Unleash your words to change the world.
Creative writing challenges, entertains, enlightens, and transforms – powers so potent authoritarians have tried to ban them from the earliest days of the written word. Major in creative writing at the University of Mary Washington and you’ll channel those powers as you develop your craft and build your body of original work. Become a more insightful reader and thinker as you gain the broad liberal arts and sciences knowledge to open a future without limits.
Students majoring in English: Creative Writing who complete all requirements earn the degree of Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English.
Areas of Study
Majors often go on to graduate school to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree; teach at the high school level; or work in the fields of publishing, editing, and public relations. They are also often lifelong writers, many going on to publish their own creative work.
Majors often go on to graduate school to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree; teach at the high school level; or work in the fields of publishing, editing, and public relations. They are also often lifelong writers, many continuing to place their creative work in magazines and journals, both print and online.
Students may complete for-credit internships to gain knowledge and job experience. Many students study abroad to increase cultural awareness, broaden their perspectives, and develop skills for an increasingly international employment marketplace.
To earn honors in English, you must have a 3.7 GPA in the major and earn an A on an honors project approved by your advisor.
The concentration requires 36 credits, including five creative writing courses and courses in linguistics and literature. Literature courses must include one pre-1900, one post-1900, and one course in literature of historically marginalized groups.
The Department of English and Linguistics offers numerous scholarships and awards, include some available specifically for the study of creative writing.