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English & Professional Writing

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

English & Professional Writing is a single degree program blending both fields of study: English keeps open the possibility of graduate work in English, while Professional Writing gives students the practical skills for professional writing work.  

The only dual qualification program of its kind in Canada.  

This degree option provides a great range of practical skills in addition to theoretical and critical scholarship. Our courses bring the community into the classroom through various practical activities, such as writing web content, podcasting, editing and publishing materials and working with community organizations.

What you’ll learn 


  • Professional writing techniques
  • Introduction to literary study and literary criticism
  • Digital writing
  • Editing & publishing

Hands-on experiences 


  • Book and Bookmaking
  • Digital Authoring
  • Periodical Publishing and Writing 
  • Organizational/Business Writing

I was drawn to the English and Professional Writing program because of the ability to focus on book publishing. Coming out of high school, I knew I excelled at English, but I didn't think the English program was going to be for me. The English & Professional Writing program allows students to choose between four fields of interest, and prepares them for real jobs in the writing field.

—Mackenzie Shaw
English & Professional Writing Major

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For general enquiries or to book an appointment, please contact us at lapswrit@yorku.ca