Several scholarship opportunities are available at Catawba College for Writing majors. Preference for the Olive L. Jenkins Memorial Endowed Scholarship and the Olive and Raymond Jenkins Scholarship are awarded to majors in the English Department. The Charles Turney Award is made annually to a rising senior who excels in either the Writing or Literature major.Apply for this Scholarship
Creative Writing Degree – Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Let your love of writing become the foundation for your future.
Writing well is a skill highly valued by today’s employers regardless of the medium for which you write. Good writing allows you to clearly articulate a point of view, the value and benefits of a product, or to sway others to share thoughts you may opine with your words. Pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Writing from Catawba College will allow you to improve your skills with the written word and likely will set the foundation for your employment future. Additionally, incoming freshmen students majoring in Writing or minoring in Creative Writing may be offered a scholarship upon acceptance to the College.
Faculty in the English Department at Catawba College bring E.M. Forster's directive, "only connect," to life by connecting Writing majors with some of the best wordsmiths in the world. In small classes led by these inspiring faculty who love writing and words as much as their students do, the emphasis is on intellectual curiosity. Grow your knowledge, your confidence and your mastery of the English language not only by studying the major writers, but by learning about the various genres of creative expression and the skills needed for idea development and revising/editing.
Your pursuit of a B.A. degree in Writing at Catawba College can lay the bedrock on which you can build a variety of satisfying careers in everything from business to teaching to publishing-related fields. With the B.A. degree in Writing, students are prepared for graduate or professional study in fields such as professional and creative writing, law, and related academic disciplines.
Minor in Creative Writing
Catawba offers a minor in Creative Writing, a perfect complement to many academic majors.
Writing Program Highlights
Undergraduates choose Catawba College’s Bachelor of Arts in Writing degree program because of their love of words and because of the connections they make with knowledgeable professors who share the same passion for writing and literature. Another important reason for a student’s decision is that this creative writing degree program is offered at a small private college that is ranked 4th among Best Regional Colleges in the South by U.S. News.
Catawba College majors in the creative writing bachelor’s degree program are encouraged to complete internships to build links to their professional interests, and gain work-world experience, especially in jobs related to journalism, editing and the non-profit sector. Catawba students who are strong wordsmiths can use their writing ability to help “sell” themselves.
Writing majors who study abroad engage with other cultures and experience first-hand how powerful the written word is. Rising juniors and seniors may apply to be considered for The Gerry and Jim Hurley International Study Scholarship which is open to all students pursuing a Humanities majors, including Writing, at Catawba. This scholarship funds a semester-long study abroad experience, including travel, tuition, room, and board.
Catawba College students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Writing are encouraged to pursue extended research projects which allow them to delve deep into a topic of their personal interest. Students can present their research on campus at a well-attended annual Catawba Research and Creativity Showcase or at state and regional professional conferences such as the State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Research Symposium.
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