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Student writing in notebook outside of Budapest campus.


If you’ve ever felt moved by a book or a poem, or got addicted to a binge-worthy TV show, or cracked up at a surprisingly funny tweet—and then thought, I could do that… well, you probably can. And you should definitely try. And McDaniel’s Writing minor is the perfect place to start.

Degree Types
Complementary Programs
Distinctive Requirements
Opportunity to work in the Writing Center
Novel-writing workshops

Choose from a variety of classes that introduce you to writing across multiple genres, from poems to short stories, from standup comedy to podcast episodes. Along the way, you'll read classical and modern works by writers from many different cultures, to learn how writing truly can transcend boundaries. Your professors will guide you through the steps that will help your own writing get out of your head and into the real world.

Future Career Paths

An English degree from McDaniel College prepares students for employment in a variety of fields and provides them the tools to be successful in their jobs. Our graduates have gone on to law school and pursued academic study. They’ve also become novelists, journalists, teachers, social media marketers, scholars, and editors.

Recently, students from McDaniel’s English department have found career placements at:

  • Agora, Inc.
  • The Oxford Club, LLC
  • Baltimore City Board of Education
  • U.S. Department of State
  • Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group
  • Capital-Gazette Communications, Inc.
  • Maryland Ensemble Theatre
  • The Walt Disney Company

Distinctive Courses

ENG 2104 - Humor Writing

This course is designed to help students develop their skills in humor and comedy writing. Although the focus is on prose intended for readers, students will also have the opportunity to write commonly performed pieces that also apply when read (such as podcast scripts and short plays). Similar to the creative process used in writing longer prose, students will also brainstorm and refine very short forms of humor that sometimes stand alone in popular culture, such as jokes and wordplay associated with standup comedy, bumper stickers, and t-shirts.

ENG 2207 - Creative Writing—Fiction

A workshop in writing short fiction. Student writing will be critiqued weekly in the class workshop. Students will read and analyze modern and contemporary short fiction by such authors as Welty, Hemingway, O’Connor, and Oates.

ENG 2209 - Memoir Writing

A creative-writing course in which students learn techniques for turning autobiographical experiences into nonfiction stories. Students read published works (memoir, essay) to explore the craft of creative nonfiction. Student writing will be critiqued regularly in the class workshop.

ENG 3307 - Social Media: Rhetoric and Design

Students explore the rhetorical and cultural effects of social media as well as the shifting expectations for writers in these environments. Along with investigating how self and society are shaped by the ways information is presented, collected, vetted, and shared, students work with a variety of social media platforms to create a coherent web presence designed for real audiences. In the course, students learn to effectively curate information, create infographics, podcast, blog, and vlog.

Writing Program Requirements

Special Opportunities

Students outside of Budapest campus.

Writing Opportunities

Flex your literary muscles. Publish your fiction and poetry in the student-run Contrast Literary Magazine, get a job in the Writing Center helping fellow students polish their papers, or write a column for the student-run newspaper, the McDaniel Free Press.

Header from the Westminster Detective Library website

Westminster Detective Library Research Opportunities

McDaniel is home to the Westminster Detective Library, founded by professors Mary Bendel-Simso and the late LeRoy Panek. You can explore the history of detective fiction in the United States as a research assistant, or browse it for literary inspiration.

The McDaniel Commitment in Action

The McDaniel Commitment—a series of opportunities guaranteed to all students—provides enhanced mentoring and coaching, and ensures every undergraduate student completes at least two meaningful experiential learning opportunities.

Meghan Carlton Phillips portrait.

Alumna wins National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship

Meghan Carlton Phillips, ’08 was awarded $25,000 for her flash fiction creative writing, as a recipient of a 2020 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Creative Writing Fellowship in prose.

Chaucer Conf, Samantha Yates, Prof Corey Wronski Mayersak, Megan Mitchell

Students present their modern adaptation of Chaucer at national conference

When Samantha Yates and Megan Mitchell decided to rewrite Chaucer’s “The Book of Duchess” into a modern tale of love, loss and grief as their project for their Medieval Visions & Visionaries course, neither imagined their creative adaptation would place them at the podium at a national conference.