Why English: Creative Writing?
- 1Even though the job market is constantly changing, one thing never changes - the need for effective writers and communicators.
- 2According to The Princeton Review, “Creative Writing majors blend the love and study of books that come with being an English major with the creative freedom and expression of being an artist. It is the best of both worlds, one that gives you the opportunity to read the greatest works of literature and in the process allows you time to focus on your own development as a writer.”
- 3Whether you want to pursue a career in creative writing, technical writing, law, journalism, advertising, or public relations, studying English: Creative Writing is a great place to begin developing the writing, speaking, and critical thinking skills you will need to succeed.
Careers in English: Creative Writing
- Advertising Executive
- Web Editor
Alumni Graduate Schools
- University of Notre Dame
- Northwestern University
- Purdue University
- Indiana University
- DePaul University
- Valparaiso University
Why Study English: Creative Writing at Saint Joseph's College?
Even if you already know what you would like to do with your Creative Writing degree after graduation, the SJC English: Creative Writing curriculum enables you to explore and experiment with several with styles of writing, including poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and drama. A degree in English: Creative Writing is also excellent preparation for law school.
English: Creative Writing students often staff our two department publications - Measure, a creative arts magazine, and The Observer, our student-produced campus newspaper. Performance scholarships are available to those who take part in The Observer and/or Measure. Many English: Creative-Writing students are also hired to direct and staff the College's Writing Clinic, where they give other students one-on-one help with papers. English: Creative Writing students also have opportunities to enroll in writing workshops, where they can develop their writing skills in the company of other writers. Students are also encouraged to pursue internships. SJC English students have recently held internships with Franciscan Health - Rensselaer, SJC’s Integrated Marketing Office, the Robinson Memorial Library, the Prairie Arts Council, the Rensselaer Public Library, Green Alternatives, Inc., and Vandon House in London.
TWICE THE KNOWLEDGE
SJC’s Core Program has proven to be advantageous for our English students. Because our Core Program is writing-intensive, a degree in English: Creative Writing from SJC means you will have read and written twice as much as English: Creative Writing graduates from other schools. Thus, you will virtually have a double major in English. Core will also give you the opportunity to better understand the cultures of those who have written the literature that you will be studying. The interplay between Core and the major develops graduates who are confident in their reading, analytic, writing, and oral communication skills.
FACULTY AND CLASS SIZE
At SJC, you will work closely with professors who have published articles, fiction, and poetry in a variety of respected journals and magazines; these professors help and encourage their students to do the same. You will have direct access to these experts in classes ranging from 10 to 20 students, and they will get to know you personally throughout the course of the program, helping you develop as both a writer and a thinker.
“The professors teach more than what is in books, and the lessons you receive from the papers and assignments will reach to all areas in your life at SJC and beyond. The Creative Writing classes are some of my best memories at SJC.” – Ashlee Doty ’11 of Griffith, Ind.
“More than just taking time to know each student, professors help to edit your plans and proposals, including those proposals for how you would run your own utopia (or dystopia).” – Sabrina Butts Esper ’11 of Bloomington, Ind.