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Coming 2025: NC’s First Ph.D in Creative Writing

Big things are happening in the Department of English and Multimedia Studies at St. Augustine’s University in Raleigh. Starting in 2024, SAU will offer a B.F.A. in Creative Writing; they will offer a Ph.D in creative writing beginning in 2025. Students also may minor in creative writing and literary publishing.

This will make Saint Augustine’s the only academic institution in the state of North Carolina to offer a Ph.D program in creative writing.

Already, the program aims to create fully formed literary citizens that harness creative inspiration with technical expertise. Through various internship programs with the lit journal Raleigh Review and the publisher Backbone Press, students immerse themselves in the world of literature; an expanding course catalog prepares students academically for the 21st century.

Founded in 1867, SAU offers more than 20 undergraduate degree programs. Creative innovation has always been part of its legacy:

the University was the nation’s first historically black university to own an on-campus commercial radio station (WAUG-AM Power 750) and television station (WAUG-TV 168).

For more about creative writing at SAU, including a list of faculty, click here.