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Do any majors fit this bill?

icor1031icor1031 101 replies33 threads Junior Member
I want to learn to write in a way that's: engaging/enjoyable, logically accurate, grammatically accurate, and persuasive.

My assumption is that I'd want a major which is a combination of: marketing/propaganda, rhetoric, English comp, creative writing, and logic.

Does such a major exist? Or, is there one that seems close, even if it doesn't meet all of these points? It can even be one of the majors I listed; I don't intimately understand the content of each.
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  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone 23831 replies17 threads Senior Member
    In any major, you can and will take courses in other areas to complement your major. If you major in creative writing, and you find you need an English course, take it. If you want marketing, take a business course.
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  • zapfinozapfino 2715 replies122 threads Senior Member
    No single major will fully encompass all the skillsets you mentioned. Since your primary focus is writing and this underpins everything else you mentioned, I would recommend an English major with coursework in literature and writing to develop your skills in "engaging/enjoyable" writing and coursework in English linguistics for the grammar aspect. This could be combined with a second major or minor in Rhetoric or Speech/Communication that includes coursework relevant to the persuasion aspect. Elective coursework in Political Science (political communication) or Psychology (social psychology) could also be relevant to persuasion, too. A major in either of those areas, however, probably shifts the focus away from writing and requires the study of other areas less central to your purpose. The same might be said of a major in Marketing or Advertising, although certain elective courses would be relevant to the persuasion aspect. Elective coursework in a Philosophy department would be useful for developing skills in logic. The study of classical languages would enhance your grammar skills and elective coursework in Greek and Roman rhetoric would be relevant to the persuasion aspect.
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  • EconPopEconPop 497 replies8 threads Member
    icor1031 wrote: »
    I want to learn to write in a way that's: engaging/enjoyable, logically accurate, grammatically accurate, and persuasive.

    My assumption is that I'd want a major which is a combination of: marketing/propaganda, rhetoric, English comp, creative writing, and logic.

    Does such a major exist? Or, is there one that seems close, even if it doesn't meet all of these points? It can even be one of the majors I listed; I don't intimately understand the content of each.

    Investigate majoring in economics and minoring in marketing. Some careers that result from an Economics degree involve a fair amount of writing reports and analysis, proposals and the like. And it would scratch that itch for logic and persuasion.

    OTOH, it may not be a creative enough outlet if you primarily enjoy writing fiction.
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  • collegemom3717collegemom3717 7227 replies69 threads Senior Member
    Marketing doesn’t teach you to write in the ways you describe.

    But the real question is *why* do you want to go to college to learn to write that way? The larger goal will help you figure out the best path. Remember that at most universities you don’t have to declare a major until the end of 2nd year, so you have time to try classes in several fields.
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  • icor1031icor1031 101 replies33 threads Junior Member
    edited September 2019
    Thanks for all of the input.
    EconPop wrote: »
    OTOH, it may not be a creative enough outlet if you primarily enjoy writing fiction.

    No problem, because I hate fiction.
    edited September 2019
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  • juilletjuillet 12724 replies162 threads Super Moderator
    An English major, or a writing major, will give you most of what you are looking for.

    A lot of people tend to believe that you need experience in the precise, exact thing that you want to do in order to learn skills for it. For example, the assumption is often that if you want to write good marketing copy, you should major in something that is going to have you practicing writing marketing copy over and over.

    But college is not vocational school. Moreover, transferable skills are what you're looking at. The foundations for good, logical, engaging, persuasive language can be found in a variety of majors that make you write a lot - English probably chief among them, philosophy another, history yet another.

    The traits of good, persuasive, engaging writing are relatively similar whether you're writing the Great American Novel or the Great American Marketing Campaign. If you study the way great writers hone and spin their craft, you'll be well prepared to do the same in nonfiction.

    Don't be so quick to dump on fiction; you can learn a wealth of great narrative craft there. I am a very good writer and I use a lot of principles I learned from analyzing and writing fiction to write persuasively in business settings. (Additionally, a lot of business writing is truly awful.)

    You can also take classes in more than just your major - so it is very possible for an English major to also take classes in marketing and philosophy.
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