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Why Study Professional and Technical Writing at Madonna University?

  • Madonna's program in English broadens students’ understanding of the world through the study of language and literature.
  • Real-world assignments that teach you the skills employers seek.
  • Small class sizes and personal attention.
  • Professionally trained professors with experience and education in the subjects they teach.
  • The program provides students with a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of critical reading, writing, and communicating.
  • Students build a portfolio to show prospective employers.
  • Students are well-prepared both in content-area knowledge and the liberal arts.
  • Students receive intensive writing experiences with feedback from both faculty and peers.
The Professional and Technical Writing major prepares you for a career that requires expertise in written communication. Corporations, health care industries, state and local governments, and technology-based businesses are examples of potential employers. A minor or certificate is required with this major, and so you may combine your professional and technical writing skills with work in a wide choice of intellectual pursuits. Aging Studies, Community Leadership, Criminal Justice, Environmental Safety and Health, Human Resource Management, and Psychology are only a few of the many possibilities that will give you an employment edge upon graduation.
You may also decide to pursue a double major in one of these fields. As an added feature of the Professional and Technical Writing major you will complete either a paid Cooperative Education experience, or an unpaid Writing Practicum, giving you on-the-job training. As a student of Professional and Technical Writing, you receive personalized academic advising and mentoring from our staff and faculty, guiding you through the program and helping you to shape your career goals. You can expect rigorous academic work in the context of a smaller classroom where both classmates and professors know your name.
Careers Grad School Employers of Alumni
Advertising Wayne State University, Eastern Michigan University, Michigan State University, the University of Michigan Public, private, and parochial schools in the Tri-county area, greater Michigan, out-of-state, and overseas.
Middle School Teacher University of Notre Dame  
High School or Middle School Principal University of Minnesota Rutgers University, North Dakota State University, Longwood University
University Professor Ohio State University  
Teaching English as a Second Language University of Toledo  
Law University of Detroit Mercy Law School, Cooley Law School Law firms in the Metro Area
Writers, Editors, Program Specialists, Public Relations Representatives   Quicken Loans, Rock Financial, Cengage Publishing
Rebekah Phillips

Rebekah Phillips knew even in middle school that she would want to become a better writer, and the Writing Program at Madonna University allowed her that opportunity. The writing department was filled with close-knit students and encouraging professors who took the time to learn each student by name and to work with them individually to follow their interests, expand on their strengths, and improve their weaknesses. Through the Writing Program, Rebekah was able to volunteer in Detroit to work with English Second Language learners and was also given the opportunity to work at the Writing Center, an opportunity that not only helped her grow as a writer but as a teacher too.

For a brief period after graduating from Madonna, Rebekah worked as an editor for a private publishing company before deciding to get her Master’s in English at the University of Toledo. She worked as a Graduate Teacher at Toledo and encouraged her students to see writing as both integral to future success but also as a fun way of expressing themselves. Without the support of her undergraduate professors, Rebekah would never have found the confidence to teach others, and she is indebted to them not only for helping her improve as a writer, but giving her the chance to learn how to be a teacher at the Writing Center, which prepared her for her work as a Graduate Teacher. Without the Writing Program at Madonna, Rebekah would not have been equipped to handle graduate level classes or even teach college freshmen, and she is indebted to her professors.