English and creative writing degrees

Bachelor's Degree in English - Professional Writing

Why Earn Your English Degree at Saint Leo University?

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. Employers depend on people who can effectively communicate—whether it’s a business plan, grant proposal or breaking news about a new product and this program helps you become that specialist. 

The major in English is designed to develop in students an understanding of language and its uses; an effective, individual writing voice; a critical and aesthetic appreciation of literature; and an understanding of how literature illuminates the diversity of human experience. Because of its comprehensive nature and its focus on critical and analytical thinking and writing skills, the major prepares students for graduate study in English, library science, and law as well as career paths in which effective communication is central, such as teaching, publishing, advertising, public relations, and professional writing.

Learning Experience:
Campus
Est. Time to Complete:
4 years
Credit Hours:
120 hours

Undergraduate English Program Details

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 swaying palm trees. 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 Saint Leo TV or WLSL (Saint Leo) Radio.

Learn Your Way: 
Online, On Campus, or Near You

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  • What are the on-campus facilities like?

    Students who pursue their degrees at Saint Leo’s main campus near sunny Tampa Bay, Florida, join a community of enthusiastic learners just like them. 

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  • What are the benefits of earning your english degree online?

    Saint Leo University’s online learning experience provides a well-rounded education with the flexibility to tailor your course of study to meet your individual needs. We know our students have lives outside school, and we seek to meet them where they are. Online students can count on receiving excellent academics as well as opportunities for hands-on learning.

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  • Taking online classes has afforded me the opportunity to learn while maintaining a job. They give me some flexibility to study at times that work more cohesively with my schedule and allow me to utilize resources such as the library 24 hours a day.

    Bentley Streat | Hayes, VA

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Are education centers near you offering english degree programs?

You may also choose to pursue your degree through one of our education centers, which merge a traditional in-person education with the flexibility to match your lifestyle. Education centers offer eight-week academic terms as well as evening and weekend classes. 

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Specialization Options

Saint Leo University offers specialization options for english students. You can customize your degree to match your passions by choosing one of the following concentrations.

Career Outlook

No matter which learning experience you choose, you will receive plenty of professional development opportunities, industry knowledge from expert professors, and support from the Saint Leo community. All this together means that you will be ready for a successful career or continued studies upon graduation.

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  • How will you gain real experience?

    Internships

    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.

    Conferences

    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 to Sandhill Review literary magazine,The Lions' Pride student newspaper, Saint Leo TV and WLSL Radio.

What can you do with an undergraduate english degree?

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

What are the top english degree jobs?

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

Where are Saint Leo english graduates 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

College of Arts & Sciences

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  • The College of Arts and Sciences at Saint Leo University offers students a broad education that lays a durable foundation for critical and independent thinking. The essential spirit of the liberal arts is a cornerstone of the varied degree programs. From biology to English to sociology, students enjoy a nice selection of in-demand degree programs for all interests.

    Learning takes place both in and out of the classroom. Students travel to Europe through our cultural immersion courses, research unique plant species while trekking through the Peruvian Amazon, and attend film screenings and poetry readings. With highly experienced professors who bring a wealth of practical knowledge to the classroom, students are prepared to work in a variety of rewarding fields. The College supports more than 30 degree programs across University Campus, education centers in five states, and online.

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