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Professional Studies English Writing

Many people dream of one day having a writing-centric job. For those who have the right background to prepare them for these types of jobs, this is an achievable reality.

The professional studies English writing track degree at Lackawanna College shapes today’s writers. Students will build their degree from a strong professional studies foundation while developing their writing abilities through intensive creative and professional writing courses.

Interested in what Lackawanna College’s bachelor’s degree in professional studies with an English writing track has to offer? Learn more about the program here.

What is Taught in the English Writing Track?

Students in this program will get the same well-rounded education expected of any professional studies program. Professional studies introduce students to a wide variety of topics and allow them to explore different ways of thinking. Studying different subjects is an important part of the professional studies degree program, but much of the program involves students studying literature, technical writing, fiction, poetry and nonfiction. Workshops and seminar critiques will include detailed reports and feedback to assess the mechanisms and structure of student writing, creating a plan of action to improve their work.

During this four-year degree program, students will learn to:

  • Demonstrate analytical and creative reasoning skills in a broad range of studies.
  • Be provided with a program that is writing intensive.
  • Demonstrate quantitative and/or analytical problem-solving skills.
  • Effectively communicate ideas through written expression.
  • Integrate multi-disciplinary course offerings as a plan to develop themselves as a whole.
  • Demonstrate the ability to provide works on subjects relating to human existence: social, political, philosophical, technological, and cultural studies through theories of written communication, while creating works for both creative and professional purposes.
  • Explore writing and literature through the cultural lens of today’s writing platforms.
  • Explore the basics of publishing, such as query letters, proposals, and cover letters.
  • Be engaged with the local writing community through community reading series and workshops.
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What Does the Curriculum Offer?

The professional studies English writing track allows students to choose from various courses that suit their talents and interests. Students will work closely with faculty advisors to determine the best courses that will inform their written work. Our curriculum allows students to take courses where they can hone their skills in different writing styles and study multiple genres of literature.

What Can You Do With a Professional Studies Degree?

Many people wonder what career options there are for people with an English and writing background. While some creative jobs can be hard to come by, there are plenty of different opportunities available to professionals who have strong writing skills. Writers are needed in nearly every field and in a variety of different roles. After earning a professional studies degree with an English writing track, students can work as technical writers, editors and journalists, to name a few writing positions. Graduates can also apply their writing skills to a number of different communications and marketing jobs. There are many jobs that may not be writing positions but require professionals with great writing and communication abilities that graduates from this program will be well-qualified for.

Apply to Lackawanna College Today

If you’ve always wanted to turn your love of writing into a career, Lackawanna College can help. With strong writing skills and a diverse knowledge of different subjects learned through the professional studies curriculum, you can work in a variety of fields and find your passion. Our professional studies program helps students create a solid foundation to build a career on, while English and writing prepares them to become professional writers.

Getting a degree in professional studies and developing solid writing skills can open countless doors for your career. To get started, fill out our inquiry form or call us at 877-346-3552 to learn more about this program.

Clubs / Internships

Students will complete an internship during their senior year. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to become involved with various on-campus clubs, including the Creative Arts Club, and Scranton-based organizations such as Poets Live.


Lackawanna College is approved by the Pennsylvania State Department of Education to grant bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, and professional certificates and is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, which is designated as a National Accrediting Agency by the U.S. Office of Education.