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Creative and Professional Writing, Minor

Saint Louis University's minor in creative and professional writing offers students an opportunity to gain experience in many different kinds of writing, from poetry and fiction to journalism and public relations. Students who complete the minor will strengthen their ability to compete in the many professional settings that demand extensive writing.


Keli Jackson, M.A., Department of Communication
Devin Johnston, Ph.D., Department of English

Curriculum Overview

Though English and communication majors frequently seek the creative and professional writing minor as an additional credential, students from any discipline may pursue it. 

This six-course, interdisciplinary program invites students to draw upon classes in both English and communication to gain practical training in writing poetry, fiction, essays, journalism and screenplays.

Minoring in creative and professional writing helps students develop and mature as writers by providing extensive practice in both creative and professional forms of writing. 

Internships and Careers

Several internship possibilities are available to students minoring in creative and professional writing at SLU, including opportunities in journalism, advertising and public relations. 

Graduates who have minored in creative and professional writing at SLU have found careers in journalism, copy editing, public relations, advertising and teaching. It can also prepare students for graduate study in creative writing or journalism. 

The creative and professional writing minor requires 18 credits of writing courses: nine credits from English and nine credits from communication. 4000-level writing courses in the English department may count both for the minor and as electives for the English major or minor.

Only one 3000-level course may count for both the minor and the English major or minor, as long as the student has already completed the 3000-level literature course required for the College of Arts and Sciences core.

English Courses 9
ENGL 3030-3100
English Course with an "English Creative Writing" attribute
ENGL 4050-4090
English Course with an "English Creative Writing" attribute
ENGL 4000
Professional Writing
ENGL 4010
New Media Writing
ENGL 4120
Writing with Style
Communication Courses
CMM 2100Journalism: News Writing3
or CMM 2120 Message Design
Plus two courses selected from:6
CMM 3110
Feature Writing
CMM 3120
Media Scriptwriting
CMM 3130
Editorial and Opinion Writing
CMM 3610
Writing for Public Relations
CMM 3710
CMM 4160
Total Credits18

Continuation Standards

All English courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher in order to count for English minor requirements and for the student to continue in the minor.