Creative Writing Track Fiction Focus

Program Overview

The Creative Writing Track of the English major is designed for students who wish to study the craft of writing as well as broaden their perspectives of literature to include that of the writer. In this series of workshops and literature courses, students hone their skills, insight, and confidence as writers and readers. The Creative Writing Track of the English major offers useful preparation for careers in writing and editing.


  • A minimum of 36 credit hours is required, with at least 15 hours in the chosen track.
  • Only courses listed on this checklist count toward the major. If you wish to substitute a course, before taking it you must submit a petition to the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
  • English Composition (ENGL 1001) is prerequisite to any English Major coursework.
  • Although not required, it is highly recommended to complete the composition sequence (ENGL 2089: Intermediate Composition or equivalent) prior to beginning English Major coursework.

(1) Core Courses for All English Majors

  • ENGL 3000 Intro to English Studies
  • ENGL 3006 Intro to Shakespeare
  • ENGL 2007 or ENGL 2008 Survey: American Literature
  • ENGL 2134 or ENGL 2135 Survey: British Literature
  • English Course in Global, Ethnic, and Minority Literature in English (see below for list of approved courses)

(2) Required Creative Writing Track Requirements

Please be aware that some courses have prerequisites. Most intermediate courses require one introductory course. Capstones require at least one intermediate course.

  • One Introductory Course – choose one of the following:
    ENGL 2010 Introduction to Creative Writing: Poetry & Prose
    ENGL 2011 Introduction to Creative Writing: Fiction
    ENGL 2013 Introduction to Literary Nonfiction
    ENGL 2015 Introduction to Screenwriting
    ENGL 2017 Introduction to Creative Writing: Poetry
    ENGL 2027 Introduction to Creative Writing: Drama

  • One Forms Course – choose one of the following:
    ENGL 3085 Forms of Poetry
    ENGL 3086 Forms of Fiction
    ENGL 3087 Forms of Literary Nonfiction

  • Two Intermediate Courses – choose TWO of the following:
    ENGL 3015 Poetry and Sound
    ENGL 3022 Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy
    ENGL 3023 Writing the Mystery
    ENGL 3025 Writing Historical Fiction
    ENGL 3026 Writing Fiction with a Global Vision
    ENGL 3027 Writing Comic Fiction
    ENGL 3028 Memoir as Literature
    ENGL 3030 Writing the Love Poem
    ENGL 3031 The Poet as Actor: Persona and Voice in Poetry
    ENGL 3032 Music and Poetry
    ENGL 3033 Writing Prose Poetry and Flash Fiction
    ENGL 3034 Audiopoetics
    ENGL 3053 Writing Fiction in the Digital Age
    ENGL 3054 Creative Writing Pedagogy
    ENGL 3079 Creative Writing and the Environment 
    ENGL 3085 Forms of Poetry
    ENGL 3086 Forms of Fiction
    ENGL 3087 Forms of Literary Nonfiction
    ENGL 4012 Intermediate Creative Writing: Fiction
    ENGL 4013 Intermediate Literary Nonfiction
    ENGL 4017 Intermediate Creative Writing: Poetry

  • One Capstone – choose one of the following:
    ENGL 5111 Senior Writing Seminar: Fiction
    ENGL 5113 Senior Writing Seminar: Literary Nonfiction
    ENGL 5117 Senior Writing Seminar: Poetry

(3) English Electives

  • Choose two English courses, at the 2000 level or above, for a total of 6 hours. No English elective credit is given for 2000 level composition courses (ENGL 2089 or its equivalent). One elective must be a Literature course.

See advisor for approval of courses not on the list; then, fill out a petition to substitute a course form and submit to Undergraduate Director.

  • ENGL 2021 - World Literature I
  • ENGL 2022 - World Literature II
  • ENGL 2034 - Contemporary World Literature: Drama
  • ENGL 2037 - Contemporary World Literature: Poetry
  • ENGL 2045 - Lesbian and Gay Literature
  • ENGL 2054 - Women's Literature
  • ENGL 2057 - Twentieth-Century Women Authors
  • ENGL 2059 - American Jewish Literature
  • ENGL 2080 - Ethnic Literatures of the United States
  • ENGL 2083 - African American Literature Survey I
  • ENGL 2084 - African American Literature Survey II
  • ENGL 3041 - Introduction to American Ethnic Literature
  • ENGL 3042 - Topics in American Ethnic Literature
  • ENGL 3044 - Interracialism
  • ENGL 3047 - Jews and Race
  • ENGL 3088 - American Women Writers to 1900
  • ENGL 3089 - American Women Writers after 1900
  • ENGL 3095 - Race, Ethnicity, and Film
  • ENGL 3127 - Introduction to Critical Race Theory
  • ENGL 3161 - Black Women Writers
  • ENGL 3166 - Caribbean Literature
  • ENGL 3177 - Global English Fiction
  • ENGL 3178 - Transnational American Literature
  • ENGL 3182 - Modernism and Postmodernism in World Fiction
  • ENGL 4004 - African American Literature: Major Authors
  • ENGL 4035 - Lesbian Literature and Psychology