Catalogue 2021 - 2022

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

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


The following courses are required for all Creative Writing majors:

ENGL 237Creative Writing

3 cr.

ENGL 2xx/3xx Three Literary Period courses, one before 1900

9 crs

ENGL 351Fiction Workshop

3 cr.

ENGL 352Poetry Workshop

3 cr.

ENGL 354Creative Non-Fiction Workshop

3 cr.

ENGL 314Shakespeare: Plays and Poems

3 cr.

or

ENGL 315Shakespeare: The Tragedies

3 cr.

or

ENGL 316Shakespeare: The Comedies and Histories

3 cr.

or

ENGL 338/411Major Authors

3 cr.

or

ENGL 345Major African American Writers

3 cr.

ENGL XXXHistorically Underrepresented Literature

3 cr.

ENGL xxxWriting for Web courses-ENGL 270-ENGL 370-ENGL 371

3 cr.

FILM XXXFilm Elective

3 cr.

or

ENGL 3XX/4XXEnglish Elective

3 cr.

ENGL 2xx/3xx/4xxEnglish-Elective

3 cr.

ENGL 3XX/4XXEnglish Elective

3 cr.

ENGL 410English Seminar

3 cr.

ENGL 480Internship in English

3 cr.

Total Credit Hours:45

* Literary period courses: ENGL 231, ENGL 232, ENGL 251, ENGL 252, ENGL 322, ENGL 327, ENGL 328, ENGL 329, ENGL 353, and ENGL 357. Pre-1900 courses: ENGL 231, ENGL 251, ENGL 322, ENGL 327, and ENGL 328

** Historically underrepresented literature courses: ENGL 223, ENGL 224, ENGL 336, ENGL 341, ENGL 343, and ENGL 345

*** Writing for the Web courses: ENGL 270, ENGL 370 and ENGL 371

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

Total Credit Hours: 45