Kari Kalve, professor of English, leads a class prior to the coronavirus pandemic.
Earlham College adds creative writing major
October 28, 2020
Earlham College is now offering a major in creative writing, the fifth new major added to its curriculum in the last year to meet the needs of students.
“The Creative Writing major combines craft and analysis to help graduates express crucial ideas in compelling ways,” said Kari Kalve, professor of English and convener of the English department. “Because this program demands attention to differing and varied voices, a creative writing major at Earlham is also deeply rooted in our institutional mission of ‘pursuing the truth, wherever it leads.’”
The creative writing major, which will be offered through the Department of English, prepares students to experiment with different writing techniques and create works in a variety of genres, an approach designed to produce an extensive and sophisticated portfolio. The major will consist of 11 classes and can be taken in combination with the English major or other major. Students may take at least one creative writing class in a different language, if desired.
Creative writing students will also benefit from a visiting writers’ program, which is supported in part by the Great Lakes Colleges Association and brings 2-3 accomplished authors to campus annually. Faculty from the English department envision an expansion of this program with authors having residencies on campus for one or more weeks. Creative writing majors may also have outlets for their work in The Crucible, the College’s literary magazine, and Earlhamite, the alumni magazine.
Creative writing majors play critical roles in the areas of writing, editing and publishing in virtually any industry. Graduates in this field become journalists, novelists, grant-writers or contribute to the production of video games, marketing campaigns, and websites.
Many of Earlham’s graduates already pursue a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing after Earlham and this new major will strengthen that pathway. Earlham also offers a 3+1 program where students can study to become a teacher by earning a bachelor’s degree in English or Creative Writing and the Master of Arts in Teaching in just four years.
The new program joins exercise science, data science, social services, and media and communications as new options for students this fall.
“Our faculty have created exciting new majors that are in demand by today’s students,” Earlham President Anne Houtman said. “Every program offers the very best of an Earlham education, including our nationally recognized classroom experience, along with access to internships, research and off-campus study that help students make sense of their future pursuits.”
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