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The creative writing major requires 33 hours. Students will study literary technique, style, form, genre, and the Anglo-American literary tradition while developing as poets, writers of fiction, creative nonfiction, and performance-based work.

Students who can write clearly and think creatively typically find jobs in a wide range of occupations, many of them located well beyond what is traditionally considered the career path of English or creative writing. Some of the most common jobs are editing/publishing, grant and proposal writing, feature film and television writer and digital copywriter just to name a few.

Program Objectives

Students will:

  1. Progress toward Critical Perspective: gain and demonstrate knowledge of an historically varied range of Anglophone literary texts by reading them and writing about them;
  2. Progress toward Creative Knowledge and Practice: Write and present in public creative work in different creative writing genres;
  3. Progress toward Professionalization: participate in a larger creative community through activities such as peer critiques, writers’ groups, meetings with professional writers, attendance at public events, submitting work to publications, and presenting work in public;
  4. Progress toward Self-actualization: a) articulate goals through formal written statements, informal journal entries, oral questions and answers, or other reporting methods and b) assess their own progress towards those goals through self-reflection artifacts.
Degree Options

Creative Writing, B.A.

Students will study literary technique, style, form, genre, and the Anglo-American literary tradition while developing as poets, writers of fiction, creative nonfiction, and performance-based work.

Creative Writing Minor

Non-majors interested in learning more about communication, english, film and theatre are encouraged to add it to their degree program as a minor.