BA Creative Writing: Poetry Degree Online


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Is the Online Creative Writing - Poetry Degree Right for You?

SNHU's Creative Writing-Poetry degree online program is an opportunity for aspiring poets to find with inspiration, engagement and creative collaboration.  Our specialized poetry degree program enables you to hone your craft and unleash your imagination, helping you create imagery as verse.

While an online BA in Creative Writing with a specialization in Poetry is valuable in and of itself, it can also prepare you for many professional paths. You can explore careers in creative writing, advertising, journalism, publishing and copywriting, as well as graduate school. SNHU also offers an online Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing with a concentration in poetry.

Contact us to learn more about the SNHU difference.

Why the Online Creative Writing - Poetry Degree
at SNHU?

As a nonprofit, accredited university, SNHU focuses on ensuring you gain the skills you need to succeed.  Whether you enroll in Poetry or any of our other concentrations, you will benefit from an SNHU education:

  • Highly credentialed and accomplished instructors, including critically acclaimed writers who understand the industry.
  • A quality education at one of the most affordable tuition rates available
  • A traditional university, with over 80 years of success in New England.   
  • Continue your writing education with a Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing online.
  • Publishing opportunities.
  • 24/7/365 access to class - attend when it is most convenient for you.
  • A proud recipient of's Best Buy Award.

As a student in our online Creative Writing-Poetry degree program, you will begin taking writing courses during your first year, unlike most writing programs. The Penmen Review, an online journal for writers, also provides opportunities for publishing and learning from experienced authors. The New Hampshire Writers' Project, the only statewide literary organization for writers of all levels and genres, calls SNHU home and may provide additional opportunities for writing students.

Creative Writing Careers

Whether you decide to takes your courses online or at one of our five New England-based campuses, the SHNU Creative Writing-Poetry program will prepare you for a broad array of writing fields and for graduate school.

Employment of authors, copywriters and editors is expected to grow 6 percent through 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Transfer of Credit

If you're a student who wants to transfer to SNHU or if you simply want to finish what you’ve started, we try to make transferring as easy as possible. We will accept up to 90 transferred academic credits and we automatically complete an official credit evaluation as part of the application review process.

Required Core Courses

School of Arts and Sciences Required Courses

FAS-201: Introduction to Humanities I
This course offers vocabulary, understanding and appreciation of the visual arts in their cultural contexts in history, religion, literature, music and ideas. It focuses on the achievements of ancient Greece and Rome, the medieval period and the Renaissance while also exploring related issues in non-European cultures. May be taken independently of FAS-202.
FAS-202: Introduction to Humanities II
This course offers vocabulary, understanding and appreciation of the visual arts in their cultural contexts in history, religion, literature, music and ideas. It focuses on the cultural periods of the Baroque, the Enlightenment, Romanticism and Early Modernism while also exploring related issues in non-European cultures. May be taken independently of FAS-201.

Select One of the Following:

COM-212: Public Speaking
This course is designed to help students develop abilities, including organization and delivery skills, for all speaking situations. The evaluation and improvement of voice, diction, articulation and posture also are studied. May not be used as literature elective.
HIS-114: United States History II: 1865-Present
The second half of the United States history survey course covers the period following the Civil War. The economic, political and ideological developments that allowed the United States to attain a position of the world leadership are closely examined. Required for majors in History and Social Studies Education with a concentration in History.
PHL-210: Introduction to Philosophy
This course provides a general introduction to the big questions of philosophy, including questions of existence, knowledge, freedom and meaning. The purpose of the course is to introduce students to great thinkers and theories while engaging them in the exploration of the same beginning questions applied to contemporary issues. Offered every semester.

