Department of English
Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Creative Writing Program
Carnegie Mellon University houses one of a small number of English departments in the country offering a major in Creative Writing.
In the Creative Writing program, undergraduate students will develop talents in writing fiction, poetry, screenwriting, and creative nonfiction. While studying with faculty members who are writers, Creative Writing majors will read a wide range of literature and genres, sharpen critical and verbal skills, better explore the resources and potential of imagination, and develop a professional attitude towards writing. The extracurricular writing activities and a variety of writing internships available on and off campus provide valuable experiences for planning both professional and academic futures. After graduation, many Creative Writing majors go on to graduate writing programs and to careers in teaching, publishing, public relations, advertising, TV and film, or freelance writing and editing.
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Spotlight: Lauren Shapiro
Associate Professor of English Lauren Shapiro’s “Arena” featured in the New York Times among the Best Poetry of 2020.
In October of 2020, Professor Lauren Shapiro released her latest collection of poems, Arena. The publication has received high praise, including the honor of being selected as one of the top books of poetry for 2020 by the New York Times. According to author Elisa Gabbert, ” I’m one of those people who prefer sad music when they’re sad, and sad poetry too — someone else’s pain to harmonize with mine. These poems revolve around a single terrible moment (‘I was getting a haircut when I received the call. Then I kept receiving it forever’), a reminder of poetry’s filmic ability to slow and stop time. “
Department of English Language and Literature
Choosing English as a major, second major, minor or certificate is an incredibly practical decision. You will gain highly marketable skills that can make you a competitive job candidate in many sectors including business, education, government, health care, nonprofit, science and technology.
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As a student in the Department of English Language and Literature, you can choose from teaching and nonteaching undergraduate degrees in several concentrations such as world literature and creative writing. The department also offers undergraduate certificates in Creative Writing, Technical and Professional Writing, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). These certificates can be applied to any major or degree.
Nonteaching careers for English majors include writing/editing, publishing, public relations, law, business and industry, grant writing, banking and many others.
At the graduate level, the department offers a Master of Arts degree in English Language and Literature: Creative Writing Concentration.
Learn more about how to earn a major, minor, certificate or graduate degree in English Language and Literature.