B.F.A. in Creative Writing
The B.F.A. in Creative Writing is a pre-professional degree that offers students intensive training in the writing of fiction, poetry, drama, creative nonfiction, and screenplays. In addition to courses in creative writing, students are required to write a senior thesis, to take courses in literature, to complete a writing-related internship, and to present their work in a solo reading during their final year. The Creative Writing Major hones students’ abilities to write and think imaginatively and critically.
Students will be able to:
- demonstrate competence to write and/or speak clearly in a variety of frameworks and genres.
- demonstrate the ability to think critically, creatively, and/or construct coherent arguments using claims and reasons supported by credible sources.
- demonstrate drafting, editing, and publishing skills and practices of a writer and critic, research “appropriate” publishing outlets for their writing, and draft an “appropriate” query letter and manuscript sample to send to publishers.
- participate in writing activities that support the campus, local and greater writing community through their work and various literary arts activities.
Some occupations related to creative writing are projected to grow 4 to 14 percent in the next 10 years.
“I've been writing poems since I was nine years old, and I've always loved learning. Gaining more knowledge and becoming a better writer through the BFA program has made me a better person. I've taken a lot of classes with Stephanie DeGhett and I really love her. She gives you enough of a prompt to start writing about a topic, and then she lets you explore what you want.”
Creative Writing Major