The ability to weave words and sentences into stories and poems is truly something special. If you're lucky enough to have this talent and want to make your own contribution to a literary history that stretches back to least the 10th century when Beowulf, the oldest surviving piece of English literature, was written, you might consider majoring in creative writing. Students who choose this major must be deeply committed to writing and must love exercising those abilities. Classes focus on writing poetry, fiction, drama, and sometimes even creative nonfiction. In addition to fine tuning their writing skills, creative writing majors study literature from a writer's perspective.