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BA in Creative Writing - Nonfiction Writing

Southern New Hampshire University's Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing with a concentration in Nonfiction Writing program is designed to help students develop research and storytelling skills while cultivating their own narrative voice. Read more about the Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing with a concentration in Nonfiction Writing program here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing with a concentration in Nonfiction Writing

School Offering Program:

Southern New Hampshire University

Program Prerequisites:

Interested applicants to the Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing with a concentration in Nonfiction Writing program should have a passion for writing and a desire to develop the skills needed to produce researched-based factual literary works. All applicants to Southern New Hampshire University programs must have earned a high school diploma or equivalent.

Program Description:

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing with a concentration in Nonfiction Writing program at Southern New Hampshire University have the opportunity to develop skills in creative writing for nonfiction and feature magazine articles, research, and narrative voice development through three nonfiction writing workshops. In addition to general education requirements, coursework examines the history of English, contemporary critical literary theory, the publishing industry, and factors that influence the literary market. There are also publishing opportunities through the school's student literary journal, The Manatee, and its national journal, Amoskeag.

Learning Format:

Online

Financial Aid Available:

Federal financial aid is available to those who qualify in the forms of loans and grants. Contact the SNHU Financial Aid office to learn more about your financial aid options.

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Required Courses for a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing with a concentration in Nonfiction Writing:

Nonfiction Writing Courses

  • ENG 330: Nonfiction Writing Workshop
  • ENG 341: Intermediate Nonfiction Writing Workshop
  • ENG 351: Advanced Nonfiction Writing Workshop

Creative Writing Major Courses

  • ENG 226: Introduction to Creative Writing
  • ENG 340: Context of Writing: Contemporary Writers and Publishing
  • ENG 350: The English Language
  • ENG 431: Advanced Creative Writing
  • LIT 300: Literary Theory
  • LIT 319: Shakespeare
  • LIT ELE: One 200-level LIT elective
  • LIT ELE: One 400-level LIT elective

B.A./B.S. Core Skills Courses

  • ENG 120: College Composition I
  • ENG 121: College Composition II
  • MAT 130: Applied Finite Math
  • MAT ELE: Mathematics Elective
  • COM 212: Public Speaking
  • IT 100: Introduction to Information Technology
  • SNHU 101: First Year Seminar/Foundations in Critical Thinking

B.A./B.S. Core Knowledge Courses

  • Choose one of the following:
    • FAS 201: Introduction to Humanities I
    • FAS 202: Introduction to Humanities II
    • FAS 223: Appreciation and History of Music
    • FAS 340: Modern Art
    • FAS 370: American Art
  • Choose one of the following:
    • HIS 109: Western Civilization I
    • HIS 110: Western Civilization II
    • HIS 113: United States History I
    • HIS 114: United States History II
  • Choose one of the following:
    • PHL 210: Introduction to Western Philosophy
    • PHL 212: Introduction to Ethics
    • PHL 214: Logic, Language, and Argumentation
    • PHL 230: Religions of the World
  • Choose one 200-level Literature Elective
  • Choose one Science Elective (not SCI 215)
  • Choose four other electives:
    • Social and Behavioral Science Elective (ATH, ECO, POL, PSY, SOC, SSC)
    • No more than two of these four in the same discipline

Post-Graduation Opportunities:

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing with a concentration in Nonfiction Writing program who wish to further develop their writing skills may consider earning a master's degree. Those who earn a master's degree may be prepared for more advanced career opportunities. Below are just a few of the master's programs available that graduates may be interested in pursuing:

  • Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing
  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction
  • Master of Arts in Journalism

Career Paths:

Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing with a concentration in Nonfiction Writing program could have the skills needed to seek entry-level positions at newspapers, magazines, publishing houses, and even online. Potential career paths could include:

  • Copywriter
  • Journalist
  • Literary Agent
  • Author