Bachelors - Creative Writing: Nonfiction Writing

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Whether you are looking to prepare for a career as an author, journalist, or publisher, the Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing with a concentration in Nonfiction Writing program at Southern New Hampshire University can help you gain research and storytelling skills as you explore your creative boundaries and develop your own narrative voice. You can find out more about the Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing with a concentration in Nonfiction Writing program here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Southern New Hampshire University's online Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing with a concentration in Nonfiction Writing program introduces you to the craft of creative writing, including point of view, characterization, dialogue, conflict, imagery, and dramatic development. You'll have the opportunity to study literary theory, Shakespeare, and elements of English linguistics, such as etymology, vocabulary, syntax, and dialects. You can examine the historical development of literary cultures, the factors that impact the literary market, the evolution of the publishing industry, current trends in publishing, writing and publishing for digital formats, and how to submit your own works for publication. Throughout the program, you will provide thoughtful and constructive criticism on fellow students' works, as well as read and discuss the lives and works of influential contemporary writers. The program includes three nonfiction writing workshop courses, where you can explore nonfiction genres, develop your own nonfiction pieces and magazine feature articles, and write and present your own work for group discussion and critique.

What Are the Prerequisites?

If you're considering applying to the Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing with a concentration in Nonfiction Writing program, you should have strong communication and critical-thinking skills, and should enjoy writing. You may also have previously earned college credits, up to 90 credits of which could be transferrable. All applicants to Southern New Hampshire University programs must have earned a high school diploma or equivalent.

What Are the Course Requirements?

The Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing with a concentration in Nonfiction Writing program consists of eight core skills courses, nine core knowledge courses, three arts and science courses, and 11 free elective courses. Major coursework includes eight creative writing major courses and three nonfiction writing courses.

Creative Writing Major Courses

Course CodeCourse Name
ENG 226 Introduction to Creative Writing
ENG 340 Context of Writing: Contemporary Writers and Publishing
ENG 350 The English Language
ENG 421 New Media: Writing and Publishing
LIT 300 Literary Theory
LIT 319 Shakespeare
LIT ELE One 200 level LIT elective
LIT ELE One 400 level LIT elective
Free ELE Free electives (33 credits)

Nonfiction Writing Courses

Course CodeCourse Name
ENG 330Non-fiction Writing Workshop
ENG 341Intermediate Nonfiction Writing Workshop
ENG 351Advanced Nonfiction Writing Workshop

B.A./B.S. Core Skills Courses

Course CodeCourse Name
ENG 120College Composition I
ENG 200Sophomore Seminar
IT 100Introduction to Information Technology
COM 212Public Speaking
SNHU 303SNHU Experience: Life After SNHU*
SNHU 404 SNHU Experience: General Education Capstone*
*Or one free elective for Online and On location students and transfers with 15+ credits.
Choose two of the following:
MAT 101 Culinary Mathematics (Culinary Majors Only)
MAT 106 Math for Elementary Education I (Education Majors Only)
MAT 130 Applied Finite Math
MAT 140 Precalculus
MAT 200 Mathematics for the Humanities
MAT 210 Calculus I
MAT 230 Discrete Mathematics
MAT 240 Applied Statistics
MAT ELE Mathematics Elective Based on School

B.A./B.S. Core Knowledge Courses

Course CodeCourse Name
Choose one of the following:
FAS 201 Introduction to Humanities I
FAS 202 Introduction to Humanities II
FAS 223 Appreciation and History of Music
FAS 340 Modern Art
FAS 370 American Art
Choose one of the following:
HIS 109 Western Civilization I
HIS 110 Western Civilization II
HIS 113 United States History I
HIS 114 United States History II
Choose one 200 level Literature Elective
Choose one of the following:
PHL 210 Introduction to Western Philosophy
PHL 212 Introduction to Ethics
PHL 214 Logic, Language and Argumentation
PHL 230 Religions of the World
Choose one Science Elective (not SCI 215)
Choose four other electives:
Social and Behavioral Science Elective (ATH, ECO, POL, PSY, SOC, SSC)*
*No more than two of these four in the same discipline

School of Arts and Sciences Course Requirements

Course CodeCourse Name
FAS 201 Introduction to Humanities I: Greece through the Renaissance
FAS 202 Introduction to Humanities II: Baroque through Modern
Select one of the following:
COM 212 Public Speaking
HIS 114 United States History II
PHL 210 Introduction to Philosophy

What Could I Do After Graduation?

Career Opportunities

The communication, critical-thinking, research, and writing skills you gain in the Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing with a concentration in Nonfiction Writing program can be applied across many fields. As a graduate of the program, you could be prepared to seek writing opportunities with publishing houses, newspapers, magazines, and on the Internet. Positions you could pursue include, but are not limited to:

  • Writer
  • Publisher
  • Manuscript Reader
  • Literary Agent
  • Magazine Editor

Advanced Degrees

Completing the Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing with a concentration in Nonfiction Writing program can prepare you for graduate studies. Earning a graduate degree can prepare you for advanced roles in the literary world, publishing, journalism, or education. Examples of related master's degree programs you may wish to consider include:

  • Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing
  • Master of Fine Arts in Fiction and Nonfiction
  • Master of Education in Reading and Writing Specialist