Creative Writing and Literature

creative writing major

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies: Creative Writing and Literature Concentration

As a Creative Writing major, you can transform a passion for writing into a career

Countless writers have!

Creative writing permeates our lives as we read magazines, newspapers, and books both in traditional print and online. Accurately expressing thoughts, motivations, ideas and dreams through creative writing is critical to success in many fields. Our liberal studies degree with a creative writing concentration will help you achieve that success.

In our program, you’ll take a close and critical look at some of the best work in multiple genres from across the ages while honing your own writing skills. You’ll become proficient in disciplined writing practices and master communication and organizational strategies to transform creative self expression into marketable skills.

Program Overview

This concentration in creative writing and literature aims to prepare aspiring writers through five main objectives.

  • Evaluate and apply the craft of writing in multiple genres. Students will explore literary expression in order to achieve greater proficiency in their own craft as writers.
  • Examine and apply the craft of close reading of literature. Students will cultivate their ability to examine the craft of other writers (both historical and contemporary), looking at formal elements of the work, including language, character, story, theme, rhythm, and tone.
  • Examine and analyze the impact that creative writing has in our world.
  • Evaluate and articulate the foundational skills of a professional writer. Students will constructively comment on the work of other writers in one or more creative literary forms (poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction), participate in a writing community, and apply best practices of editing, revision techniques, and grammar.
  • Create and write with proficiency in one or more creative literary forms (poetry, fiction, and/or creative non-fiction). Students will produce written work using the process approach of discovering material, creating the appropriate form according to the intended effect on the target audience, and revising as necessary.


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Why Antioch University Midwest?

as a creative writing major...
  • Study in classes with like-minded students, all aspiring to careers in writing.
  • Balance work, personal life, and your studies with our flexible schedule designed for working adults.
  • Work hand-in-hand with acclaimed professors who are also successful, professional writers.
  • Hone your writing skills in the context of culture, examining literature from the foundation of civilization, to Shakespeare, to social media.
  • Get inspired by an environment that empowers students with the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful lives and to advance social, economic, and environmental justice.
as a graduate...
  • Pursue your career goals well-prepared to become authors in fiction or non-fiction, as well as writers for marketing, strategic. communications, education, grant writing or fundraising/development.
  • Take the next step in your academic journey by enrolling in an advanced degree program like our MFA in Creative Writing.
  • Increase your salary potential.
  • Enter the job market armed with exemplary communication skills that will set you apart from your peers.
  • Stay connected through our growing Alumni Community.

To earn a Bachelor’s degree at Antioch University Midwest, students will have a combination of transfer credits and required Antioch University Midwest credits totaling 120 credits.

Antioch Core Courses


INTD-3210 Experience and Expression (3)
INTD-3250 Modes and Methods of Learning (3)
INTD-3310 Literary Analysis and Argumentation (3)
INTD-3350 Culture, Conflict, and Social Research (3)
INTD-3450 Foundations of Civilization (3)
INTD-3510 Ecology, Technology, and Society (3)
INTD-3550 Leadership (3)

Creative Writing & Literature Concentration


COM-3570 Short Story Writing (3)
COM-3910 English: The Global Language (3)
COM-4320 Social Media and Social Change (3)
LIT-4420 African American Literature (3)
LIT-4500 Contemporary Theory & Criticism (3)
LIT-4650 Shakespeare (3)
One COM or LIT Elective (3)
PRO-4970 Senior Project (3)

Total 45 Credits

Important Notice: This is not an official Degree Audit tool. This is merely a sample of the most recent degree offerings. Students should confer with their academic advisor regarding their degree requirements.


Apply before the deadline and we will waive your application fee

SemesterApplication DeadlinesClasses Begin
Fall 2016 "B Session"October 17, 2016October 22, 2016
Spring 2017January 3, 2016January 7, 2017
Spring 2017 "B Session"February 28, 2017March 4, 2017

We will continue to process the complete applications received after the deadline however, we cannot guarantee an admission decision will be reached in time to begin the desired term.

