Bachelor of Arts in


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 develop 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, grant writing, and publishing. 

What can I do with a degree in Writing?

You can enjoy a successful and creative career in:  

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

What classes will I take? 

  • Structure of Modern English
  • Literary Writing
  • Copyediting/Diction
  • Literary Genres/Major Writers
  • Technical Writing
  • History of the English Language
  • Internship

Why does 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. 

What about accreditation?

As a university, we meet the 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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