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The opportunity to hone your writing. The chance to express yourself. The skills to read like a writer. That’s what a bachelor’s degree in creative writing from Ball State offers. Our rigorous and immersive coursework prepares you to become an excellent writer, critical thinker, and a creative force across a variety of industries and job categories.

What You Will Learn

  • creative thinking and critical analysis
  • the importance of research
  • the importance of close observation and deep curiosity
  • how to write in a variety of genres, including screenwriting
  • how to collaborate and work as a team
  • how to respond to works-in-progress through the workshop method
  • how to revise based on feedback from students and faculty
  • how to prepare a portfolio of revised and polished work

All of the above are enduring skills that will remain relevant regardless of changes in the job market and are truly transferrable across a wide range of careers and disciplines.

What Can You Do with an English Major?

We’re asked this question all the time. Our answer: A lot. You will learn skills that transfer across hundreds of possible careers and industries—some of which may not even exist yet. Our graduates go on to work in marketing, publishing, non-profit fundraising, speechwriting, as well as in countless other fulfilling occupations.

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What It’s Like to Study Creative Writing

Our teaching-focused faculty members include screenwriters, filmmakers, and widely published writers of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Their excellent work has been recognized with numerous national and international honors, which include fellowships, and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Harvard University, and the Indiana Arts Council.

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Our robust student writing community and workshop-focused classes give you a chance to develop soft skills, such as the ability to collaborate, give and receive constructive criticism, manage interpersonal relationships, and more.

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The creative writing major’s minimal number of credits (36) give much flexibility in terms of double majoring or having a creative writing major with dual minors. For example, while majoring in creative writing you could also be a film and screenwriting minor and a professional writing minor and still graduate in four years.

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Take your writing skills outside the classroom: edit our national literary magazine, meet writers and editors, teach kids to write, or see your scripts made into a movie.

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Promoting Change

English faculty and students are express their dedication to social and educational justice in many different ways—and you can help. You can work on a young-adult literature magazine that addresses diversity—or the lack thereof. You can learn to teach English to speakers of other languages. You can mentor young writers.

Major Requirements

Our creative writing program engages writers in all personal and professional aspects of their artistry and encourages the habit of lifelong writing and creative thinking.

To earn a bachelor’s degree in creative writing, you must complete the University Core Curriculum and 36 credits from coursework specific to creative writing.

Four semesters (or the equivalent) of a modern or classical language at the college level are also required.

Total Credits

120

Classes

Some of our hallmark courses include:

  • ENG 489 Literary Editing: The Broken Plate—gives you a chance to edit and publish content in a national literary magazine
  • ENG 409 Creative Writing in the Community—opens doors to working in the community via helping kids learn to write their own stories and poems
  • ENG 285 Intro to Creative Writing—provides a multi-genre introduction to the craft of creative writing
  • ENG 405 Special Topics—a rotating course that focuses on various focused topics in creative writing
  • ENG 406, 407, 408, and 410—advanced-level workshops in every genre: creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry and screenwriting

For a complete list of all the courses you will take and their descriptions, consult our Course Catalog.
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Paying for Your Education

Department Scholarships

In addition to the dozens of scholarships the university offers its students, our department gives awards to acknowledge the excellence and achievements of our own majors and minors. Learn more.

Application Process and Requirements

Are you interested in pursuing this major? The first step is to review Ball State’s admissions criteria and apply as an undergraduate student.

Want to Learn More?

One of the best ways to understand why Ball State stands out is to come see it for yourself. You can schedule a visit through our Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Make sure to tell them you’re interested in our program. Or if you’d like to speak with someone in our department directly by phone or email, please contact us.