Professional Writing


This interdisciplinary program prepares you to write accurate, clear, non-academic prose for a variety of audiences and situations. It teaches you how to research and analyze a wide range of topics, manage social media for professional purposes, and write and design readable, compelling documents, both in print and online. Because technology has become central to professional writing and publishing, the program is designed to encourage facility with a range of platforms and applications.

Professional Writing Snapshot

Beyond the Classroom

Our students learn how to exercise their communication skills in a professional environment, which makes them strong candidates for communication-based internships across a variety of industries. Our students have interned at Duncan & Miller Steel Glass Museum, Main Street Farmer’s Market, Brandt Street Press, and the Washington County Historical Society, among other organizations.

In W&J’s classroom, professors show their students out-of-the-box ways to apply professional writing skills across a variety of fields. Professor Kay McEvoy, Ph.D., has led students through the process of researching, writing, and recording their own podcasts on the folklore topics of their choice, from leprechauns to tricksters to the origins of Dracula, and even the legend of Pittsburgh’s own 13 Bends Road.

Professional Writing Faculty