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English, Bachelor of Arts - Professional Writing


Some amazing classes
you can take at Saint Leo

  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Desktop Publishing and Design
  • The Independent Writer
  • Writing About Audiovisual Media
  • Basic Journalistic Writing

Why choose English with a Professional Writing specialization?

Employers depend on people who can effectively communicate—whether it’s a business plan, grant proposal or breaking news about a new product. The B.A. English program's Professional Writing specialization teaches you practical and comprehensive skills, preparing you to excel as a communications specialist in a wide range of fields.

You love to write. It's what you do. Saint Leo is the place to find your voice, hone your craft and translate that passion into a marketable skill set. Emerge with a professional portfolio of news stories, nonfiction prose, poetry, television scripts and short stories, as well as a foundation in desktop publishing, including layout and design.

Spend an afternoon writing by the lake, or in the shadows of the orange grove. Publish your work in Sandhill Review literary magazine and The Lions' Pride student newspaper. Intern at the Tampa Bay Times. Work behind the scenes at SLU TV or SLU Radio.

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What can you do with a degree in English with a Professional Writing specialization?

Graduates work as editors, writers, and designers in a range of fields: journalism, publishing, website design, technical writing, advocacy, public relations and marketing.

  • Copywriter
  • Editor
  • News Reporter
  • Publisher
  • Grant Writer
  • Journalist
  • Web Editor
  • English Teacher
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Documentation Specialist

Professional development opportunities.


Interact with local and national media through Saint Leo’s University Communications and Athletic Communications offices. Spread your wings off-campus at the Associated Press,Tampa Bay Timesor a number of Central Florida media outlets.


Attend writing and English Honor Society conferences.

Guest lecturers

Meet luminaries such as U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine, poet and fiction-writer Valada Flewellyn, ESPN writer Pat Yasinskas and filmmaker Ralph Clemente.

Co-curricular activities

Become an active member of the Alpha Alpha Alpha chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society. Contribute toSandhill Reviewliterary magazine,The Lions' Pridestudent newspaper, SLU TV and SLU Radio.

Where are Saint Leo English grads now?

    • Florida Legal Group
    • Scholastic Books
    • University of Nebraska
    • University of Wisconsin
    • Wesley Chapel High School
    • Saint Leo University
    • Georgia Southern University
    • Pasco County Schools
    • University of South Florida
    • U.S. Army
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