Colleges for Writing Majors and Undergraduate Writing Programs

Aspiring writers can pursue bachelor's degrees in English or a more specific field of writing, such as journalism, creative writing or technical writing. Many schools employ published faculty members and offer extra-curricular writing opportunities. Students may go on to pursue a Master of Arts or Master of Fine Arts in Writing.

How to Select a Writing School

Undergraduate students enrolled in a writing program typically earn a bachelor's degree in English, creative writing, journalism, communications or technical writing. Some college writing programs lead to an associate's degree. After finishing a bachelor's degree, graduate students interested in a writing career may earn a Master of Arts or Master of Fine Arts in Writing. Most graduate programs require that prospective students submit a writing portfolio in order to be accepted to a program.

Consider the following when looking for a school with a writing program:

  • Whether students wish to pursue creative writing, publishing, journalism or technical writing, they can find a school that offers a targeted degree program. For example, aspiring news reporters would do well to apply to a school that has a strong journalism program.
  • Prospective students should research the credentials of the professors who teach within the writing program.
  • Before choosing a college, future writing students need to check if the school offers writing opportunities outside of class. Contributing to literary journals, school newspapers and other school publications is an excellent way for writing majors to gain additional writing experience.

10 Schools with Writing Programs

College/University Institution Type
Emory University 4-year, Private
Hamilton College 4-year, Private
Johns Hopkins University 4-year, Private
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 4-year, Private
New York University 4-year, Private
Washington University in St. Louis 4-year, Private
University of Iowa 4-year, Public
Columbia University 4-year, Private
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 4-year, Public
Colorado College 4-year, Private

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