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Creative Writing (39 Credits)

Beginning Fall 2013

The concentration in Creative Writing is designed to provide students with an informed appreciation of the depth and breadth of literature written in English, as well as the opportunity to develop their own interests and skills in creative writing. Students concentrating in Creative Writing take ENGL 252 Introduction to Literary Studies, five required courses in literature, and at least four creative writing workshops.

The first workshop for ALL students is the 3-genre workshop, ENGL 300: Introduction to Creative Writing, which must be passed with a grade of B or higher in order to qualify for this concentration.

This Concentration Consists of Four Parts:

A. ENGL 252 Introduction to Literary Studies (3 credits) – to be taken within one semester of declaring the major

B. Five Required Literature Courses (15 credits)

1. ENGL 338 Survey of British Literature: Early Texts to the 18th Century

2. One course chosen from the following courses in American Literature:

  • ENGL 395 Survey of American Literature: Origins to the Civil War
  • ENGL 396 American Prose from Reconstruction to World War I
  • ENGL 397 Pre-Twentieth Century American poetry

3. One course chosen from the following courses in Multi-Ethnic or Transnational Literatures written in English:

  • ENGL 318 Topics in Literature of Non-European Americans
  • ENGL 320 Multi-Ethnic American Literature
  • ENGL 321 Topics in African American Literature
  • ENGL 324 Topics in Native-American Literature
  • ENGL 325 Postcolonial Literature in English
  • ENGL 327 Topics in Caribbean Literature

4. One course chosen from the following courses in Literary Theory, Linguistics, or Rhetoric:

  • ENGL 306 Literary Theory
  • ENGL 330 Sociolinguistics
  • ENGL 331 The Structure of Modern English
  • ENGL 332 The History of the English Language
  • ENGL 340 History of Rhetoric
  • ENGL 348 English Across the World

5. One 300- or 400-level English course with a focus on literature or rhetoric before 1800

Note: Students may use a period appropriate Honors Seminar to satisfy this requirement. Students may not use ENGL 338 or 395 to satisfy this requirement.

Students may choose from among the following English courses: 317*, 318*, 319*, 321*, 322*, 323*, 324*, 326*, 327*, 329*, 332, 333*, 334, 335, 336, 337, 340, 342*, 347*, 350, 351, 352, 353, 354, 355, 358*, 359, 360, 361, 362, 363, 364, 365, 368, 371, 372, 382, 383,384, 386*, 387*, 388*, 389*, 391*, 392*, 394*, 398*, 399*, 490*, 494*

Note: Topics courses, marked with *, must conform to the pre-1800 period requirement. Consult individual course descriptions or an English advisor for guidance.

C. Four Required Creative Writing Workshops (12 credits)

1. All students who are planning to concentrate in Creative Writing must first take the three-genre ENGL 300: Introduction to Creative Writing course and pass it with a grade of B or higher.

2. After successfully completing English 300 with a grade of B or higher, students take three more creative writing workshops from the following, at least one of which must be a level-II workshop:

  • ENGL 308 Workshop in Non-Fiction I
  • ENGL 309 Workshop in Non-Fiction II
  • ENGL 311 Workshop in Fiction I
  • ENGL 313 Workshop in Fiction II
  • ENGL 314 Workshop in Poetry I
  • ENGL 316 Workshop in Poetry II
  • ENGL 484 Special Studies Seminar (offerings vary and may include: Advanced Workshop in Poetry; Advanced Prose Writing; Narrative Forms: Strategies in Fiction; or The Art of Revision: Poetry and Fiction – See the Department web page each semester for current information.)

Note: Students may not take a Level-II Workshop without first taking the Level-I Workshop in that genre. Students may not take ENGL 484 without first taking a Level-II Workshop in that genre.

Additional Note: Students may repeat level-II workshops once for credit.

D. Three Electives (9 credits)

Electives may be chosen from any of the department’s 300-or 400-level courses, including, if the student is eligible, one of the Honors Seminars (ENGL 494). In special cases, full-time faculty may find it appropriate to supervise a student who is interested in taking on an individual creative project for 3 credits; this option is listed in the catalogue, and in semester-by-semester class postings, as ENGL 485: Independent Tutorial Study. Successful completion of such a course may also, if arranged beforehand, qualify as an Honors course.

All English majors also have the option to take one of their elective courses in another department. In order to do this, students must meet all of that department’s prerequisites for the course. Students with double majors may apply the course to one of those majors, but not both. For example, someone majoring in English and History who takes HIST 342.51 Britain Since 1689 may count that course toward either the English or History major, not both. Students may choose from the List of Eligible Courses and DepartmentsIf you wish to take a 300-level course in another department that is not on the list, you must get prior written approval from an English advisor and, in some cases, from the department offering the course.

Please use the Creative Writing checklist to help plan and monitor your progress in the major.

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