SNHU's online Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing with a concentration in Poetry degree program is an opportunity for aspiring poets to find inspiration, engagement and creative collaboration with peers and faculty alike. Our specialized program enables you to hone your craft and unleash your imagination, helping you create imagery as verse.
While a poetry degree 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 advertising copywriting. SNHU also offers an online Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing program with a concentration in Poetry.
As a student in our poetry degree online program, you'll begin taking writing courses during your first year, unlike most writing programs. You'll also have the chance to get published and learn from experienced authors through The Penmen Review, our own online journal for writers.
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your poetry degree online at SNHU include:
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of authors and writers is expected to grow by 8% through 2026.* Careers paths include work as a creative writer, advertising copywriter, journalist, publisher or poet.
Our online creative writing degree courses are taught by highly credentialed and accomplished instructors, including critically acclaimed writers with deep insights into the industry.
SNHU's bachelor's in poetry program includes:
General Education Program
Our programs are designed to equip you with the skills and insights you need to move forward. In recent years, employers have stressed the need for graduates with higher order skills - the skills that go beyond technical knowledge - such as:
All bachelor's students are required to take general education classes. Through foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Total Credits: 120
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.
*Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
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