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, teaching, or other writing-related fields.
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. Our diverse curriculum features more than 40 courses, including unique creative writing courses as well as experiential and service-based learning opportunities. You also might want to consider a minor in just about any field of study—from English to computer science, and from biology to outdoor adventure leadership. Skilled writers are always in demand, and majoring in writing while minoring in another field can help you pursue multiple interests and position yourself for success after college!
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.