Online Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in Writing Studies

Writing expertise enhances the impact you make in your profession!  A focus on collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and communication creates value for your employer and positions you to advance in your career.   

The Online Degree Completion program in Writing Studies exposes you to professional writing opportunities, practical communication challenges, and critical examinations that shape public and political culture.

The Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in Writing Studies positions you to work in variety of career fields based on broad exposure to writing styles, career-based expectations, and the use of tone to effectively communicate ideas.

Program Benefits and Outcomes

Millersville’s BA in English/Writing Studies online degree-completion program explores the vast opportunities to write.  The courses and interactions enable you to highlight where your skills, talents, and interests can best be utilized throughout your career.

  • Complete the program while you work.  100% online!
  • No set class times, but plenty of opportunity to engage with your professors and classmates.
  • Identify topics that appeal to you and hone your interests through a writing-focused special topics course
  • Develop personal relationship/mentorships with faculty members.
  • Opportunities to publish through Millersville journal submissions.
  • Development of a Digital Portfolio to showcase your work to current or future employers.
  • Writing opportunities that let you engage with community partners and network.


As a student focusing on Writing Studies, you will develop professional skills, enhance creativity, and focus communication with proven rhetorical strategies. You will learn to move audiences with your words.

The rhetorical approach we take positions the study writing as strategic, purposeful, and adaptable. The skills you learn in one class transfer to the others and to a variety of professional writing situations.

Below are some of the areas that will enable you to expand your skill sets:

  • Technical writing – Gain the skills to effectively adapt technical expertise to real-world users in software documentation, instructional guides, grant proposals and more.
  • Business writing – Enhance your ability to design texts like cost/ benefit analyses, financial reports, and internal and external communication for organizations.
  • Science Writing – Communicate the importance of scientific research to audiences ranging from specialists to policymakers to enthusiasts and beyond. You may need to utilize scientific writing to advance a concept or initiative for your employer. 
  • New Media – Reach audiences in new and powerful ways using new methods of communication like Web Content, Twitter, blogs and future technology.
  • Creative writing – Creativity in your writing will be interwoven throughout different courses to show you how to use the written word to compel readers.

Career Opportunities

Some examples of career opportunities for our Writing Studies graduates are:

  • Technology Industry
  • Videogame Industry
  • Content Management
  • Publishing
  • Blogging
  • Teaching English [Internationally]
  • Business
  • Marketing
  • Advertising
  • Law
  • Copywriting
  • Reviewing
  • Editing
  • Usability Testing
  • Feature Writing
  • Author
  • Playwright
  • Screenwriter
  • Technical Writer
  • Social Media Writer
  • Corporate Blogger
  • Grant and Proposal writer