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The mission of the Department of English is to provide transformative learning experiences in the multiple fields that comprise English studies. To fulfill this mission, faculty teach students to read and think critically about texts, to write effectively and creatively for multiple audiences and in multiple contexts and to apply best practices when teaching English in secondary and post-secondary settings. The Creative Writing program prepares English graduates to be productive, creative, ethical and engaged citizens and to contribute to the intellectual, cultural, economic and social advancement of our local and global communities.

Courses You'll Take

Students pursuing this degree will complete a total of 33 hours: nine hours of theory and research, nine hours of required seminars, nine hours of approved writing courses, three hours of approved electives, and three hours of capstone experience. 

Degree Sheet

Requirements for Admission

  • Online application for admission.
  • Official copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts from each institution attended with all degrees posted. All transcripts must be from accredited institutions.
  • Transcripts must show:
    • A minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA (overall) or 3.0 undergraduate GPA (last 60 hours completed); and, 18 hours of English (3000-or above) with a 3.0 GPA.
    • Students may gain conditional admission by achieving a score of 150 (verbal) and 4.5 (analytical writing) on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  • Students with a native language other than English must submit evidence of English language proficiency.
  • Writing Sample: A 20-page (double-spaced) writing sample in a single approved creative writing genre (section of novel, short story, poems, screenplay or creative nonfiction essay).
  • A two-page (double-spaced) essay detailing the applicant’s reading habits.
*Students falling below these standards may qualify for conditional admission.

Career Opportunities

There are various career opportunities for  creative writing majors, including: 

  • Teacher (with K-12 certification)
  • Professor (with a doctoral degree)
  • Editor
  • Copyeditor/Proofreader
  • Professional Writer
  • Technical Writer
  • Novelist
  • Screenwriter/Playwriter
  • Attorney (with a law degree)
  • Journalist
  • Critic
  • Game narrative writer
  • Speechwriter
  • Grant writer
  • Research analyst
  • Non-Profit activist/lobbyist
  • Literary Agent
  • Librarian (with MLS degree)
  • Public Relations Specialist

Community Opportunities

Take advantage of these opportunities in the metro which may spark your interest and even boost your resume.