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BA in Creative Writing - Poetry

Aspiring poets and writers who have a desire to hone their literary craft may be interested in the Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing with a concentration in Poetry program at Southern New Hampshire University. Learn more about the Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing with a concentration in Poetry program here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing with a concentration in Poetry

School Offering Program:

Southern New Hampshire University

Program Prerequisites:

Applicants considering the Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing with a concentration in Poetry program should have a passion for the written word. They may be interested in pursuing careers in publishing, journalism, or advertising. All applicants to Southern New Hampshire University programs must have earned a high school diploma or equivalent.

Program Description:

Students enrolled in Southern New Hampshire University's Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing with a concentration in Poetry program have the opportunity to participate in three poetry-focused creative writing workshops beginning their freshman year. They will also be introduced to the mechanics of creative writing, the history of English, English linguistics, Shakespeare, and critical literary theory. The program also examines the history of the publishing industry, factors that influence the literary market, and current trends in publishing.

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 Poetry:

Poetry Courses

  • ENG 328: Poetry Writing Workshop
  • ENG 348: Intermediate Poetry Writing Workshop
  • ENG 358: Advanced Poetry 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:

In addition to preparing students for entry into the workforce, the Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing with a concentration in Poetry program can prepare students for graduate studies. Students who pursue a master's degree have the opportunity to further develop their literary knowledge and skills. Some master's programs that graduates may wish to consider include:

  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
  • Master of Fine Arts in Poetry
  • Master of Fine Arts in English
  • Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing

Career Paths:

The Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing with a concentration in Poetry program can help prepare students for a variety of employment opportunities in writing, publishing, advertising, and education, just to name a few. Graduates of the program could have the skills needed to pursue positions such as:

  • Author
  • Literary Agent
  • Copywriter
  • Associate Editor