Bachelor's Degree Programs in Writing

Writing programs at the bachelor's degree level are available as a specialized major, concentration or a minor. Continue reading to find out about degree program options, coursework you'll likely take, online program availability, and your options after graduating. Schools offering English Reading & Writing degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Bachelor's Degrees Are Available in Writing?

Writing programs are available as both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degree programs. Many schools also offer a wide variety of concentrations within these programs as well. You can choose from majors such as creative writing, professional writing, technical writing or journalism. Another possible undergraduate degree option is a major in English with one or more of the above concentrations as a minor.

Bachelor's Degree Options Bachelor of Arts or Fine Arts
Common Courses English literature, copyediting, poetry, fiction, journalism
Online Degrees Both full and hybrid bachelor's degree programs in writing are available online
Career Options Reporter, technical writer, copyeditor, grant writer
Graduate Programs Master of Arts in Writing, Master of Fine Arts in Writing, Master of Education

What Courses Will I Take?

In addition to general education courses in topics such as history, philosophy, math and composition, you'll take courses designed to build your skills and knowledge in all facets of writing. Related classes in literature, publishing and, depending on the degree program, journalism are often included as well. You'll also take a core set of courses designed around the concentration you chose. Topics of study may include:

  • English literature
  • Technical writing
  • Professional writing
  • Copyediting
  • Poetry
  • Reporting
  • Fiction writing
  • Magazine writing
  • Journalism ethics
  • Copywriting

Writing programs may also have internship requirements or opportunities with student literary magazines, newspapers or workshops. Writing workshops are an integral part of many writing programs.

Can I Earn this Degree Online?

Online bachelor's degree programs in writing available, though on-campus programs are much more common. Online degree programs are available in concentration areas such as poetry, fiction writing, professional writing, screenwriting and creative writing. These programs are available fully online or as hybrids, requiring some to classes be completed on campus.

Are There Graduate Programs Available?

Graduates of a writing undergraduate degree program may immediately enter the workforce and obtain jobs such as reporter, technical writer, copy writer, editorial assistant, grant writer or writing tutor. You may also decide to further your studies by enrolling in a graduate program. Master of Fine Arts degree programs are available with concentrations in creative writing, technical writing, general writing or non-fiction writing. There are also Master of Arts degree programs available in journalism or Master of Education programs for those who would like to teach writing at the elementary through secondary levels.

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