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Writing, B.A., B.S.

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.

Visit the program website for more information.

Program Overview

Students earn the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree after completing 42 major-specific credits. 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 add to their current major and enhance their writing, the department offers the option to minor in writing.

Why Study Writing at Grand Valley?

  • The writing major involves liberal arts training in which students become critical readers, careful thinkers, and skilled writers.
  • The department offers one of the few independent undergraduate writing majors in the country.
  • 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 offers students a variety of extracurricular writing activities including a student-run literary journal, a visiting writing series, a student reading series, an organization for professional writers, student-produced department newsletter, and opportunities for travel to writing conferences.
  • Students may choose to complete a Distinction in Writing, a program that encourages them to pursue excellence beyond the classroom.

Location & Format

Undergraduate students in this major study at Grand Valley's Allendale Campus.



A degree in writing may involve coursework in:

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

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

Combined Degree Programs

This undergraduate degree can be combined with a master's degree to save you time and money, and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, students save $8,500 in our combined degree programs and take up to four fewer classes than if earning the degrees separately.

You can even build your own combined degree from programs in different disciplines to further personalize your education and meet specific career goals.

For More Information

Department of Writing
326 Lake Ontario Hall
(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.”