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Creative Writing Track

The Creative Writing track centers around a writing workshop model. This model includes studies in creative writing courses, creative writing projects, specific professional writing contexts, language studies, humanities contexts, surveys of British and American literature, and genre studies. Students will learn critical thinking, logical analysis of prose and non-prose works, grammar usage, and will build a foundation and skills to enhance their writing and analytical thinking.

Our professors have published award-winning pieces and have appeared in multiple journals, reviews, and magazines.

A relevant minor in a discipline suited to the student's interests is encouraged. A student with this degree could be looking for a career that involves writing creatively, working with media, designing magazine layouts, or teaching. Alumni from our undergraduate program have become published authors, worked as videographers, professors, and social workers.

Degree Requirements

Creative Writing majors need to complete all General Education requirements set forth by the university. The General Education requirements can be found here.

In addition to completing the General Education requirements, Creative Writing majors are required to complete 45 credits within the Department of English and Philosophy related to their area of emphasis. The courses students are required to take for their emphasis are listed below. Students are able to pick from a variety of different disciplines and genres for the Literature and Language Studies components.

Click here to download the English – Creative Writing Option Requirement Worksheet for your records.

Required Courses

  • ENGL 2211 – Introduction to Literary Analysis (3 cr.)

  • ENGL 2280 – Grammar and Usage (3 cr.)
    OR
    ENGL 2281 – Introduction to Language Studies (3 cr.)

  • ENGL 2206 – Creative Writing Workshop (3 cr.)
  • ENGL 3306 – Intermediate Creative Writing Workshop (3 cr.)
  • ENGL 3311 – Writing and Research About Literature (3 cr.)
  • ENGL 4406 – Advanced Creative Writing Workshop (3 cr.)
  • ENGL 4494 – Senior Seminar in Creative Writing (3 cr.)

Writing, Language, and Humanities Component

ONE of the following: (Language Studies)

  • ENGL 4480 – Varieties of American English (3 cr.)
  • ENGL 4481 – Studies in Grammar (3 cr.)
  • ENGL 4485 – Linguistic Analysis (3 cr.)
  • ENGL 4487 – History of the English Language (3 cr.)

ONE of the following: (Themes, Identity, and Performance Studies)

  •  ENGL 3305 – Art of the Film I (3 cr.)
  • ENGL 3328 – Gender in Literature (3 cr.)
  • ENGL 3356 – Ethnicity in Literature (3 cr.)
  • ENGL 4453 – American Indian Literature (3 cr.)
  • ENGL 4470 – Post-Colonial Literature (3 cr.)
  • ENGL 4490 – Folklore (3 cr.)
  • ENGL 4492 – Folklore and Literature (3 cr.)

ONE of the following: (Period Course)

  • ENGL 4461 – Studies in Classical Literature (3 cr.)
  • ENGL 4462 – Studies in Medieval Literature (3 cr.)
  • ENGL 4463 – Studies in Renaissance Literature (3 cr.)
  • ENGL 4464 – Studies in Seventeenth-Century Literature (3 cr.)
  • ENGL 4465 – Studies in Eighteenth-Century Literature (3 cr.)
  • ENGL 4466 – Studies in Early Nineteenth-Century Literature (3 cr.)
  • ENGL 4467 – Studies in Late Nineteenth-Century Literature (3 cr.)
  • ENGL 4468 – Studies in Early Twentieth-Century Literature (3 cr.)
  • ENGL 4469 – Studies in Contemporary Literature (3 cr.)

Literature Component

TWO of the following: (Survey Courses)

  • ENGL 2267 – Survey of British Literature I (3 cr.)
  • ENGL 2268 – Survey of British Literature II (3 cr.)
  • ENGL 2277 – Survey of American Literature I (3 cr.)
  • ENGL 2278 – Survey of American Literature II (3 cr.)

TWO of the following: (Genre Studies Courses)

  • ENGL 3321 – Genre Studies in Drama (3 cr.)
  • ENGL 3322 – Genre Studies in Poetry (3 cr.)
  • ENGL 3323 – Genre Studies in Prose Fiction (3 cr.)
  • ENGL 3324 – Genre Studies in Prose Non-Fiction (3 cr.)

ONE of the following: (Advanced Writing Courses)

  • ENGL 4401 – Advanced Composition and Prose Analysis (3 cr.)
  • ENGL 4406 – Advanced Creative Writing Workshop (in a different genre) (3 cr.)
  • ENGL 4409 – Literary Magazine Production (3 cr.)

Contact us:
Students who are interested in this track are encouraged to meet with one of our Creative Writing faculty to map out a course of study that meets their interests and goals.

Dr. Susan Goslee
Department of English and Philosophy
208-2822470
Bethany Schultz Hurst
Department of English and Philosophy
208-2825481

For additional information —
Krissy Turner
Administrative Assistant
Department of English and Philosophy
208-2822478

 


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