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Writing and Literary Studies
Whether you are an amateur or professional writer, the UWW Interdisciplinary Studies program will help you finish your bachelor’s degree online with a focus in writing and literary studies so you can evolve your craft and advance your career. You will learn how to position yourself as a writer, from thinking as an entrepreneur to understanding the vast range of outlets for writing in the 21st century.
You can tailor your degree with online courses in creative fiction or non-fiction, screenwriting, graphic novels, autobiographies, short stories, children's literature, imaginative literature, magazine writing, professional and management writing, public relations, grant writing, and food writing.
- You’re in the Driver’s Seat: Design your own degree concentration through your perfect mix of 100% online courses, and optional blended, or on-campus offerings to fit your busy life. Plus, most of the UWW courses are asynchronous, meaning you can complete them on your schedule.
- Accelerate Your Degree: Bring in or earn up to 105 credits for your prior coursework, prior learning, and life and work experience to accelerate your degree, saving you time and money.
- Cross Disciplinary Boundaries: Craft your individualized concentration to suit your goals and interests, from taking online courses in public policy or political science to become a political writer, to focusing on online communications courses to enter into advertising, marketing, or public relations.
- Community College Friendly: Learn about the Mass Transfer Gen Ed Foundation and benefit from our 50-year history of support for community college students.
- Earn Your MFA: Many of our students who study writing and literary studies go on to MFA programs.
- Boston Children's Hospital and Mass General Brigham employees: Receive a 10% discount and more. Learn more about how you can benefit from our employer partnerships.
Your Future in Writing and Literary Studies
With an Interdisciplinary Studies degree focused in writing and literary studies you can advance your career in a variety of fields, including business, communications, government, healthcare, journalism, creative writing, and many more.
- $63,200: Median annual wage for writers and authors
- 8%: Projected employment growth for public relations and fundraising managers from 2018 to 2028—faster than average
- $72,850: Median annual wage for technical writers
Flexible, Cross-Disciplinary Courses
You will take courses taught by distinguished instructors from the UMass Departments of English, Comparative Literature, Journalism, and Film Studies.
To give you an idea of the types of online writing, literature, and other related courses that you could choose from, here is a sampling offered over the past few years.
|AFROAM||151||Literature & Culture|
|ART-EXT||511||Grantwriting for the Arts|
|COMP-LIT||121||International Short Story|
|COMP-LIT||131||Brave New World|
|COMP-LIT||133||Introduction to Science Fiction|
|COMP-LIT||141||Good and Evil|
|COMP-LIT||170||Introduction to Film Analysis: Cinematic Time Travel|
|COMP-LIT||339||International Crime, Mystery, and Detective Fiction|
|ENGLISH||132||Gender, Sexuality, Literature, and Culture|
|ENGLISH||202||Later British Literature & Culture|
|ENGLISH||254||Writing and Reading Imaginative Literature|
|ENGLISH||339||Film And Literature|
|ENGLISH||385||Creative Writing: Nonfiction|
|ENGLISH||391AG||Writing the Graphic Novel|
|ENGLISH||391AJ||Writing For A Living|
|ENGLISH||391NM||Narrative Medicine: How Writing Can Heal|
|FILM-ST||297G||TV Screenwriting Pilot Episode|
|FILM-ST||397K||Screenwriting: Story Telling for Film and Video Media|
|FILM-ST||397TV||TV Writing: Pilot Script, Episode, Series Development|
|FILM-ST||397WR||Writers Room Workshop: Original TV Series Immersion|
|FILM-ST||597K||Screenwriting: Film & Video|
|JOURNAL||392S||Opinion Writing: Columns|