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Writing and Publishing


Benedictine’s interdisciplinary major in writing and publishing is one of only a few degree programs of its kind in the nation.

It is specifically designed to prepare students for careers in the publishing industry and affiliated fields. Upon graduation, writing and publishing majors have the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue a variety of careers in advertising editing, freelance writing, public relations, publishing and many more fields. As part of the program, students take coursework in literature, writing, theory, print and copy editing, with classes taught by faculty from both the Department of Communication Arts and the Department of Languages and Literature. Students also gain proficiency in a foreign language, making them more attractive to potential employers.

Students in the Writing and Publishing program have the opportunities to:

Develop a professional portfolio and hone the skills needed for a successful and rewarding career.
Supplement classroom study with valuable hands-on experience in layout and design.
Take courses that focus on communication theory, literary criticism, practical writing/publishing applications and media law.

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BA Requirements - Lisle

What Our Graduates Have Done With This Degree

Writing and Publishing Alumni

A degree in writing and publishing prepares you for careers in a variety of fields and is an excellent major for people planning to pursue graduate school or law school. You’ll find our alumni editing technical journals, heading client communications at Nielsen and working as an award-winning justice correspondent for NPR.

Interdisciplinary Program

Writing and publishing is an interdisciplinary program, combining courses in communication arts and literature. The major is designed to strike a balance between traditional liberal arts courses and practical learning approaches.

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Hands-On Experience

our publishing courses teach skills in layout and design while offering real-world opportunities to work on actual publications like The Candor student newspaper, The DuPage Valley Review literary journal and other special book projects.

Writing-Intensive Curriculum

Benedictine University offers a variety of writing courses to suit the interests and support the career goals of all our students. These include professional nonfiction writing, journalism, creative writing and public relations writing, among others.

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