Bachelor of Arts in English
with a Concentration in Creative Writing

The English Department’s Concentration in Creative Writing bridges the traditions of the English Department with the innovations needed in today’s creative market place. Students will experience a strong core of literature class offerings on a diverse selection of topics to meet their individual interests and career goals and will also engage with a tiered system of Creative Writing Workshops, one at the entry level that will include both poetry and fiction and then one at the intermediate level in either poetry or fiction that the student will choose, as well as a chance to take workshop courses in sub genres including Children’s Literature, Young Adult Writing, Script and Playwriting, and Spoken Word Poetry. This concentration requires an internship program with opportunities to work with local presses, publishing companies and creative arts organizations. Students will also work one-on-one with faculty members who are professional, published writers.

(60 credits as listed below, with Undergraduate Curriculum requirements and electives to total a minimum of 128 credits)

1. Nine courses in English

  • EN 199 Interpreting Literature
  • EN 202 Research Writing for English Majors
  • EN 299 Interpreting Literature II
  • At least one course from the following: EN224, EN225, EN229, EN230
  • At least two courses from the following: EN320, EN321, EN322, EN323
  • At least two 300 level courses in literature from the following: EN320, 321, 322, 323, 327, 328, 329, 330, 332, 335, 336, 337, 341, 342, 344, 346, 350, 351, 352, 353, 355, 360, 361, 362, 363, 364, 365, 366, 381, 383, 384
  • EN 490 The Text, the Critic and the World

2. Three creative writing workshops from the following:

  • EN 212 Writing Poetry and Fiction I
  • One 200 level workshop from the following:
    • EN240 Intermediate Fiction Writing
    • EN241 Intermediate Poetry Writing
    • EN211 Creative Non-Fiction Workshop
    • EN272 Poetry for Page and Stage
  •  One 300 level workshop from the following:
    • CM 319 Writing for Television
    • EN 343 Writing for Children
    •  TH 350 Playwriting
    •  EN 368 Tell it Slant: Memoir Writing Workshop
    •  EN 369 Young Adult & Children’s Writing Workshop (Intermediate Level)
    •  EN 372 Special Studies in Writing
    •  EN 375 Fiction Writing Workshop 

 3. One course in oral performance from the following:

  • CM 110 Speech Communications
  • TH 150 Improvisation
  • TH 241 Acting: Scene Study

4. Career Internship

  • EN 371 Career Internship in English

5. Senior Manuscript Independent Study

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