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Writing and Publication

Major
Minor

About the Program

The field of writing and publication is vast, so Olivet’s program is designed to allow you to specialize in a writing or publication area that interests you. To do this, you’ll pursue a double major or multiple minors to prepare for specialized writing positions, like science writing or computer/technical writing. You’ll not only expand your skills, but you’ll also find your niche and determine a career path. In addition to
preparing for roles in the publication process, such as editing
or agenting, students can pursue opportunities as
communications coordinators, public relations specialists,
and corporate writers.

Writing majors must complete their disciplinary specialization through a second major or multiple minors. Pairing a writing and
publication major with another major prepares students to
work within specific fields, such as subject-area writing (e.g.,
public policy, nature writing, social justice writing, health and
lifestyle writing) or technical writing.

Hands-On Experience

Internships and practicum experiences are an essential part of the writing major. You’ll have the opportunity join the staff of Olivet’s newspaper, radio station or literary and arts journal. Your professors can also help you pursue hands-on opportunities at local media outlets, businesses and at nonprofit organizations.

Careers in Writing and Publication

  • UX Writer

    UX writers write copy for products and web experiences and collaborate with design teams. They conduct research, understand best UX practices and create entire user experiences from end-to-end.

  • Science Writer

    Science writers write about scientific achievements or problems. They can work for a specific publication or on a freelance basis. They often communicate difficult scientific concepts to both scientific professionals and the general public.

  • Public Relations Specialist

    Public relations specialists create and maintain a favorable public image for the organization they represent. They craft media releases and develop social media programs to shape public perception of their organization and increase awareness of its work and goals.

  • Copywriter

    A copywriter is a person who writes persuasive written content for advertising and marketing, either online or print. They write copy and provide consumers and clients with information about a particular service or product.

Courses in the Program

MPC 210 - Media Writing
ENG 251 - Travel Writing
ENG 245 - Fiction Writing
MPC 421 - Media Law and Ethics
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