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Bachelor of Arts in English – Creative Writing

Have you dreamed of publishing a novel? The University of St. Thomas offers an English degree with a creative writing emphasis, allowing you to cultivate your writing skills in a number of genres. Along with rigorous coursework, we offer a number of opportunities to learn more about publishing and writing throughout your college career, setting you up for long-term success.

Why Study English – Creative Writing at St. Thomas?

In addition to studying various forms of literature, you will take a four-course sequence focusing on the development of your own creative work. From studying poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction to participating in a workshop course empowering you to design and publish a literary magazine, our program will provide you with practical tools to be successful after graduation. Our graduates work in many different fields, including editing, publishing, journalism, law, medicine and engineering.

Thinking Creatively

  • Course Requirements
  • Four-Year Plan
  • Degrees Awarded
  • Outside the Classroom
  • Course Requirements

    In addition to a gateway course introducing you to English studies, you will take literature classes focusing on historical perspectives and different genres. You will then integrate a four-course sequence moving toward more focused work within genres piquing your interest.

    Four-Year Plan

    We want you to pursue your passions. We developed a sample four-year plan for you to get an idea of what a student’s career is like at St. Thomas.

    Degrees Awarded

    Bachelor of Arts in English – Creative Writing

    Outside the Classroom

    English students can apply for membership in Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, and its affiliated campus Literary Club. Students in the Literary Club go on theater outings and offer readings and other fun activities during the academic year.

    Course Requirements

    Course Requirements

    In addition to a gateway course introducing you to English studies, you will take literature classes focusing on historical perspectives and different genres. You will then integrate a four-course sequence moving toward more focused work within genres piquing your interest.

    Four-Year Plan

    Four-Year Plan

    We want you to pursue your passions. We developed a sample four-year plan for you to get an idea of what a student’s career is like at St. Thomas.

    Degrees Awarded

    Degrees Awarded

    Bachelor of Arts in English – Creative Writing

    Outside the Classroom

    Outside the Classroom

    English students can apply for membership in Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, and its affiliated campus Literary Club. Students in the Literary Club go on theater outings and offer readings and other fun activities during the academic year.

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    Career Paths

    We give you the tools and knowledge you need to work in a variety of different industries after graduation.

    • Lawyer
    • Novelist
    • Marketing specialist
    • Literary press editor
    • Communications officer

    Hands-On. Practical. Flexible.

    We offer a diverse array of courses that develop your skills in various areas, allowing you to be more flexible in your work after graduating from St. Thomas.

    Opportunities

    You can take an introduction to publishing course, which produces the award-winning Summit Avenue Review, our literary magazine.

    Acclaimed and Published

    Our critically acclaimed (and published) full-time faculty teach all creative writing classes, which means you will have direct access from experts.

    Internships

    We encourage our students to pursue internships during their undergraduate career. Internships are available at local publishers like Milkweed Press, Graywolf Press and more.

    Opportunities Abound

    Our students have the chance to study abroad, meet visiting writers and collaborate with faculty on research.

    STELAR

    The St. Thomas E-Learning and Research Center (STELAR) features technologies and workspaces for you to practice cutting-edge communication strategies for organizations.

    Center for Writing

    You can work in the Center for Writing and help fellow students learn crucial skills in writing and communication, providing a foundation for a career in professional writing.