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Creative Writing


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About Creative Writing

The English and Literary Studies Major at Ramapo College: Read Your World, Write Your Life.

The English and Literary Studies major does more than prepare students for the working world; it fosters thoughtful, informed citizenship. Students develop the critical thinking, reading, research, and writing skills essential in our increasingly interconnected world. As literary critic M. H. Abrams writes, the study of literature “shows you possibilities you haven’t thought of. It enables you to live the lives of other people than yourself.” Our students engage their imaginations through the study of literary texts that contain the history of our world—as that history actually unfolded and as it might have.

The program balances American, British, world literatures, and creative writing through survey, seminar, and workshop courses.  Students study genre, form, period, and theme; they develop skills in reading, criticism, and creative writing. Courses emphasize the interdisciplinary and multicultural dimensions of literature and life, firing the imagination while preparing students for careers or graduate education. Literature is central to the College’s liberal arts mission; literature takes in the entire world, and promotes critically informed global citizens.

Our students also edit Trillium, the college’s literary magazine. The Literature Club and Ramapo’s Chapter of the national English Honor Society are among the most engaged and successful student organizations on campus.

“Literature is the most astonishing technological means that humans have created, and now practiced for thousands of years, to capture experience.” – Stephen Greenblatt

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Career Opportunities

English and Literary Studies majors are ready to embark on any number of exciting careers. English and Literary Studies graduates excel in government, business, law, and even science—wherever articulate and creative expression is valued. And of course, the study of literature is excellent preparation for elementary or secondary teaching.

Ramapo’s English and Literary Studies majors make valuable connections in the community and professional world through coursework, internships, co-ops, and service learning. They thrive in the worlds of publishing, writing, law, journalism, diplomacy, public relations, higher education, and library sciences.

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Ranges

Job TitleSalary Range
Technical Writers$48,130 - $125,790
Writers and Authors$39,340 - $157,380
Editors$38,100 - $116,140

* Sources of Information: United States Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics (2020). For more information about careers and assistance in making your career plans, please contact Career Services ( or visit

Hands-On Learning

The Creative Writing Concentration/Minor provides students the opportunity to explore the discipline of Literature by focusing on the production of literary works with courses in poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction.  By creating literature, students are asked to embody and express the formal, aesthetic and thematic concerns that we share with the scholarly aspects of literary study. Additionally, the Creative Writing minor fosters the knowledge and talents of students who have demonstrated promise as writers and allows others to find talents they did not know they had.

Creative Writing Minor

Besides pursuing a English and Literary Studies major, students may choose to minor or concentrate in Creative Writing.

Related Programs

English and Literary Studies

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