Minor in Creative Writing – La Merciade

If you are passionate about writing and being creative, the Minor in Creative Writing may be the perfect fit for you. In order to complete this minor, a student must complete seven courses ranging from writing poetry and fiction to courses in structured literature, as well as courses in editing and style directly related to the student-run art journal Mercyhurst , Lumen. This minor is an inclusive program that allows students to develop their writing and comprehension skills with a specific focus on logistical and tangible writing, such as critical editing and proofreading skills.

Simultaneously, students learn the art of flexibility and adaptive thinking. These are all essential qualities sought by employers when hiring future employees. Regardless of your current major, the ability to read and write effectively is an active component of success in your current, as well as future, personal and professional life. When an individual has the skills to adapt and think quickly as well as be a competent writer, they become one of the most valued members of the workforce.

“The written communication and editing skills, as well as the critical and creative thinking skills that our students learn in this program, have served them well,” said Brian Reed, Ph.D., chair of the English department and English teacher. “They went into a variety of fields, including becoming lawyers, doctors, teachers, writers, intelligence analysts, business owners and a host of other professions.”

Often people consider a creative writing minor to be foreign or unrelated to their specific major, but the skills you learn in the program are perfectly applicable to any career. “We’ve had many students who associate creative writing with studying science or intelligence or some other ‘hands-on’ field. In fact, two years ago I had a finance major in my creative writing class. She told me that in every job interview she had, they asked about her creative writing minor — it made her stand out in a good way. And she landed a job months before graduating,” said Jeffrey Roessner, Ph.D., associate dean of Hafenmaier College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences and professor of English.

In addition to the skills you’ll learn as you progress through the creative writing minor, you’ll also make valuable connections with your peers and professors.

“The most rewarding part of the program for me involves the classes we run as workshops, where students share and critique each other’s work,” Roessner said. “The students are without exception intelligent, original and full of positive energy and insight. It’s a joy to work with them and see their progress as writers.

If you’re in doubt about enrolling in this minor or need a little more convincing, Roessner has some words of wisdom for you: “Students sometimes become so focused on their career goal that they compartmentalize. That’s not what a liberal arts education is. We want them to explore, take risks and discover things about themselves and the world. If a student specializes in a very practical area, I encourage them to take a course in art, photography or creative writing. We have so many exciting courses that will broaden your perspective. Why wouldn’t you want to take advantage of it?

So what are you waiting for, head over to the registrar’s office and start the process of adding creative writing minor courses to your future semesters!

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