Creative Writing and English (BA) Online Major Courses

ENG-226: Introduction to Creative Writing
An introductory creative writing course designed to acquaint students with the craft of creating writing and the skills that will be required in subsequent creative writing workshops. Students will explore such craft issues as point of view, voice, characterization, dialogue, setting, conflict, rhythm, imagery, poetic structure, and dramatic scene development. Students will be expected to submit a number of writing exercises, including stories and poems. Student will also be expected to read and comment on their peers' writing with thoughtful and constructive criticism, as well as read and discuss published work.
ENG-340: Context of Writing: Writers/Publishing
ENG 340 is a survey course in contemporary literature designed for students interested in creative writing. Students will be asked to read contemporary American authors such as Jennifer Egan, Lev Grossman, Joan Didion, Ben Lerner, Sheila Heti, James Wood, Curtis Sittenfeld, George Saunders and Karen Russell with special attention to prose style, structure, and the influence of modern and postmodern literary movements. Students will workshop each other's creative writing, informed by the aesthetic strategies they've gleaned from the reading material. Students will also receive an introduction to the culture and history of contemporary American book publishing and literary magazine publishing.
ENG-121, ENG-121H or ENG-200
ENG-350: The English Language
This course is an introduction to the following topics in English linguistics: history of English, etymology, vocabulary (morphology), phonology, dictionaries, syntax, semantics, dialects, discourse analysis, and child language acquisition. The course is designed for students who want to learn about the English language as preparation for teaching, or for becoming better writers, or for studying literature. Students will have the opportunity to research, write about, and present on a linguistic topic of individual interest such as the language of advertising or propaganda.
ENG-120 or 120H and junior standing or instructor
LIT-300: Literary Theory
This course is an introduction to the major schools of contemporary critical theory, and an examination of principal exponents of these theories. The student will become familiar with the most important features of psychoanalytic criticism, Marxism and feminism and examine the meaning of structuralism and post-structuralism. In addition, the course affords an opportunity to practice applying the theories to specific literary texts. Not available every semester.
ENG-120 or 120H and junior standing or instructor
LIT-319: Shakespeare
Students in LIT 319 study selected Shakespearian comedies, tragedies and chronicle plays. The course also provides the students with a general overview of the Elizabethan era and the world in which Shakespeare lived and worked. Not available every semester.
ENG-120 or ENG-120H

LIT ELE - Students may select one 200-level Literature elective
LIT ELE - Students may select one 400-level Literature elective

Poetry Concentration

ENG-328: Poetry Writing Workshop
This course is a roundtable forum in which 10 to 15 students will write short or long poems using traditional and experimental forms. Members of the class will produce on a weekly basis and take turns presenting their manuscripts to the group for commentary and discussion. May not be used as a literature elective. Not available every semester.
ENG-120 or ENG-120H
ENG-348: Intermediate Poetry Writing Workshop
This course is the second step in the creative writing sequence for poetry majors and helps students develop as both poets and critical readers of poetry. Students will substantially explore and practice methods honed by distinguished poets of the past and present, with special attention to poems' endings and beginnings, point of view, word choice, imagery, voice, and meaning. Students will regularly critique their peers' work, and they will use feedback they receive from peers to revise and improve their own writing.
ENG-358: Advanced Poetry Writing Workshop
Students in this course will continue the study of the craft, tradition, and the contemporary state of the art of poetry. They will explore additional poetic forms, including persona poems and confessional, pattern poems and poems as social commentary. They will read, critique, discuss, and write poems, which they will share and 'workshop' with their peers in class. Students will expand their acquaintance with poetry and its aesthetic values; engage with sophisticated literary analysis of poetry; and explore their own writing with special attention to image, form, line, meter, voice, place, and intent.
ENG-421: New Media: Writing and Publishing
This course introduces students to the latest trends in new media writing and publishing. Students will gain insight and practical understanding of how today's digital environment affects their field. This course will focus extensively on writing content for a variety of digital formats and employing media to showcase one's works.

Free Elective Credits: 33

Total Credits: 120

SNHU's online degree programs meet the needs of today's students while ensuring educational quality and real-world applicability. Contact us to learn more about the SNHU difference.