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Bachelors in creative writing

Bachelors in creative writing

Bachelors of Arts

Creative Writing

“An English/Creative Writing degree exposes you to diverse perspectives. It teaches you to think critically, to be quick on your feet, and adapt. These are the sort of skills that are applicable to nearly anything and can only support your interests, no matter what they might be.” –B.A. in Creative Writing alumna

Learn about contemporary writing and poetry from award-winning authors and develop your writing skills in small faculty and student workshops.

About the Major

Become a creative, powerful writer. As a student pursuing a B.A. in Creative Writing, you will develop your writing craft under the guidance of award-winning writers at one of the top-ranked creative writing programs in the country. In addition, you will build skills in writing, creativity, critical thinking, research, literary analysis, and independent thinking.

Areas of Study

You’ll take introductory, intermediate, and advanced courses in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, as well as courses in literature, language, literary analysis, publishing, and elective courses in a range of topics in the research specialties of our internationally renowned faculty. After your first year in the program, you will choose to specialize in either fiction, nonfiction, or poetry.

As a Creative Writing major, taking electives is part of the program, so we’ve also grouped together several unofficial “specialization areas” that emphasize skills, research directions, and preparation for potential careers. You can follow one specialization area, mix-and-match between them, come up with your own, or else ignore the whole thing entirely. Overall, these are just potential recommendations for anyone interested. Likewise, there’s no need to “declare” a specialization – just enroll in your chosen electives.

Double Major Options

The writing and analytical skills you’ll learn as a Creative Writing major can pair nicely with a second major in almost any field. Many of our students also double major in both Creative Writing and English (see double major requirements).

Career Pathways

Our graduates gain valuable skills that make them the top candidates for various employment opportunities and graduate programs. Your skills in creative writing, critical thinking, and literary analysis can be applied in a broad spectrum of industry and services. And you receive excellent training for graduate programs in creative writing, English, public policy, foreign service, rhetoric and composition, education, and many others.

Recent UA Creative Writing majors have put their degree to use in a wide variety of careers, including screenwriting, editing, publishing, technical writing, video game design, marketing, journalism, teaching, business, and professional writing.

Some of the career fields uniquely open to graduates with a Creative Writing B.A. include:

Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing

Our degree in creative writing enables you to channel artistic passion into professional output.

Oakland University’s degree in creative writing equips you to make a good living while you explore your potential as a writer. You will receive intensive training in fiction, poetry, memoir, essay and screenwriting from a nationally recognized college writing program, while acquiring marketable skills that are trending up in the job market. Our creative writing degree features intimate, graduate-style workshops led by successful authors and poets. But you can also acquire hands-on training and internship experience in digital storytelling, social media strategy and multimedia production. Whether you’re bound for the workforce or a graduate writing program, our bachelor’s degree in creative writing gives you a practical foundation for your future.

Oakland University’s degree in creative writing equips you to make a good living while you explore your potential as a writer. You will receive intensive training in fiction, poetry, memoir, essay and screenwriting from a nationally recognized college writing program, while acquiring marketable skills that are trending up in the job market. Our creative writing degree features intimate, graduate-style workshops led by successful authors and poets. But you can also acquire hands-on training and internship experience in digital storytelling, social media strategy and multimedia production. Whether you’re bound for the workforce or a graduate writing program, our bachelor’s degree in creative writing gives you a practical foundation for your future.

Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing: The Oakland University Advantage

Oakland’s creative writing program has won national attention for its pioneering embrace of new storytelling forms. You’ll get the opportunity to apply classical narrative forms in modern contexts that have both artistic and commercial merit, including podcasting, YouTube and other digital media.

Our bachelor’s degree in creative writing also allows you to:

  • Hone your craft. You’ll learn the nuts and bolts of storytelling in our creative writing program , with the freedom to focus on the genre(s) and style(s) that interest you most. You’ll master the fundamentals and then move beyond them, with the chance to experiment and grow artistically.
  • Get one-on-one mentoring from active writers. Our degree in creative writing is built around small, interactive workshops that are led by senior faculty (not graduate students). You’ll get personal attention from published writers who can help you channel creative passion into professional output.
  • Get real-world experience. Oakland’s creative writing program maintains an exceptionally robust list of internship opportunities. We have placed creative writing majors in professional settings that involve hands-on practice in teaching, tutoring, social media management, corporate and technical writing, public relations and many other skills.
  • Showcase your talent. Oakland University has a vibrant arts scene that includes five literary journals, student film festivals, theatrical productions and more. In addition, our faculty often help creative writing majors prepare their work for submission to magazines, journals, websites and other publications.
  • Belong to a supportive community. Our degree in creative writing operates on principles of inclusion and mutual support. We actively nurture a culture in which students respect each other’s talent, challenge each other to improve and take pride in each other’s successes.

What Can You Do With a Degree in Creative Writing?

If you aspire to attend graduate school, Oakland’s degree in creative writing offers excellent preparation. Nearly one-fourth of our creative writing majors go on to graduate school, with the majority receiving full-ride funding.

If you’re seeking to build income after graduation, there is a growing range of jobs you can get with a creative writing degree due to the growing demand for content for social media, websites and other digital platforms. Oakland University’s degree in creative writing provides you with a strong professional background that enables you to make a good income while you pursue artistic and creative growth.

After completing your bachelor’s degree in creative writing , you’ll be qualified for work in fields such as:

  • Website content development
  • Social media
  • Copywriting
  • Corporate communication
  • Education and tutoring
  • Digital storytelling

Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing: What You’ll Learn

The Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing with specialization in fiction includes five creative writing workshops and two courses in literary history, plus four electives in English. You have the option to substitute a sixth writing workshop for one of the electives.

Creative writing workshop options cover many genres, including:

  • Fiction
  • Screenwriting
  • Television writing
  • Poetry
  • Literary nonfiction
  • Play Writing

Electives in English are similarly diverse, with dozens of courses available. A brief sample of course titles includes:

  • The English Novel
  • Early American Literature
  • Modern Fiction
  • African American Literature
  • Modern Drama
  • Modern Poetry
  • Adaptation: Fiction, Drama, Film
  • Ethnic Literature

Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing Program Resources

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