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
A well-rounded list of liberal arts and major classes prepare you to excel as an innovative, character-driven professional. And trained advisers provide the personalized, strengths-focused guidance you need to thrive as a college student and complete your degree.
Download a semester-by-semester class planning guide. This shows how you can finish your degree in four years.
100% of our traditional undergraduate students complete an academic internship or practicum. More than a graduation requirement, this real-world experience helps you explore your calling and gain practical skills for career success.
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
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