The School of Arts & Sciences offers a major in creative and professional writing that provides students with the opportunity to gain pre-professional skills in editing, publishing and other writing related fields, while cultivating creative expression. Through extensive practice in various genres (poetry, fiction, writing for publication, creative nonfiction, etc.), students will develop valuable and versatile writing skills. Courses in copyediting and graphic design will give students important professional skills in editing, design and production that are essential for today’s digital contexts. Upon graduation, students will be prepared to enter professions requiring excellent skills in communication and teaching, creative expression, creative problem-solving, information literacy, analysis, writing and critical thinking. They will be prepared to work in professional publication industries, continue the study of writing and editing at the graduate level and submit their creative work for publication.
- Develop skills in developmental editing, copyediting and proofreading.
- Use the vocabulary of creative and professional writing genres.
- Analyze and interpret creative and critical texts.
- Understand and employ digital storytelling techniques in multimedia productions.
- Compose well-crafted creative work that undergoes substantial revision.
- Demonstrate fluency with the major forms of professional communication and tailor that knowledge to a particular professional context.
- Demonstrate the integration of theory and practice of creative and professional writing.
Please note that there is also a writing minor.