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Writing and Publishing

More blogs. More ebooks. More social media accounts. More bingeworthy Netflix shows. One of the hallmarks of the digital age is that there’s just more everything. Luckily for aspiring writers like you, all that content has to come from somewhere.

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We live in a world where text-production and circulation is more ubiquitous, more rapid, and more complex than ever before. Even small businesses find that their websites are hungry for ever-new content and that their customers expect increasingly sophisticated communications. The Baltimore-Washington region, in particular, is home to a large number of companies, trade organizations, and government agencies that rely on writers who can create, edit, and manage a publication pipeline. Strong writers with digitally literate content-creation skills are in high demand.

In the Writing and Publishing major, housed in McDaniel’s English department, you’ll learn about what it takes to become a professional writer who’s built for success in this content-hungry era.

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
  • Marketers
  • Scholars and Professors
  • Editors

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

  • Marriott International, Inc.
  • Baltimore City Board of Education
  • U.S. Department of State
  • Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group
  • Capital-Gazette Communications, Inc.
  • Maryland Ensemble Theatre

Distinctive Courses

ENG 3309 - Approaches to Everyday Discourse

An introduction to rhetorical methods for analyzing such “texts” as speeches, editorials, advertisements, sports writing, movie reviews, and talk radio programs. Students will learn to identify patterns in everyday discourse and to recognize and explain the persuasive powers these forms exert over audiences. The course develops students as critical observers and consumers of everyday discourse.

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.

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 3319 - Digital Publishing

In this course focused on web design and analysis, students create persuasive arguments in the digital humanities and submit their projects to peer-reviewed magazines and journals. Students gain a basic understanding of web languages (i.e., HTML and CSS) and rhetorical theory for analyzing websites. Readings will focus on constructing digital arguments using the principles of digital rhetorical theory. In completing the course, students will be able to make a website from scratch, manipulate web templates, add interactive elements to a site, and communicate effectively with web designers about design.

Want to see more courses? Select your program of interest below.

Special Opportunities

Summer Research Team

The McDaniel Free Press

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.

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.