Creative writing and literature degree requirements

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The craft of writing encompasses many disciplines, và there are many related college majors to choose from. Potential writing majors should keep in mind the conventional advice about selecting a college và program. Issues like geography và kích cỡ are important. But the most critical characteristic to lớn consider after that is what kind of writing you hope to vày in the future—perhaps fiction, journalism, poetry, or business writing. Each has chất lượng qualities.

Once you"ve sầu got an idea of your preferred genre, you are ready khổng lồ choose a specific writing major và writing degree program that works for you. Do you evenneed a college degree to be a writer? This also depends on the kind of writing you aim khổng lồ bởi, but, in general, a college education can greatly increase career opportunities.

Here are đôi mươi writing majors for college students seeking a writing degree:


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One can major in just "writing." A general writing major offers a variety of writing classes in different genres & prepares you for many different specialties within your writing career. Some allow you to lớn customize your experience by selecting a module that lets you concentrate on a specific nibít or specialty.

Professional Writing

The professional writing major is similar lớn a general writing degree, without the more creative sầu elements available, such as work in poetry or creative writing. This is a career-oriented writing program, & the one most recommended to aspiring freelance writers.

Professional writing can break down into specializations such as editing & publishing, digital/technical writing, và writing for non-profits.

Technical Writing

Technical writing, science writing, and business writing are the "user-friendly" writing careers. These writers alặng lớn make complicated information friendly khổng lồ readers.

Technical writing involves providing simplified text about complicated or specialized topics for users who need it. Your classes may focus on understanding your end user (audience). You will also learn to lớn produce different composition formats—such as White papers, instruction manuals, assembly instructions, và công nghệ support. 

 In addition, you may want to lớn consider a combined major in technical writing & another discipline.

Science & Medical Writing

Science & medical writing career opportunities are growing, just lượt thích other health & STEM career fields.Science writing, science journalism, science communications và medical writing are all legitimate standalone majors for aspiring writers. Medical writing majors seem to lớn be limited to lớn graduate programs.

Business Writing

Although you can find business writing most often taught within business colleges as part of business administration programs, there are standalone majors available.

This writing major would be ideal for those looking to lớn practice the craft within a corporate environment.

Creative sầu Writing

Earning a BA in creative sầu writing will give you the two things you need most as a writer: practice và feedbachồng. Although creative sầu writing may be the tên miền of aspiring authors, freelance writers can also make a living by writing creatively. This is a writing major that is readily available nationwide.

English/English Literature

This major seems khổng lồ be the default when more specialized programs aren't available.

A major in English forces you to lớn write, và then rewrite. That constant practice can hone your writing skills, and expose your writing weaknesses. The editing requirement will also help any freelance writer. A major in English will also teach you to read critically & retìm kiếm thoroughly.


The solid skills that accompany a journalism degree are a great selling point. Of course, if you"re looking khổng lồ write specifically for newspapers & magazines, this is your major. This program is ubiquitous, but students may also consider specialty degrees in topics such as art journalism.


There is a stand-alone major in publishing offered at many universities, but these majors seem to be for those interested in working for publishers, and are not aimed specifically at writers. Most publishing majors vì offer a fair amount of editing instruction, so they could prove helpful in launching a freelance writing or freelance editing career.


An undergrad degree in linguistics will really push a student writer into lớn the minutiae of language. You'll learn to lớn manipulate words & syntax in a very thorough and specific way, which will bolster your writing.

Linguistics is one of the more commonly available undergrad programs.

Liberal Arts

A general degree in the liberal arts or humanities covers a wide range of subjects và will bolster retìm kiếm và writing skills, while also giving you some more specific subject matter expertise to work with.

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Since much of the education major deals with pedagogy và curriculum development, along with the development of written materials, it's a potential choice for writers who want lớn specialize in writing for school và reference markets.

Education writing is a fertile career nibịt. There are also many editing opportunities available with curriculum development companies and textbook packagers.

Rhetoric/Rhetorical Studies

You may consider majoring in rhetoric if you're drawn to analyzing words và text, và how composition and speech ​are used khổng lồ influence others, further agendas, construct narratives, or create policies.

This would be an ideal major for those interested in writing in law, policy, politics, non-profit, social justice, or related topics.

Theatre/Cinema Studies

If you're specifically interested in scriptwriting, screenwriting, film criticism, or arts journalism, you may want lớn consider theater or cinema majors that include some coursework in these topics. Cinema studies, specifically, may be housed within a larger truyền thông department or truyền thông studies program.

Communications/Mass Communications

General communications degrees are available, as well as more specific degrees lượt thích mass communications, media, or truyền thông communications.

Communications studies are sometimes more general, covering everything from television to politics khổng lồ technical topics, so be sure lớn narrow down what you really want in your program, or look for programs that offer concentrations within the major, so that you can focus on writing aspects. 

Media or media communications programs are often focused on journalism or marketing/advertising.

Digital Communications

As opposed to lớn the more general communications programs described above, digital communications programs often focus on mobile, online, or interactive sầu communications.

Many writers want lớn specialize in web or social truyền thông media writing và communications. Be sure to kiểm tra out related majors in "new media" or "emerging media".

Media/New Media/Emerging Media/Social Media

Those who want to write specifically for online, interactive sầu, or sản phẩm điện thoại platforms will want lớn check out these relatively new programs and degrees.

Although a more general media degree will likely include many aspects of communications or mass communications, it will also cover the emerging media market.

However, if you'd like a program that is more specific & focused solely on social media, emerging truyền thông and so on, look for schools offering concentrations in those specialties.


Marketing is a fairly safe choice for writers hoping to concentrate on copy generation, copywriting, or some types of media/new truyền thông media. It"s also a great choice for writers who prefer lớn work within a corporate environment. For freelance writers, this major will mix you up khổng lồ nab some lucrative clients.

Undergrad degrees in kinh doanh are fairly easy lớn find. But some colleges offer a specialization in writing or copywriting.


Writers looking to lớn focus on a copywriting career aren't limited to lớn a kinh doanh degree. Some schools offer advertising and copywriting.

Public Relations

A public relations degree will teach you khổng lồ manage messages and effectively communicate with clients và the public—skills freelancers and other writers use daily.

In addition, truyền bá coursework is heavy in writing instruction. You could also support your writing goals by minoring in a writing field while working on a truyền bá degree.

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Writing Majors: Choice & Customization

A writing major can tailor their educational program lớn very specific needs and goals. Students và future writers should consider their desired genre, preferred work setting, & their own talents when designing their college program và choosing a writing major.

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