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How Can a Professional Writing Degree Lead to a Journalism Career?

Reporter. Taking notes. Media interview.

By Jessalyn Johnson
English and Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Did you know that you don’t necessarily need to major in something specific to end up exactly where you want to be? If you are interested in a journalism career, consider a Bachelor of Arts in English with an Emphasis in Professional Writing.

In this program, students gain insight into many different aspects of writing, including journalism. By taking on the English degree, you give yourself more opportunities within your desired field than you might if you decided to take a more specific route.

GCU’s Professional Writing Degree

The writing program at GCU, offered by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, offers rigorous courses designed to help you succeed. The intention of each course within this degree is to allow you to grow as a writer, advancing your skills in the area you desire to work in. The program offers opportunities for academic advancement in the areas of:

  • Creative writing
  • Writing for advertising
  • Technical writing
  • Multimedia journalism
  • Communicating scientific ideas

The English degree also offers insight into literature, allowing students to explore classic novels and poetry. This writing program allows students interested in journalism to explore possibilities in the field, while still working with all types of writing, which can help them stand out from other candidates when attempting to begin a journalism career.

Exploring a Journalism Career

Journalism jobs exist in writing for online journals, newspapers, magazines and more. Journalism gives people the opportunity to have their voice heard. As the digital presence of information continues to gain in popularity, there become more outlets for journalism to grow.

Those with a passion for writing may want to consider the bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis in professional writing as the first step on their journey to a rewarding journalism career. Check out our website to learn more about liberal arts degrees at GCU.

About Jessalyn Johnson
English Literature Major, Digital Copywriter for GCU Blogs

Jessalyn Johnson is a senior at Grand Canyon University, completing the final year of her BA in English Literature. Originally from Melbourne, FL, Jessalyn has come to enjoy living in the desert of Arizona. Since freshman year she has occupied several different positions on the editorial board of GCU’s literary review, StartleBloom, which is approaching its third volume. In her free time, Jessalyn enjoys creative writing, photography, writing music and participating in the plays and musicals put on by GCU’s Ethington Theatre.

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