The English (BA) – Professional Writing degree program at Appalachian State University is one of the few of its kind in North Carolina, preparing students with communication fundamentals as well as experience with different types of print media, technical and science writing, and writing for the Internet.
Graduates are assured success and flexibility in a wide variety of career options, particularly in business and industry. A required internship tailored to each student’s career goals provides excellent experience for future positions in public policy, social advocacy, public relations, marketing, advertising, public service, and general communications within engineering, science and software firms. Some students choose to go on to law school or graduate school.
Faculty members have strong experience in both academia and industry, and students flourish under their guidance in small classes.
Employment: Students who graduate from this program have gone on to work for:
Graduate School: Students who choose to continue their education have gone on to graduate programs at the following schools:
Students take courses in writing and literature, plus a language and a required internship. Core courses include:
- Introduction to Professional Writing
- Technical Writing
- Business Writing
- Writing & Law
- Writing for the Web
- Internship in Writing/Editing
- Seminar in Professional Writing
A minor is required for this major. Popular choices include:
- Communication Studies
- General Business
- Foreign Languages
- Global Studies
Engagement Outside the Classroom
The English Club is a student-run organization that supports camaraderie among English majors through a variety of activities and special events on campus.
Sigma Tau Delta is an international honor society for English undergraduates.
Lyric is Appalachian’s Spoken Word Poetry Club.
The Peel is an award-winning student-run literary publication that features Appalachian students’ stories, poetry, essays and artwork.
Cold Mountain Review is Appalachian’s professional literary review published out of the Department of English.
The Film Club is the Department of English’s undergraduate club devoted to film production and appreciation.
APPS Society Film Series is sponsored by the Appalachian Popular Programming Society (APPS).
Sustainability Film Series screens films that help viewers better understand the challenges facing human culture and our planet.
The Queer Film Series seeks to increase campus and community awareness of the histories, lives, and cultures of LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and intersex) persons.
The Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series brings eight authors to campus for readings and craft talks throughout the school year.
Appalachian is committed to introducing students to different cultures and teaching them how to live and interact in a global society.
There are no admission requirements beyond admission to Appalachian State University.
- The skills most in demand for today’s job market are those in which English majors excel – oral and written communication, critical thinking, active listening, reading comprehension and analysis.
- This program has an excellent record of career placement.
- Research shows that English majors who choose to pursue a graduate or professional degree consistently perform at the highest levels on the GMAT, MCAT, LSAT and the GRE.
- Qualifying students can participate in Appalachian’s accelerated master’s program – often called 4+1 – and complete a master’s degree in English in one additional year.
Number of Students
Method of Delivery
On campus only
Appalachian graduates with English degrees excel wherever employers value cultural literacy and the ability to read carefully, think critically and write effectively.
Dr. Carl Eby