Writing, Literature & Publishing (BA)

Despite the increasing influence of visual media, the written word remains our society’s most ubiquitous form of communication. Whether it’s the rise of niche magazines, the return of the physical bookstore, or the growth of digital self-publishing, the written word isn’t disappearing—it’s evolving. Emerson’s Writing, Literature & Publishing major provides students with the knowledge, understanding, and skills across both print and digital media needed to thrive in this changing literary environment. 

From literary history and theory to critical reading techniques to creative writing, this program offers a broad foundation in literature as an art form and publishing as an industry. You will have the opportunity to take courses in magazine writing, copywriting, creative writing, literary studies, and traditional and digital publishing, exploring topics from a multitude of theoretical and cultural perspectives. 

Some students may also write or work for one of Emerson’s celebrated literary journals and magazines like Ploughshares, Redivider, em Magazine, The Emerson Review, Concrete Literary Magazine, Gauge, Stork, and Your Magazine. You will have a chance to learn from award-winning authors and publishing industry executives. Beyond the classroom, you will have access to coveted internships through our alumni network, which includes New York Times–bestselling authors, editors, and publishing professionals.   

Our graduates have gone on to become influential authors, screenwriters, critics, publishers, and communicators across media and industries—proving that the written word is just as potent and meaningful as ever. Our Writing, Literature & Publishing degree will help you build a future out of bringing all kinds of powerful stories to life.