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Asked by Trenton on August 7, 2017

What kind of writing degrees are there? I understand the obvious ones like journalism, but what are some other fields that would require a degree related to writing?

Answered by Rachel, Hiring Expert at Eaton, on August 14, 2017

Depending upon the college or university, some of the degrees available for writing include Creative Writing, Fine Arts, Engilish, Litterature, Communications, Library Science, Liberal Arts, Business/Technical/Medical Writing.  It depends on what type of writing you want to do as to what would be most beneficial for you.  Degrees are offered on-line as well in traditional format.   

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Answered by Eddie, Hiring Expert at Quest Diagnostics, on August 24, 2017

Hi there! For starters, English is a great major if you want to write; you can also consider Mass Communication (my degree) which would give you access to a mix of English, journalism and writing classes. If your focus is to be a reporter, that's a bit different. Your job is to write about what you see and hear with accuracy.  

One trend in media is for outlets to identify people who are experts in their fields. For example, I write and do radio interviews about recruiting based on my expertise. My ability to articulate my thoughts is almost secondary in a weird way. This is NOT to say that writing doesn't matter! It matters! What I mean is you may want to consider focusing on building your knowledge and experience in a particular area while building your writing skills. You may even consider majoring in one area while taking two or three writing classes as electives. This will give you a niche to focus on if you want to do more than report.

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Answered by Rachael, Hiring Expert at Merck & Co., Inc., on August 25, 2017

There are lots of different options – business and technical writing, digital strategy and digital communications, rhetorical studies, any sort of critique (theater criticism, etc.)

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