The writing major has two distinct tracks: professional writing or creative writing. The major is structured in the following way: 1) a core set of classes introduces students to the theoretical foundation and craft of writing; 2) a bank of courses in creative and professional writing allow students to choose courses that best apply to their future career and writing interests; 3) a capstone experience allows students to study abroad, complete an internship, or complete a scholarship project in their field; 4) a final seminar writing course concludes the program where students complete portfolio work that will help them to pursue a career in writing, apply for graduate school or hone their skills within their primary field.
The writing major is intended to be a double major and therefore is only 33 hours. It pairs well with majors in the humanities as well as business and communication. In addition to a writing major, Olivet also offers a minor in writing with the same choice of tracks: professional writing or creative writing.
At Olivet, students will learn from professors who will not only challenge them academically, but who also care about their personal and professional success. Our department is small enough for faculty to know our students on a first name basis. They help to broaden the student experience through a variety of cultural and literary events, in the community, in Chicago, and abroad.