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Professional Writing

Aspiring writers who want to put writing skills to work

There is a strong emphasis on the "Professional" in professional writing, as our major focuses on developing the ability to produce the kinds of writing that are valued in fields ranging from technical and business writing, to creative writing and journalism. Hands-on experience is everywhere — you’ll want to check out our student-run literary magazines. Add specialization with our various writing tracks, such as publishing, creative writing (fiction or poetry), teaching and tutoring writing, rhetoric, or technical communication.

Dr. Cutrufello talks about what he loves about teaching and the Professional Writing major at York College. Download a transcript of this video.
Check out what students and faculty have to say about the Professional Writing major. Download a transcript of this video.

Your future in Professional writing

This is excellent preparation for post-graduate studies, as well as students who want to work as writers, editors, and digital communicators. Our graduates work for the Baltimore Sun and other newspapers, the Federal Aviation Administration, Johns Hopkins University and other colleges, Johnson & Johnson, the Walt Disney Company Foundation and more. Possible careers include:
  • Advertising, business writing, technical writing, grant writing
  • Editing, freelance writing, public relations
  • Sports writing, web design, print/TV journalism
  • Law, music industry, political speech writing
  • Writing professor, and more
York Review student literary journal at York College of Pennsylvania, spring 2016

The York Review

The York Review is the department's student-run literary journal. Published usually in the spring, the magazine is a juried collection of student writing. Students can submit works for publication and can apply to serve on the editorial board.

Program Requirements

Required Courses and Degree Requirements for Graduation
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2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Contact Us
Professional Writing
Michael Zerbe, Ph.D., Coordinator
Humanities Center, Room 158
Phone: 717.815.1944
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