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About the B.F.A. in Professional or Creative Writing

Students pursuing the BFA in Writing, with a track in either Professional Writing or Creative Writing, will maintain a tight focus on learning to write effectively in a number of genres. This tighter focus will help our graduating BFA students gain employment in the business world (professional writing focus) and/or earn scholarships/fellowships/assistantships in graduate school (creative writing focus). Year in and year out, employers list their top two criteria for new hires as writing ability and the ability to think critically. Our new program is set up to directly target those two desired areas. USC Aiken is the only state institution to offer such a program in South Carolina. 

For more information on how you can get involved in The Next Big Thing contact Dr. Geyer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Professor Miller at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

View requirements for the BFA Professional Writing Track

View requirements for the BFA Creative Writing Track

View scholarship opportunities for BFA majors

 

Benefits of having a BFA in Creative or Professional Writing

  • Opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge with a tighter focus in a particular writing area
  • Tighter focus in professional writing = more opportunities for employment in the business world
  • Tighter focus in creative writing = more opportunities for graduate school (including scholarships/fellowships/internships/ assistantships)
  • Top two criteria for new hires = writing ability and ability to think critically
  • Get a competitive edge for opening positions at firms including AT&T, SRS, Bridgestone, Club Car, GlaxoSmithKline, Kimberly-Clark, SCANA, UPS, Zeus, International Paper, ADP (and these are just a few)
  • BFA graduates will be stronger candidates for law school, M.B.A. programs, M.F.A. programs in or out of state 

Current South Carolina Job Opportunities

Occupation

# of Job Openings

Average Wage

Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media 1,294 $51,309
Business and Financial Operations 2,758 $53,869
Community and Social Services 816 $42,424
Education, Training, and Library 2,747 $44,687
Healthcare Support 2,096 $30,446
Legal 183 $49,214
Life, Physical, and Social Science 706 $51,140
Management 8,230 $63,263
Office and Administrative Support 7,022 $31,320
Sales 6,697  $46,045
    Source: jobs.scworks.org