• Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  • Minor

The Department of Writing at Grand Valley State University offers instruction in academic, creative, and professional writing. Students have the option to tailor the major to suit their professional and educational interests.

Program Offerings at Grand Valley

Writing majors earn the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree and complete a 42-credit major. The modular curriculum allows students to determine their own course of study, balancing creative and professional writing interests. Students also complete an internship to enhance their writing skills. For students who wish to enhance their writing for personal or professional reasons, Grand Valley offers a minor in writing.


A degree in writing involves coursework in:

  • Creative nonfiction
  • Document design
  • Fiction
  • Magazine writing
  • Poetry
  • Professional writing
  • Web writing

Career Options

Students are well-equipped to pursue graduate school or to enjoy careers as:

  • Authors
  • Copyeditors
  • Grant writers
  • Magazine writers
  • Social media specialists
  • Technical writers

Why Study Writing at Grand Valley?

  • Grand Valley's writing major involves liberal arts training in which students become critical readers, careful thinkers, and skilled writers.
  • The Department of Writing offers one of the few independent undergraduate writing majors in the country.
  • Students who major in writing may take coursework in both creative writing and professional writing.
  • Students who want to focus on professional or technical writing can do so in a program that exposes them to the latest technologies for print and web environments.
  • The department routinely sponsors writing students for The Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Intro Awards and works closely with students who produce a student literary journal called fishladder.
  • Students may also choose to graduate with distinction by completing a program that encourages them to pursue extracurricular writing activities.

For More Information

Department of Writing
(616) 331-3411
Admissions Office

When it comes to real skills that I use every day in my career as a promotions director in Las Vegas, writing courses like Document Design and Writing for the Web were great preparation for my professional career. It was an excellent program, and I am so glad I took those courses.


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