portfolio that showcases the compelling work you can produce in verbal communication.

What will I learn?

As a student in English & Professional Communication at SPSU, you'll learn key skills critical for success in the workplace over the next decade:

  • Sense making: You'll learn to think critically and create meaning.
  • Social intelligence: You'll learn to understand a defined audience and write in a way that speaks to them, that drives them to act.
  • Novel and adaptive thinking: You'll learn to express abstract ideas in a concrete and useful way.
  • New media literacy: You'll learn to write dynamically for new media.
  • Design mindset: You'll learn to write persuasively to produce desired outcomes.
  • Cognitive load management: You'll learn to filter and focus information to engage a defined audience.

What will my learning experience be like?

Your studies will be grounded in the theory and principles that will teach you to write persuasively for a specific audience and situation. You'll use traditional tools, like the library and word-processing programs, as well as advanced tools, like InDesign, Photoshop, and HTML authoring tools.

You'll receive personal attention from faculty members who have specialized knowledge in the field. You'll work independently, but will also work collaboratively with other students, helping each other learn and grow.

You'll even have the option to apply your knowledge and skills to an internship opportunity as part of your coursework requirements.

What kinds of classes will I take?

Your coursework will be focused on verbal communication, but will also include topics in visual communication and design. Popular coursesinclude:

  • Communication Ethics
  • Journalism
  • Public Relations
  • Creative Writing
  • Social Media Integration
  • Media Culture and Society

Can I focus my studies?

As an English and Professional Communication major, you will either pursue a major concentration in Media, Communication, and Culture, or Professional Writing & Communication.  You also have the option to pursue a minor in International Studies or Spanish. These options will help you refine your communication skills further and make you more marketable in the workplace.

What kinds of jobs can I expect with a degree in English & Professional Communication?

A degree in English & Professional Communication will give you a varied and challenging career as a writer. With your ability to write in almost any genre or medium for almost any industry, you'll have a competitive edge in meeting workforce needs.

You can work in a variety of industries, for profit or not-for-profit. Or you can work as a contractor across industries.

You career options could include

  • medical and scientific writing,
  • journalism,
  • publishing,
  • corporate communication,
  • marketing communication,
  • public relations, or
  • content management.

How does the English & Professional Communication program compare with the other Bachelor's degree programs in the English, Technical Communication & Media Arts department at SPSU?

All three degree programs in the department emphasize user-centered communication. While the BS in Technical Communication focuses on a broad skill set in both written and visual communication and design, the BA in New Media Arts focuses on visual communication and design, and the BA in English & Professional Communication on written communication. You'll also learn the latest tools and techniques for communicating across the entire media landscape.

Can I go on to a graduate program?

Because SPSU is an accredited school that's part of the University System of Georgia, you are also qualified to pursue higher education at the master's or PhD level.

Consider our robust graduate degree and certificate programs.

Build your writing career. Become an English & Professional Communication major today.

Not an SPSU student yet? Apply today. 

Already a student at SPSU? Tell your advisor you want to declare your major in English & Professional Communication. Visit the English, Technical Communication & Media Arts department in the Atrium Building in J333, or call 678-915-7202.

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