Lenoir-Rhyne University

625 7th Avenue NE, Hickory, NC 28601

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Lenoir-Rhyne University offers a Master of Arts degree in Writing for students who are interested in studying multiple disciplines and fields to understand human ideas in philosophy, history, written and spoken literature. These ideas specialize in the development of fiction and nonfiction literature in the process of developing a stylistic interpretation of the written language. Students will learn about the humanities and their relationships in political, religious, social, historic and scientific contexts and how writing styles and schools of writing have developed in response to those changes. Students will study the history of literature, and how literature has developed stylistically. The program prepares students for future studies in literary arts and liberal arts and prepares them for roles requiring mastery of the written word.

Students will study the liberal arts, writing history, and writing techniques within a context of the development of the student’s writing ability. Those classes include aesthetics, literary theory, studies in history, studies in philosophy, studies in human, political, and social sciences, creativity and its development, creative writing and short stories, creative writing and novels, creative writing and poetry, creative writing and genre writing, creative writing and performance writing, creativity and its development, ethnic voices and poetry, and the poetics of western drama.

Students completing the degree will have demonstrated expert education and professional qualifications in the knowledge, understanding, and the ability to use the written word. These qualifications include the ability to demonstrate acquired skills and knowledge of the history of creative writing, to understand the study of fictional literature and general education areas that are the foundation to life skills and further education, to demonstrate a basic knowledge in several areas of the humanities, and to develop a broad foundation for advanced studies.

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    Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


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