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Creative Writing Major

As a creative writing major you can expect to receive hands-on experience that will benefit your future as a writer. Faculty will help you improve your craft through writing workshops. This will allow you to focus on creating your content and provide the flexibility to discover your voice through high level analysis and critical thinking.

By The Morning Light

Writing major students were given the opportunity to participate in a new show, "By The Morning Light" that took place on campus and included work of 25 local photographers. Read through the work of our current creative writing students.

Program Overview

In the creative writing major, you will work closely with faculty in multiple genres to cultivate the power of individual expression and develop your own voice. Through intensive training in both creative writing and cultural studies, you will build the highly marketable skills of critical thinking, nuanced analysis, creativity, communication and collaboration. Accordingly, creative writing students thrive as copywriters, content designers, marketing and public relations specialists, technical writers, podcasters and best-selling authors.

Program Concentrations

This program is made up of the following concentrations. Learn more about concentrations.

Concentration Overview

The practice of writing emphasizes the importance of critical thinking, reading, and expression as a means of understanding the past and present and thinking wisely about the future.

Concentration Overview

The exploration of cultural studies fosters engagement with literature, film, creative writing, and other art forms. Through this investigation, students learn to think beyond their own experiences and to understand how their ideas and actions shape the world they live in.

Concentrations on this page are required for this program. Additional courses or concentrations may need to be added to meet program or credit requirements.

Program Coursework

The specific degree requirements on the website are for illustrative purposes and may change at any time. Please contact the Registrar's Office, Academic Advising or refer to the course catalog for detailed program requirements.

Liberal Arts Core

The Liberal Arts Core Curriculum is rooted in the Liberal Arts and our Franciscan heritage. It is designed to create a framework to develop knowledge, skills, and responsibilities necessary to educate students so that they will be prepared to contribute to the world guided by a concern for issues of justice and ethical behavior.

LEADERSHIP:  4 credits
  • Freshman Seminar (1 cr.)
  • Spiritual & Ethical Literacy (3 cr.) 
  • Personal Branding Communication (3 cr.)
  • Writing for the 21st Century (3 cr.)*
  • Quantitative Problem Solving (3 cr.)*
  • Language & Culture (3 cr.)
*For ‘Writing for the 21st Century’ (English) and ‘Quantitative Problem Solving’ (Math), you may need additional courses depending on your placement.

CORE LITERACIES:  15 credits – Choose one (1) course from each broad theme. Course options can be found in the course catalog or on the academic advising page. Broad themes are:
  • Narratives of Identity       (3 cr.)
  • Science, Environment & Culture (3 cr.)   
  • Social Tensions (3 cr.)    
  • The American Experience (3 cr.)
  • Approving the Better Things (3 cr.)

Professional Core

Culminating Experience

Giving students a culminating experience as well as practical work experience, the Professional Core is a graduation requirement for every Stritch student in a bachelor’s degree program. This bachelor’s degree program includes completion of the Professional Core consisting of three courses:
  • Pre-Internship
  • Internship
  • Capstone
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Jobs for Creative Writing Majors

You have limitless potential to fit into different areas as a creative writer. The skills you will learn in this program will be transferable into the workplace. You will be able to communicate, think and speak in different areas that will be marketable when looking to enter your next steps as a writer.

What can you do with a creative writing major?

  • Content Writer/Author
  • Copywriter
  • Journalist
  • Travel Blogger
  • Social Media Specialist
  • Email Marketing Specialist
  • Editor

Creative writing major salary

Contact admissions or the program faculty with questions about this program.


Laura A. Misco

Faculty - English