There are few things in life as personally fulfilling as writing a story or poem others want to read. The best authors understand how to use the tools of their craft to convey emotion, and move people to action. If you want to take your writing career to the next level, or simply desire a better understanding of poetry and prose construction, a Master of Arts degree in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing is for you.
The M.A. in English with a Creative Writing emphasis grounds students in successful strategies to create their own fiction and poetry. Students also analyze the fiction and poetry of other writers to determine how they create successful work.
At Pittsburg State, we believe you learn by doing. That’s why students are given the opportunity to publish in the PSU student literary magazine, The Cow Creek Review. They can also be members of the magazine’s staff to review submissions, help create the magazine’s design, and prepare it for publication.
Students are able to have their work judged by professionals in the university’s annual literary contest, and are provided with multiple opportunities to read their work in public, both on and off campus.
English and Literature degree graduates can be found in nearly every career field due, in part, to their robust writing and spoken communication skills, ability to critically analyze situations, and to develop cohesive solutions to complicated problems.
Recent graduates of our Creative Writing program have found successful careers as professional writers, greeting card developers, and managers in a wide variety of businesses and organizations.
Pittsburg Sate graduates have been accepted into prestigious M.F.A. and Ph.D. programs throughout the nation, and have received the Truman Capote Fellowship at the Iowa Writers Workshop, and the John Grisham Fellowship at the University of Mississippi.
Possible careers include:
At Pittsburg State, we believe you learn best through hands-on experience. Students have the opportunity to work with their professors to develop research projects and deliver presentations at national conferences.
The Department of English and Modern Languages offers baccalaureate degrees and a master’s degree program. Undergraduate degree programs are offered in English and Modern Languages. A Bachelor of Science in Education and a master’s program are also offered in English. The department offers minors in English, English Teaching, Creative Writing, French, Professional Writing and Spanish.
Students in the English, Creative Writing program take a selection of classes that successfully prepare them for a career in a related field.