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English, Creative Writing Concentration, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Salem, IL, United States
The English department at Salem State University offers a diverse and enthusiastic faculty ready to fully engage your intellect and imagination, with a broad and innovative array of classes, concentrations in areas such as film studies, English, Creative Writing Concentration, professional writing, and literature, and a unique and inspiring setting in beautiful and historic Salem, MA
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Classes are small and student-focused, and are led by a faculty at the forefront of their respective fields. English majors at Salem State go on to successful careers in education, publishing, business, and public service. Most importantly, a degree in English from Salem State prepares students to think critically and creatively about their role in a rapidly changing cultural and professional environment.

Profound literacy is the hallmark of a liberal education. To that end, English department courses involve instruction and study in literature and writing, the emphasis varying according to course content. Through intensive reading and analysis, students develop a critical appreciation of literature written in disparate times and places. Through expository writing, students learn techniques for conducting research and for drafting and revising analytic and persuasive essays based on critical reading. In creative English, Creative Writing Concentration, students develop an aesthetic through practicing the craft of various genres. The English department prepares students for professional and academic leadership including careers in teaching and writing.

The Registration Procedure requires close contact between English majors and their Department advisors. All majors, including all approved Change of Majors and Transfers are assigned an advisor in the English Department. Lists are posted outside the Department Office (MH 249), are distributed to all faculty advisors, and can be found online in Navigator. English majors should maintain regular contact with their assigned advisors to assure fulfillment of all-university and departmental requirements and to remain aware of any changes in programs and requirements.

When setting up their programs, majors should keep in mind the following guidelines:

  • All majors must declare a minor by the end of their Sophomore year; Junior transfers by the end of their first semester.
  • English majors who wish to pursue one of the departmental concentrations should be certain to follow the required and recommended course selections.
  • To declare a concentration, English majors or prospective majors must meet with the concentration coordinator who will initial the request form, then the Department Chairperson will sign it.

Our Mission

Salem State University's mission is to provide a high quality, student-centered education that prepares a diverse community of learners to contribute responsibly and creatively to a global society, and serve as a resource to advance the region's cultural, social and economic development.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The Craft of Poetry
  • The Craft of Fiction
  • Special Topics in Professional Writing
  • Seminar in Modern Publishing
  • Creative Writing Workshop: Scriptwriting
  • Creative Writing Workshop: Non-fiction
  • Creative Writing Workshop: Fiction
  • Creative Writing Workshop: Poetry
  • Special Topics in English: Creative Writing

For more information please visit the program website.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Complete the online application
  • Send us your transcripts
  • Submit your standardized test scores
  • Submit Proof of English Language Proficiency

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18480 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18480 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    18480 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18480 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    11675 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11675 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Salem

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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