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Bachelor of Arts in Writing Studies University of Washington



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Whether it be in a creative, technical or professional context--compelling writing impacts the world. Learn to think critically and creatively and to write effectively for a variety of purposes in a wide range of genres.

Writing Studies prepares you to be verbally and visually literate, encouraging your growth as a learner, citizen and professional. You can choose to specialize in either Creative Writing or Technical Communication.

In this major you will learn to:

Write in multiple genres for diverse audiences.

Apply writing and communication design skills in multiple contexts and for a range of purposes.

Develop an effective and self-aware writing process from invention to production.

Collaborate effectively in writing and information design.

Demonstrate an understanding of the role of writing in creating knowledge through artistic expression, critical inquiry and applied research.

Develop the ability to learn, adapt and use technologies and new media essential to their lives and careers.

Writing Studies Creative Writing track

The Creative Writing track is a distinctive literary arts program that emphasizes engaged writing in poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. The core of the creative writing program at UW Tacoma is innovation and its commitment to intersections with a variety of academic programs, as well as its foundational value of interdisciplinarity. With a sustainable core curriculum and contemporary-themed courses, students are offered multiple pathways to explore the literary arts both in and beyond the classroom.

Students on the creative writing track are part of an intimate community of peers dedicated to each other’s learning and expression in intersecting creative genres. In addition, students are offered the opportunity to meet local and national writers through reading series and visiting writers, while learning from core creative writing faculty who publish in their fields.

Opportunities for professionalization are available not only in writing, but also editorial and event planning for the university’s newspaper, The Ledger, and literary journal, Tahoma West. The UW Tacoma student group, The Warding, offers on-campus community, while local literary organizations and open mics enrich student experience in creative writing around the Puget Sound. This program provides a strong educational base for those who wish to pursue a Master’s degree in Fine Arts, as well as offering professional advice for those interested in other fields of study or careers.

Writing Studies Technical Communication track

Develop skills needed to communicate complex information in a way that is usable, compelling and grounded in user-centered design. Learn how to identify audience needs and make changes based on applied research.

Courses in writing, research and technical topics emphasize real-world design projects as you develop creatively and collaborative problem-solving skills.

The technical communication track positions you for careers in technical writing, user experience (UX) and usability as well as other fields where scientific and technical writing plays a central role. Gain professional experience through internships and working with community partners.

Career Options

The major in Writing Studies provides students with solid skills for seeking employment involving writing, including careers in education, publishing, public relations, grant writing and marketing.

Writing Studies Degree Requirements

For the creative writing track, you need to complete 60 credits. You need to earn 45 upper-division credits and 45 credits of School of IAS courses to meet degree requirements. You must earn a total of 180 quarter credits, or 225 quarter credits for a double degree, to earn a bachelor of arts degree in your chosen major.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Bachelor of Arts in Writing Studies.

Full Time (180 credit hours)

Tuition fees

$39,114.00 (28,66,059) per year




University of Washington Tacoma

1900 Commerce Street,



98402, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Student must have a High School Qualification.

Due to limited testing availability from COVID-19, the UW will accept the Duolingo’s English Test for autumn 2021 applicants. A minimum score of 105 will be required for admission. The TOEFL iBT special home edition and the IELTS Indicator at home exam will also be accepted for 2021 international freshman applicants.

English proficiency

TOEFL (iBT) - Minimum score required: 76, Recommended score: 92 or higher

IELTS - Minimum score required: 6.0, Recommended score: 7.0 or higher

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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