Catalogue 2017 - 2018

Creative Writing Major

General Information

The Creative Writing major is intended for students who wish to combine the study of creative writing with the study of literature. Students will gain training in the art of writing within the context of aesthetics, the literary tradition, and a broad liberal arts education. The major offers students a rigorous “apprenticeship” in creative writing, developing students’ understanding of literary forms and tropes, and providing the appropriate background in literary and intellectual history.

Career Opportunities

The Creative Writing major will provide an excellent foundation from which students can continue to grow as writers. Because the combination of writing and literature will deal with everything from form and structure to editing to rewriting to critical thinking, Creative Writing graduates will be well suited for careers in all fields of writing, publishing, editing, advertising, technical writing, public relations, as well as graduate study.

English Faculty

Professor: Janet Bowdan

Associate Professors: Pearl Abraham, Lisa Drnec-Kerr

Professional Educator: Stephanie Wardrop

Program Objectives

  1. To allow students to see and appreciate their own participation in a great tradition and learn the difference between imitation and innovation by studying the works of great writers and literary techniques so many have used.
  2. To increase the student’s ability to read and understand a variety of literary works and to improve the students’ ability to write clear, grammatical, rhetorically effective prose and poetry.
  3. To develop the ability to recognize literary techniques in others’ works and to utilize these techniques effectively in their own work.
  4. To develop an independent and recognizable artistic “voice” and an increased imaginative capacity.
  5. To gain a familiarity with the aspects of the publishing industry most relevant to their work and an experience with the process of submitting works of publishable quality.

General University and College Requirements

See General University Requirements and College of Arts and Sciences Requirements.

Degree Requirements


Courses

ENGL 2XXIntroduction to Creative Writing

3 cr.

ENGL 351Fiction Workshop

3 cr.

ENGL 352Poetry Workshop

3 cr.

ENGL 354Creative Non-Fiction Workshop

3 cr.

ENGL 231British Literature I

3 cr.

ENGL 232British Literature II

3 cr.

ENGL 316Shakespeare: The Comedies and Histories

3 cr.

ENGL 3XX/4XXEnglish Elective

3 cr.

ENGL 3XX/4XXEnglish Elective

3 cr.

ENGL 480Internship in English

1-3 cr.

ENGL 410English Seminar

3 cr.

And

ENGL 251American Literature I

3 cr.

or

ENGL 252American Literature II

3 cr.

And

ENGL 314Shakespeare: Plays and Poems

3 cr.

or

ENGL 315Shakespeare: The Tragedies

3 cr.

ENGL 3XX/4XX: With approval of the Department Chair, courses in other departments may be substituted.

Freshman Year- Fall Semester

ENGL 132English Composition I

3 cr.

LA 100First Year Seminar

2 cr.

MATH 1XXMathematical Analysis

3 cr.

GEN XXXGeneral Elective

3 cr.

CS 13XComputer Competence

3 cr.

PEHR 151Personal Health and Wellness

1 cr.

Total Credit Hours:15

Freshman Year - Spring Semester

ENGL 133English Composition II

3 cr.

PEHR 153-199Lifetime Activity

1 cr.

MATH 1XXMathematical Analysis

3 cr.

PH XXXEthical Perspective

3 cr.

GEN XXXGeneral Elective

3 cr.

HIST XXXHistorical Perspective

3 cr.

Total Credit Hours:16

Sophomore Year - Fall Semester

ENGL 237Creative Writing

3 cr.

ENGL 2xxOne literature survey course

3 cr.

SBP XXXSocial/Behavioral Sciences Perspective

3 cr.

ILP XXXIntegrated Liberal Professional Perspective

3 cr.

LAB XXXLaboratory Science Requirement

3 cr.

Total Credit Hours:15

Sophomore Year - Spring Semester

ENGL 2XXTwo literature survey courses

6 cr.

CUL XXXCultural Studies Perspective

3 cr.

ART XXXAesthetic Perspective

3 cr.

And

ENGL 314Shakespeare: Plays and Poems

3 cr.

or

ENGL 315Shakespeare: The Tragedies

3 cr.

or

ENGL 316Shakespeare: The Comedies and Histories

3 cr.

Total Credit Hours:15

Junior Year - Fall Semester

ENGL 351Fiction Workshop

3 cr.

ENGL XXXEnglish Elective

3 cr.

LAB/NSP XXXLaboratory Science or Natural Science Perspective

3 cr.

GEN XXXGeneral Elective

3 cr.

GEN XXXGeneral Elective

3 cr.

Total Credit Hours:15

Junior Year - Spring Semester

ENGL 352Poetry Workshop

3 cr.

ENGL 338/411Major Authors

3 cr.

ENGL XXXEnglish Elective

3 cr.

GEN XXXGeneral Elective

3 cr.

GEN XXXGeneral Elective

3 cr.

Total Credit Hours:15

Senior Year - Fall Semester

ENGL 354Creative Non-Fiction Workshop

3 cr.

ENGL XXXEnglish Elective

3 cr.

GEN 3XXGeneral Electives

9 cr.

Total Credit Hours:15

Senior Year - Spring Semester

ENGL 410English Seminar

3 cr.

GEN 3XXGeneral Electives

13 cr.

Total Credit Hours:16

Courses taken to complete the major fulfill the A & S Writing Intensive Requirement. 

Total Credit Hours: 122