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Following the Spring 2024 term, the writing major is no longer accepting new students.  Students interested in this area of study should consider creative writing.

Why Writing at Coe?

The major is ideal preparation for further graduate study, a professional writing career or a career in any profession that requires critical thinking and clear expression. Students study and practice a wide variety of nonfiction forms, including:

  • journalism, both print and online
  • professional writing, including reports, promotional materials, and writing for social media
  • technical writing and information design
  • creative nonfiction, including personal essays, memoirs, nature writing, and travel literature
  • criticism and advocacy writing

The Writing major at Coe draws much of its strength from being embedded in a vital and diverse campus-wide writing culture. Known across the country for its writing-across-the curriculum program and outstanding Writing Center, Coe offers many opportunities for writing majors and minors to be involved in writing outside the classroom:

  • writing for or editing one of the seven student publications on campus
  • conversing with peers about writing projects at the largest undergraduate writing center in the nation, the Coe Writing Center
  • submitting written work for the many writing awards and prizes offered at Coe
  • taking a writing or publishing internship during a New York, Washington or Chicago term
  • interning with a local writing or communication company right here in Cedar Rapids