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Writing and Linguistics

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Welcome to the only free-standing writing department in the state of Georgia: the Department of Writing & Linguistics at Georgia Southern University. Our B.A. in Writing is unique in Georgia for offering a major that incorporates the fields of creative writing, linguistics, professional & technical writing, and rhetoric & composition. Our majors learn and practice an array of writing and analytical skills that allow students to design their own experience according to their educational, creative, and professional goals.

The B.A. requires coursework in four areas (and offers four minors), which means students effectively analyze language practices, develop and edit effective content, learn workplace communication practices, and apply innovative approaches to narrative. Our majors graduate prepared with the analytical, editorial, problem solving, and communication skills needed for the workplaces that await them.

While our students have gone on to prestigious graduate and professional programs, the knowledge and skills acquired in this program are in demand for a variety of positions requiring skills in writing, editing, and completing big projects:

  • Freelance Writer/Author
  • ESL/EFL Instructor
  • Nonprofit Manager
  • Social Media Manager
  • Science Writer
  • Grant Writer
  • Medical Writer
  • Content Strategist
  • Technical Writer
  • Technical Editor
  • Communication/ Publications Manager
  • MS/HS English Teacher
  • Proposal Writer
  • User Experience (UX) Researcher/Strategist
  • Freelance Editor

Our department provides a range of professional development and support opportunities for students, including internships, résumé and cover letter workshops, discussions with visiting writers, the Georgia Poetry Circuit, and student-led readings. Students also have the opportunity to join the Creative Writing Club, the Linguistics Club, or Writers Guild, which are all advised by W&L faculty. And because our faculty is made up of practicing writers, our majors are able to receive one-on-one mentoring from professional practitioners of writing. 

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