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Bachelor of Arts in

Writing

Under-
graduate
Degree

Program Overview

Oral Roberts University’s Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Writing equips you through developing a writer’s discipline and by communicating effectively through the written word.

You’ll explore the basics of both literary and technical writing, but be empowered to design your own program tailored to your career passion. If you choose literary writing, you’ll improve writing skills to express creativity and have opportunities to attend off-campus workshops and be able to submit work for publication. Historical influences in the development of genres and major literary figures will come to light as well.

If technical writing is your focus, the courses on learning to write for specific audiences will be in your best interest. You will master skills in editing, revising for clarity and conciseness along with research and internships. You will interact with our excellent faculty who will guide you in the structure of modern English and diction, grant writing, career preparation and proficiency.

More than this, our unique mission to develop Holy Spirit-empowered leaders through Whole Person Education can set you apart as an inspiring and gifted writer ready to impact the world. 

Our commitment to equip Spirit-empowered leaders is why you can graduate from this program fully prepared to immerse yourself in the literary job market. You will be prepared to touch the lives of those around you and make a difference for the higher good.

What can I do with a degree in B.A. in Writing from ORU?

You can enjoy a successful and creative career in:  

  • Editing
  • Technical Writing
  • Writing for Media
  • Fiction/Nonfiction Writing
  • Business Communications
  • Advertising
  • Publishing and more!

What are some of the core experiences of this program? 

  • Structure of Modern English
  • Writing Workshop: Revision
  • Literary Writing
  • Copyediting/Diction
  • Literary Genres/Major Writers
  • Technical Writing
  • History of the English Language
  • Internship and more!

What makes ORU’s B.A. in Writing program stand out?

Besides the academic focus of the degree, there are opportunities to enjoy like-minded classmates during the annual fall Walden Weekend retreat held in the natural beauty of the eastern Oklahoma woods. We encourage your creative expansion by joining the English Club which meets periodically for poetry readings and various social events. There is also ORU’s literary magazine, the Promethia, that showcases the university’s finest poetry, short stories and black-and-white photography created by our own community.

We are proud to have a chapter of The C.S. Lewis and the Inklings Society which hosts academic conferences, Tolkienfest and many social events throughout the year. ORU is also honored to host Sigma Tau Delta, the international English Honor Society. The central purpose is to confer distinction upon outstanding students of the English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate and professional studies. With dedication, passion and hard work, you can join them! 

Through the philosophy of Whole Person Education, we create an atmosphere of collaboration, nurture imagination and court the inspiration of the Holy Spirit by dedicating ourselves to being masters of our craft.

On top of this, you’ll learn directly from faith-grounded professionals who know what it takes to succeed as professional writer in today’s global world while leading with purpose to make an impact.

What about accreditation?

As a university, we meet the highest accreditation standards set by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Are there scholarships available?

Nearly 100% of our full-time, undergraduate residential students receive ORU grants and scholarships through academic achievement and through ORU’s premier scholarship opportunity of our Quest Whole Leader Scholarship. To learn more about financial aid, click here.

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