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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.

    • Organization logo Chapman University

      Chapman University Save

      One University Drive, Orange, CA 92866
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      "Chapman University in Orange, CA is what its president likes to call a "big/small" school. It's "big" because the school offers a wealth of majors and degree programs including a School of Film and Television, and "small" because there are ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Master's University, Religiously affiliated, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • Pepperdine University

      Pepperdine University Save

      24255 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90263
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      A truly stunning beach-front location in idyllic Malibu and a deep-seated affiliation with the Church of Christ set Pepperdine apart. Pepperdine seeks to pursue "the very highest academic standards within a context that celebrates and extends the spiritual and ethical ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Research University, Religiously affiliated, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • Hampshire College

      Hampshire College Save

      893 West St, Amherst, MA 01002
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      Academic freedom is the name of the game at Hampshire College, an alternative, progressive school with committed and intellectually mature students and really dedicated professors. Hampshire is part of the Five College Consortium (including Amherst, Mount Holyoke, Smith, and UMass-Amherst), ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • Southern Methodist University

      Southern Methodist University Save

      6425 Boaz St, Dallas, TX 75275
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      "Excellent" professors and tremendous business and management programs make Southern Methodist a great choice. Students here definitely "love SMU" thanks to a "small, interacting student body," a "beautiful campus," and metropolitan Dallas, a "fun town" if there ever was one." learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Research University, Religiously affiliated, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus

      University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus Save

      4200 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260
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      The University of Pittsburgh is a large, research-oriented public university with especially strong programs in health sciences (health information management, pre-med, pre-pharmacy, physical therapy, etc.) and engineering. Students also mention that English, philosophy, and business and management have excellent programs. learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • Texas Christian University

      Texas Christian University Save

      2800 S University Dr, Fort Worth, TX 76129
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      Located in Fort Worth, TCU is a Christian school (as its name implies) that offers the nation's first academically affiliated program in ballet, but students seem more attracted to the business school; nearly one in ten business majors enters an ... learn more

      Research University, Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Religiously affiliated, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • University of California-Riverside

      University of California-Riverside Save

      900 University Ave, Riverside, CA 92521
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      The Riverside campus of the University of California is located about an hour from Los Angeles. Riverside offers programs ranging from the liberal arts to business to a fast-track, seven-year M.D.program. For athletic excellence, check out the men and women's ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Land Grant
    • Pratt Institute-Main

      Pratt Institute-Main Save

      200 Willoughby Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205
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      With an enrollment of over 3000, the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn is one of the largest schools of art and design in the country. In addition to the arts, programs include architecture and engineering. Pratt is equipped with some of ... learn more

      Fine and Performing Arts, Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • Emerson College

      Emerson College Save

      120 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
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      "You can say you are from Emerson" and get a high-paying job in the entertainment industry, according to the "very artsy and open," "completely out there," "brooding, chain-smoking" crowd of "artists and communicators" at this world class school for communications ... learn more

      Master's University, Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • Wofford College

      Wofford College Save

      429 N Church St, Spartanburg, SC 29303
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      Wofford College, which enrolls about 1,600 students, combines a rigorous liberal arts curriculum with a close-knit community. Offering 25 majors, Division I athletics, Greek life, and opportunities for internships and studying abroad, the school has a broad reach that extends ... learn more

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

      Berea College Save

      101 Chestnut Street, Berea, KY 40404
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      Forced labor? Well, students at Berea College are required to work 10-15 hours per week at one of some 140 vocations. On the other hand, tuition at this religion-oriented school in the Appalachian region of Kentucky is 100% free. One ... learn more

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

      Wheaton College Save

      26 E Main St, Norton, MA 02766
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      Wheaton College is college with 1654 students located in Norton, MA. learn more

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

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