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English Major in Writing

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Creative writing builds applied skills in reading and critical thinking as well as dexterity in various kinds of writing — professional, analytical and the genres of creative writing — in a range of contexts, including print and new media. The English Major in Writing develops versatile writers who use their advanced skills in an array of fields in addition to those related to writing and publishing, from communication and marketing and advertising to public service and education. A creative writing degree provides excellent preparation for careers that demand exceptional professional or creative writing skills, or for teaching secondary school and pursuing graduate degrees. Explore career paths, essential skills, and typical employers for English Writing majors.

The SPS Student Services team is invested in preparing adult students to apply their Northwestern education to their next step of professional success. Bachelor’s degree students are encouraged to discuss their career goals with their academic advisers, who are available to help with job search strategies, resume review, and provide program-tailored career advice.

A range of career resources is available from SPS Student Services, and undergraduate SPS students also use advising, programming, and resources from Northwestern Career Advancement (NCA), the comprehensive career services office at the Evanston campus.

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