English Major with Creative Writing Option, Bachelor of Arts (BA)

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Mission Statement: The Creative Writing Program develops students’ abilities in creative writing in the genres of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction on a foundation of study of significant literary texts in British, American, and world literature.

Creative Writing is a studio program designed to help students publish their artistic work. It is not intended to prepare a student for a specific career; however, our creative writing graduates, while publishing artistic work, have found diversified careers in editing, publishing, grant writing, teaching, professional schools and many fields less directly related to their writing abilities. Courses in technical communications are complementary to these career interests.

Note: two years of a single high school foreign language or one year of a single college level foreign language is required.

Students in the Creative Writing option are encouraged to register for 5+ credits from the following list of General Education Core Requirements: HUMN 210 or HUMN 211 or history courses appropriate to the student’s area of literary interest.

Pre-Major Requirements
Note: Students must complete CRWR 210 with a grade ≥3.0. ENGL 270 and ENGL 271 each require a grade ≥2.5 and ≥3.0 average for the two courses together.
CRWR 210INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE WRITING5
ENGL 270INTRODUCTION TO FICTION5
ENGL 271INTRODUCTION TO POETRY5
Department Core
ENGL 340SURVEY OF BRITISH LITERATURE I5
ENGL 341SURVEY OF BRITISH LITERATURE II5
ENGL 342SURVEY OF BRITISH LITERATURE III5
ENGL 343SURVEY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE I5
ENGL 344SURVEY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE II5
ENGL 350SHAKESPEARE5
Required Creative Writing Courses
CRWR 311FORM AND THEORY OF FICTION5
or CRWR 312 FORM AND THEORY OF POETRY
or CRWR 313 FORM AND THEORY OF LITERARY NONFICTION
CRWR 417CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP (must be repeated with choice of Fiction–Nonfiction–Poetry)10
CRWR 491CREATIVE WRITING SENIOR THESIS (cannot be taken until completion of CRWR 311, CRWR 312 or CRWR 313 and two CRWR 417 workshops)5
Additional creative writing credits–choose from the following 5
FORM AND THEORY OF FICTION
FORM AND THEORY OF POETRY
FORM AND THEORY OF LITERARY NONFICTION
LITERARY EDITING AND DESIGN
WILLOW SPRINGS EDITIONS INTERNSHIP
CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP
PUBLICATION DESIGN
Total Credits70

For information on General Education, see Undergraduate Degree .

Student Learning Outcomes—students will

  • demonstrate adherence to disciplinary conventions, including grammar, mechanics and appropriate citation style, and production of creative and rhetorically sensitive prose;
  • compose sophisticated arguments that are well organized and supported by research and textual evidence;
  • demonstrate essential skills of deep reading, analytical writing, and critical thinking;
  • demonstrate knowledge of literary texts, cultures and time periods in order to develop cultural awareness and competency.