Bachelor of Arts Degree in Writing and Linguistics
Earn your bachelor degree in writing from the only freestanding writing department in Georgia, and one of only a handful in the nation!
The Bachelor of Arts degree in Writing and Linguistics at Georgia Southern University allows you to design your own experience according to your educational, creative and professional goals, ensuring you graduate with an array of writing and analytical skills that will set you up for success.
What sets our degree apart from others in the state of Georgia is how many different writing fields are incorporated within the major. With required coursework in four areas of writing—creative writing, linguistics, professional & technical writing, and rhetoric & composition—our degree will give you a versatile range of experience.
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 can join clubs and student organizations advised by Writing and Linguistics faculty. And because our faculty is made up of practicing writers, our majors receive one-on-one mentoring from professional practitioners of writing.
In Georgia Southern’s creative writing classes, you’ll study and practice communicating through narrative in fiction and nonfiction, poetry and prose. You’ll read a wide range of work, much of it from contemporary creative writers, to gain a deep understanding of the craft of writing across a wide breadth of genres.
Your coursework will take you through the creative writing process, from creating a draft, incorporating feedback from peer-led critiques into revisions, all the way to submitting your work to contests and publications. With our campus hosting multiple visiting writers every year, you’ll have ample opportunity to gain industry insight from professionals with successful creative writing careers.
The value of creative writing goes beyond entertainment. Our alumni have found success applying the techniques of creative writing to jobs like social media management, marketing, copywriting and publishing.
Georgia Southern’s Linguistics courses provide the opportunity for you to acquire superior thinking, analyzing, observing and problem-solving skills. As the intersection between writing and anthropology, linguistics explores the knowledge that underlies the use, production and understanding of language in individuals and human society.
In your Linguistics courses, you’ll study and apply the theories of language analysis to communication problems in contemporary society. You’ll gain insight on the structure, psychology and cultural impact of language, and how that affects language learning.
Our graduates have put their linguistics training to work with successful careers in information technology, business, publishing, research and language teaching.
Professional & Technical Writing (PTW)
What is technical writing?
Technical writing involves communicating complex information — such as scientific, medical or technical material — in ways diverse audiences can understand.
At Georgia Southern, our professional and technical writing courses teach you to do that and more. Your work will keep projects on track, help the public understand complicated information, and support users with help documentation. You’ll become an invaluable asset in industries as diverse as healthcare, government, hospitality, software and technology.
In your professional and technical writing courses, you’ll gain practical experience to prepare you for a variety of roles in social media management, content strategy, help documentation, information design, and editing.
Rhetoric & Composition
Our writing studies courses train you in the art and power of rhetoric. You’ll learn how to research and produce writing in its 21st century forms, including websites, graphic novels, blogs, wikis, videos and more.
Your courses will explore your personal identity through research, writing and theory, as well as meld creativity with traditional genres to write in ways that help others make meaning of the world. Additionally, you’ll learn the basics of teaching and assessing the writing of your peers.
Graduates with training in Rhetoric & Composition work in large and small corporations, publishing houses, newspapers, non-profit organizations, and educational instruction, as well as in archives and digital platforms of all kinds. Graduates are also well prepared to pursue graduate study in law, rhetoric/composition, digital humanities, cultural or gender studies, communication, English as a second language (ESL), and library science.
Minor in Writing
The Department of Writing and Linguistics offers a Minor in Writing with four options that complement a variety of majors, professions and career goals. With a minor in writing, you’ll be able to demonstrate high-value writing and communication skills to potential employers.
- Writing: This minor allows you to customize your enhanced knowledge of writing and communication to best support your interests and career goals.
- Applied Linguistics: You’ll gain a better understanding of the learning needs of linguistically and culturally diverse students. This minor is ideal for students pursuing majors in education, foreign language, international studies, interdisciplinary studies and psychology.
- Linguistics Interdisciplinary: This minor focuses on the role of language in different aspects of human life. Combined with a major in the humanities or social sciences, this minor develops your expertise in using linguistic analysis as a problem-solving tool.
- Professional and Technical Writing: With this minor, you’ll be able to break down complex information for diverse audiences to keep projects on track, help the public understand complex technologies and scientific material, and prepare a variety of print and digital information materials. This program would especially benefit students preparing for a career in healthcare, government, hospitality, software, technology and medical industries.
Careers in Writing and Linguistics
A degree in Writing and Linguistics from Georgia Southern University will equip you to work in a wide range of industries. Typical jobs in writing include:
- Marketing communications specialist
- Content specialist/strategist
- User experience (UX) researcher/strategist
- Social media manager
- Editorial manager
- Writing instructor
- Public relations specialist
- Information manager
- Technical writer
- Copy editor
- Proposal/Grant writer
Do You Have Questions? Contact Us!
Department of Writing and Linguistics
Newton Building, Room 1118
P.O. Box 8026
Statesboro, GA 30460
Last updated: 10/26/2021