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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.

    • University of Houston

      University of Houston Save

      212 E. Cullen Building, Houston, TX 77204
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      Located just three miles from downtown Houston, the University of Houston is a comprehensive research and teaching institution that provides programs ranging from the liberal arts to technology to renowned hotel management program, as well a host of pre-professional and ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • University of La Verne

      University of La Verne Save

      1950 Third St, La Verne, CA 91750
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      Located in La Verne, CA, about 30 miles from Los Angeles, the University of La Verne is a highly diverse school and many of the 1500 or so undergraduate students here are the first in their families to attend college. ... learn more

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

      Bradley University Save

      1501 W Bradley Ave, Peoria, IL 61625
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      "With approximately 5,100 undergraduate students and a few hundred graduate students, "private, comprehensive" Bradley University bills itself as "the ideal size for living and learning." "It's easy to establish one-on-one relationships" with BU's "knowledgeable" professors and it's "easy, quick, and ... learn more

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

      Spalding University Save

      901 S Fourth Street, Louisville, KY 40203
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      Roman Catholic-affiliated Spalding University in Louisville offers a liberal arts and science education to about 2,000 traditional and non-traditional students. Spalding is one of Kentucky's oldest schools, and it sponsors a variety of student events including ice skating outings and ... learn more

      Research University, Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Religiously affiliated, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • University of North Carolina Wilmington

      University of North Carolina Wilmington Save

      601 South College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403
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      The University of North Carolina at Wilmington is located just five miles from Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina and offers offers students degrees in a variety of academic fields including humanities, sciences, health and business. As well as having a ... learn more

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

      Albion College Save

      611 E Porter St, Albion, MI 49224
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      "Home to the Gerald Ford Institute for Public Policy and Service, which combines an "on-the-job internship" with course work, this small private college 90 miles west of Detroit also has offers numerous off-campus programs including an African-American studies program in ... learn more

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

      Wells College Save

      170 State Rte 90, Aurora, NY 13026
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      "It's like one big, happy family" at tiny, "isolated," all-women's Wells College in the far reaches of upstate New York, where students revel in discussion-oriented classes, traditional liberal arts education, "Sisterhood," and dozens of traditions, including campus serenades." learn more

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

      The University of Findlay Save

      1000 N Main St, Findlay, OH 45840
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      Located about 45 miles from Toledo in the town of Findlay, OH, the Church of God-affiliated University of Findlay offers a liberal arts education with a career-oriented twist to about 3,000 largely traditional undergraduate students. The University of Findlay offers ... learn more

      Master's University, Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Religiously affiliated, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • Dominican University of California

      Dominican University of California Save

      50 Acacia Ave, San Rafael, CA 94901
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      The largely pre-professional students at this Catholic liberal arts college in Marin County near beautiful and culturally awesome San Francisco become part of a university environment focused on interdisciplinary studies. Then, they can take advantage of 26 majors, but traditionally ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Master's University, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • Oklahoma Baptist University

      Oklahoma Baptist University Save

      500 W University, Shawnee, OK 74804
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      "Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee (about 35 miles from Oklahoma City) provides around 2,100 students with a traditional arts and sciences education or professional preparation, as well as a dedication to Christian principles . Freshman here still continue the school's ... learn more

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

      Ithaca College Save

      953 Danby Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850
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      "The "other" college in Ithaca, NY, is Ithaca College, "a wonderful institution" that originated as a Conservatory of Music and has grown into a nationally renowned pre-professional college with a "highly diverse curriculum" and one of the premier physical therapy ... learn more

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

      Augustana College Save

      639 38th St, Rock Island, IL 61201
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      A truly eye-popping two-thirds of all graduates of this small liberal arts college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church eventually enter some form of graduate school. With as many clubs and social options as you'd want to shake a stick ... learn more

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

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