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    Dream of publishing the great American novel? You have to study them first. Creative writing majors study the works of Shakespeare, Hemingway, and Sylvia Plath, and of course, write. A lot. You’ll also learn how to analyze the work of other writers in your classes, and submit your own original work to peers for review in writer’s workshops.

    Courses include American poetry, contemporary poetry, playwriting, screenwriting, memoir and personal essays, and contemporary short stories. While many creative writing majors don’t immediately make a living (if at all) from their personal prose, their skills transfer to real-world jobs in editing, publishing, journalism and advertising. A good many become teachers, too! Also good to know if you’re serious about being a writer: About two-thirds of writers are self-employed.

    Some graduates with creative writing degrees opt to pursue a master’s of fine arts (actor James Franco is one) to further hone their craft.

    • Bucknell University

      Bucknell University Save

      One Dent Drive, Lewisburg, PA 17837
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      "Although it's isolated from "any form of civilization," Bucknell University is the ultimate college experience, according to its students. Here in the "hidden valley," you can have the multiplicity of majors and research opportunities offered by a huge, impersonal state ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • Colby College

      Colby College Save

      4000 Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME 04901
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      "This small, selective college located in the "frozen tundra" of the Maine "not far from civilization" offers a great liberal arts education. The "wealthy" students at Colby College work intensely, party with determination, exercise religiously, and rarely leave campus when ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • Pitzer College

      Pitzer College Save

      1050 North Mills Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711
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      "Pitzer is a place for individuals," and by far the most "flexible" and liberal of the five Claremont Colleges (Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, Pomona, and Scripps). The "not-exactly-gorgeous" campus is dotted with "student murals and the occasional hammock," but ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • Oberlin College

      Oberlin College Save

      70 N Professor St, Oberlin, OH 44074
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      Once a stop on the Underground Railroad, a point made by a campus sculpture of train tracks disappearing into the earth, Oberlin College, which opened in 1833 to educate both men and women, continues to be a progressive institution, proud ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • Macalester College

      Macalester College Save

      1600 Grand Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105
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      "The facilities are exceptional and the academics at this "rigorous" liberal arts college in the Twin Cities are "second to none." The "cold" and dreary winters are a downer for some, but financial aid is good at Mac, and the ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Religiously affiliated, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • Franklin and Marshall College

      Franklin and Marshall College Save

      College Ave, Lancaster, PA 17604
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      "Professors are very knowledgeable" and "the deans and administration are awesome" at Franklin & Marshall College, an outstanding liberal arts college about an hour from Philadelphia. Be prepared if you come here, though: the demanding workload is, in the words ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • University of Miami

      University of Miami Save

      University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL 33146
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      Located in suburban Coral Gables rather than where parents fear—on South Beach—the University of Miami is a rising star among private universities, in large part due to the unflagging efforts of Donna Shalala. Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin before ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • Brandeis University

      Brandeis University Save

      415 South St, Waltham, MA 02454
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      "The "academic opportunities are awesome" at relatively young Brandeis University (founded in 1948), a liberal arts school in suburban Boston with world class research programs, "amazing" professors, and a slew of great undergraduate programs. About one in six Brandeis grads ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University
    • George Washington University

      George Washington University Save

      2121 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 20052
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      GW is to DC what NYU is to NYC and BU is to Boston: a busy urban experience that doesn't just speak, but fairly shouts to the career-oriented pre-professional. Located in the Foggy Bottom section of Washington, close by the ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • Bryn Mawr College

      Bryn Mawr College Save

      101 N Merion Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
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      Feisty actress Katharine Hepburn attended Bryn Mawr many years ago, and something about her brainy contrarian independence seems appropriate to this original member of the Seven Sisters of women's colleges. When Vassar and Skidmore decided to admit men, Bryn Mawr ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • SUNY at Binghamton

      SUNY at Binghamton Save

      4400 Vestal Parkway East, Vestal, NY 13850
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      Binghamton University offers a top-notch education at a state-school price. Pre-professional programs, most notably in psychology, accounting, and nursing, are particularly strong here, and students say on-campus activities are varied and plentiful. learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • University of Washington-Seattle Campus

      University of Washington-Seattle Campus Save

      1400 NE Campus Parkway, Seattle, WA 98195
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      "The University of Washington - "the premier research institution north of Berkeley and west of Minnesota" - boasts thirteen colleges that offer programs for undergraduates and a picturesque and very happening Seattle location. There are a slew of "outdoorsy types" ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Professions

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