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Writing, B.A., B.S.

The program 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.

Students are admitted directly into this program.
Available as a minor.

Program Overview

Choose from the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree after completing 42 major-specific credits. The 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 immerses students in the liberal arts so they can 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, a student-produced department newsletter, and opportunities for travel to writing conferences.
  • Students may pursue a Distinction in Writing, a program that encourages them to pursue excellence beyond the classroom.

Career Insights

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Location & Format

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

  • Face To Face


A degree in writing may involve coursework in:

  • Creative nonfiction
  • Document design
  • Fiction
  • Magazine writing
  • Writing for gobal and local users
  • Poetry
  • Professional writing
  • Web writing
  • Writing with digital tools

Combined Degree Programs

Many GVSU undergraduate programs can be combined with an existing master’s degree program to save on tuition and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, you can save $8,500 by pursuing a combined degree and take up to four fewer courses than if earning the degrees separately.

Talk with an advisor about how you can build your combined degree from existing programs to further personalize your education and create your own niche area of expertise.


Hands-on learning and other fieldwork not only deepen your mastery of your discipline but also give you the edge employers seek. Visit our experience matters page to see the work GVSU students are doing in their co-ops and internships.

Admission Requirements

Visit the Admissions website for undergraduate requirements.

For More Information

Department of Writing
326 Lake Ontario Hall
(616) 331-3411

Admissions and Recruitment 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.”