A professional writing major trains you in the discipline and craft of writing. Building on the intellectual foundation provided by courses in the humanities, it teaches you the process of writing for publication. It shows you how to connect with diverse audiences through long-form narratives. And it equips you to cultivate practices that enrich your lifelong work as a writer.
Because organizations need shareable content that communicates their stories in interesting ways, there is a growing demand for well-trained writers. Professional writers, as intellectually curious individuals, contribute to a broad range of publications and media outlets. These include trade journals, advertisements, online publications, feature articles, editorials, corporate communications and science publications.
Why Cornerstone University?
- Expect more interaction with expert faculty. At Cornerstone, we intentionally limit class sizes because we value relational learning and collaboration. This means you'll receive more in-class attention from professors who are committed to seeing you thrive and care about you as a whole person.
- Build your writing portfolio. Submit your work for publication in Cornerstone's own student-produced literary journal, The Makeshift Review, and gain hands-on experience as a student editor.
- Expand your professional network. Our city of Grand Rapids, Michigan, is home to working writers and multiple publishing houses. Cornerstone places you within miles of organizations such as Zondervan of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Kregel, Eerdmans, Baker Books and Credo House Publishers.
- School: Traditional Undergrad Academics
- Division: Humanities
- Degree Type: Bachelor of Arts, Minor
- Format: Residential
- Location: Grand Rapids
A bachelor's degree in professional writing prepares you for a range of career options and graduate programs.
- Acquisitions editor
- Copy editor
- Editorial assistant
- Professional writer
- Promotion specialist
- Publicity manager
- Technical writer
From personable faculty to one-on-one advising appointments, we have resources to support you in reaching your goals and being successful in your classes.
See our sample degree plan for the list of classes you'll take as a professional writing major.
All traditional undergraduate students complete an academic internship or practicum. This experience helps you explore your calling and gain practical career skills.
With guidance from the Center for Career & Life Calling, our students land internships at trusted businesses and nonprofits around the world.
- Baker Books
- Credo House Publishers
- Kregel Publications
- Our Daily Bread
of traditional undergraduate humanities students from the class of 2018 were working or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.
Importantly, our recent graduates also shared that they love their work. Of respondents, 86 percent reported a genuine interest in what they are doing.
Cornerstone alumni are tireless in their passion to influence our world for Christ as servant leaders. You can find CU graduates building lives that matter at workplaces based in West Michigan and beyond.
- Credo Communications
- Pentera Group, Inc.
College Is About More Than a Degree
At Cornerstone, knowledge is about more than memorizing facts. Here, you will develop a deeper understanding of people, life and God. You will conquer challenges, grow in wisdom and make more memories than you can count.
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