Students in the PWR track will become well practiced in composing purposeful, powerful, and persuasive writing that suits differing audiences, contexts, and media. Our program encourages students to select coursework targeted toward their professional interests and strengths—journalism, public relations, writing studies, and rhetoric—while exploring principles and tactics employed in writing across public, workplace, and educational settings
In addition to studying literature, you can choose your area of specialization in writing, selecting a variety of innovative courses on topics such as Social Media, Rhetoric and Argumentation, News Writing, and Writing for the Web.
- Small class sizes (12:1 student/faculty ratio) facilitate interaction with faculty members dedicated to teaching through personal attention to each student.
- Students and faculty in the PWR program recognize the power and dynamism of communication in the twenty-first-century workplace and work together to tailor courses, real-world writing opportunities, and the classroom environment to engage students in the kinds of investigative, enterprising, and creative strategies writing professionals use in their everyday work.
- Daemen offers 3 programs in 1 department which are aligned with the college’s mission and core competencies: Literature, Writing, and Communications.
- Our cohort approach allows for English majors to be in the same English courses their first four semesters.
- The core English curriculum prepares students for positions that require reading, writing, critical and creative thinking abilities, as well as for graduate study in a variety of professional fields.
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- PWR students write for and edit Insight, Daemen’s online student newspaper, and The Iconoclast, the campus literary magazine. They also run weekly meetings of Iconoclub, a workshop for creative writers. English Club members organize and participate in a variety of events, including the Shakespeare Banquet and literary trips abroad.
- Students gain real-world experience through both internship positions with area businesses and campus activities. Recent internships with employers such as BlueCross BlueShield, Shea’s Performing Arts Center, and British Petroleum have placed students in real work environments where they can practice their writing skills. PWR majors have also served as Academic Festival editors, writing coaches, and student leaders.
- Take advantage of the many opportunities in front of you. Visit the Tower of London and Westminster Abbey. Attend a conference and meet prize-winning journalists in Washington, D.C. Join Sigma Tau Delta, the national honor society for English majors. Share your work at a campus poetry reading. Put on scenes from a Shakespeare play and enjoy a Renaissance feast! Tour the homes of Emily Dickinson and Nathaniel Hawthorne, and walk around Thoreau’s Walden Pond.
Financial Associate for Digital Media, GroupM; Customer Care Agent, Yahoo!; Representative, Internal Revenue Service; Communications Assistant, The Fresh Air Fund; Writer, SAWS; Head of Reference Services and Lecturing Fellow, Duke University Law School; Marketing Project Coordinator, H&K Publications; Law Student, University of South Carolina School of Law; Counselor, Horizon Health Services; Brand Manager, Nestlé Purina North America; Entrepreneur, Storillo.
English-Professional Writing & Rhetoric, Class of 2020
“After I graduate from Daemen, I will have the skills I need to work in many kinds of positions. My dream job is a tie between working as a publicist for a company or celebrity, or working in the event planning industry. These professions not only involve what I am learning in the classroom, but also things that I learn through leadership positions with clubs and committees. I have a very big support system through my friends and Daemen faculty - they see my passion and my ability to excel in both areas.”