Please contact the Office of Admissions for more information at 937-769-1818 or

Undergraduate ProgramsSemesterCost/Credit HourFull TimeHalf-TimeGeneral Fee
Bachelor Degree CompletionFall 2016, Spring 2017$527$6,324
(based on 12 hours)
(based on 6 hours)

View the full tuition and fee schedule.

Financial Aid

Several types of assistance are available through federal and state governments, Antioch University Midwest, and private organizations. Eligibility for financial assistance usually is based on need. Your individualized aid package may include multiple types of assistance.

  • Grants: Federal and Washington State grants are awarded to undergraduate students based on need and income. Grants are considered “gift” aid – they do not need to be repaid.
  • Federal Pell Grant: Available to undergraduate students, awarded based on estimated family contribution, cost of attendance, and enrollment status. Students can receive this grant for a maximum of six years, which includes time attending other campuses.
  • Federal SEOG Grant: Federal grant that need not be repaid for Undergraduate students; based on financial need and availability of funds.
  • State Grants: Washington State grants for undergraduate students based on financial need, residency status, enrollment status, and availability of funds.
  • Work-study jobs: Students work on-campus and earn $12 an hour. Positions vary from five to twenty hours per week. These funds do not have to be repaid; students can elect to receive a bi-weekly paycheck, or to use the funds to pay down a balance on their student account. View open positions.
  • Antioch scholarships: Take advantage of several opportunities available to new students. See the scholarship section for the list of available scholarships and to obtain an application.
  • Federal Direct Loans: Loans that are part of the Direct Student loan program, which helps students pay part of their educational expenses by borrowing directly from the government. Terms of the loan are covered in greater detail in the required Federal Loan Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Note. Loan repayment begins six months after a student graduates, withdraws, or drops below half-time status.
  • Federal Direct Subsidized Loan: Based on Unmet Need, the federal government pays the interest on subsidized loans while you are enrolled at least half-time. For Summer 2015-Spring 2016, subsidized loans have a fixed 4.29% interest rate for undergraduate students.
  • Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan: Students are not required to have Unmet Need to borrow an unsubsidized loan, but are responsible for interest that accrues during deferment periods with this loan type. For Summer 2015-Spring 2016, subsidized loans have a fixed 4.29% interest rate for undergraduate students.
  • Federal Parent PLUS Loan: A Parent PLUS loan is an unsubsidized loan for parents of dependent undergraduate students, limited to the cost of attendance minus other financial aid received. For Summer 2015-Spring 2016 PLUS loans have an interest rate of 6.84%. Plus loan borrowers cannot have an adverse credit history. Repayment can be deferred until a student graduates, withdraws, or drops below half-time. Interest accrues from the first disbursement of the loan.
  • Alternative Loan: Students may borrow up to the cost of attendance less any financial aid received. Interest rates, fees, and approval of this loan are determined by credit history.


The AUM campus is a vibrant, collaborative learning environment located in the charming and eclectic village of Yellow Springs.  Antioch Midwest serves local residents, commuters and students from around the world.

Our Students

Antioch Midwest’s students are adults who seek a new direction in their careers or the mobility provided by earning an undergraduate or graduate degree. They are a diverse group of men and women ranging in age from 23 to 70, who share a serious determination to change their lives.

On-campus Resources:

Students have the option of studying in our well-stocked Library, or working with a writing specialist at the Bob Dizney Writing Center.  They may be meeting with their classmates in the student lounge or in a classroom.

You can find our hours of operation here. Generally, our campus is open from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday, and 7:30 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday. If you are considering becoming an Antioch student yourself, visit the Prospective Students page to learn more about admissions and our Information Sessions.

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You’ll also find numerous free, enriching programming at night, running the gamut from wellness workshops to film screenings and panel discussions.  Learn more about what is going on in our Calendar.  While most events are hosted on campus, others happen at venues around Southwest Ohio.

Celebrating the Arts

The halls are decorated with beautiful art: on the first floor Antioch University Midwest houses the majority of the Yellow Springs Arts Council’s permanent collection as part of a special partnership.  Visitors are invited to participate in an art scavenger hunt while they are on campus.  On the second floor, we feature the artwork of local elementary, middle, and high school students from Yellow Springs.