If you define yourself as a writer, our unusually flexible program will prepare you for the artistic and professional challenges that lie ahead. You'll gain the critical thinking skills and practical experience needed for a career in book, magazine, or online publishing, journalism, marketing and public relations, or creative writing. Or you may opt for graduate study in writing, literature, composition and rhetoric, or law.
As a writing major you'll develop your expertise through theory and practice in a variety of genres. If you choose, you may select a concentration in creative writing, nonfiction, feature writing, or professional writing. Because writing is the expression and analysis of something beyond itself, you'll also fulfill a foreign language requirement and complete 18 to 21 credits in an outside field. You might take an English literature minor to broaden your knowledge of published fiction and poetry, for example, or pursue coursework in politics or sociology to prepare you for a future in journalism.
Ample opportunities to publish your work exist with the College's award-winning newspaper and other publications, including Stillwater, the writing department's literary magazine. Master classes with distinguished visiting writers and our extensive network of internships with top publishing houses, newspapers, magazines, museums, advertising agencies, and nonprofit organizations provide even more ways to practice your craft and gain the confidence you'll need for professional success.