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Writing & Linguistics

Major Information

The Department of Writing and Linguistics at Georgia Southern University is one of only a handful of free-standing writing departments across the country. It is also a unique academic department in Georgia’s system that provides all undergraduates with a solid foundation in critical thinking, effective writing, and familiarity with current writing technologies, such as word processing, desktop publishing, email, web page design, and computer-mediated communication. 

General Information

Degree(s) Offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Writing & Linguistics

Sample Occupations

  • Poet
  • Historian
  • Interpreter/ Translator
  • Travel Writer
  • Proofreader and Copy Maker
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Reporter/ Correspondent
  • Film/ Video Editor
  • Screenwriter
  • Movie Critic
  • Producer/ Director
  • Technical Writer
  • University Professor
  • Medical Writer
  • Assignment Editor
  • Encyclopedia Writer
  • Columnist (newspaper, magazine)
  • Commentator
  • Editor
  • Restaurant Reviewer

Sample Work Settings

  • Book Publishing Company
  • Business Services
  • Newspapers, Magazines
  • Education Services
  • Federal Government
  • Corporate Publishing Departments
  • Printing/ Publishing Company
  • Radio/ TV Stations
  • News Writing/Broadcast Firm
  • Caption Writing
  • Copy Writing Firm
  • Poet/ Lyricist
  • Self-Employed/ Freelance Writer
  • Research Institutions

Sample Employers

  • Georgia Southern University
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Self-employed/Writer/Author
  • Ricoh
  • ITG Brands
  • FYI Television
  • Columbia County
  • Plano Magazine
  • Morris Multimedia
  • South Magazine
  • Launch Interactive
  • Seattle Weekly
  • Gwinnett County Public Library
  • Georgia Aquarium
  • Dex Media
  • Hands on Atlanta
  • Lambda Literary Foundation
  • ScribeAmerica
  • Marietta Daily Journal
  • The Brunswick News
  • Scholastic
  • The Curator Magazine

Connecting Majors, Skills, and Occupations

  • View learning outcomes associated with your major in the Georgia Southern Undergraduate Catalog:

Georgia Southern Academic Catalog

  • Explore the connection between occupations and skills in O*Net:

www.onetonline.org

  • Use Handshake to upload your résumé and explore internships and jobs. For more information:

www.georgiasouthern.edu/ocpd

Internet Resources

To explore values, interests, and skills:

FOCUS 2 bit.ly/focuscareer

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) – $15

Self Directed Search – $15

https://students.georgiasouthern.edu/career/s tudents/assessments/

To explore occupational outlooks and salaries:

National Compensation Survey

www.bls.gov/ncs/

National Association of College and Employers  (NACE) 

http://www.naceweb.org/salary resources/index.aspx 

Professional Organizations

National Writers Association

www.nationalwriters.com

American Society of Composers,

Authors, and Publishers

www.ascap.com

International Science Writers Association

internationalsciencewriters.org/

Writer’s Guild of America – East

www.wgaeast.org/

Writer’s Guild of America – West

www.wga.org/

American Society of Journalists and Authors

www.asja.org/

Academy of American Poets

www.poets.org

Georgia Southern Student Organizations

Creative Writers Club

Last updated: 7/26/2022