Creative Writing Track

Program Overview

Our top-ranked Creative Writing program pairs aspiring undergraduate students with professors and instructors who are award-winning working artists, to study in small, close-knit workshop classes that emphasize the fruitful symbiosis between close reading and inventive writing. Students are encouraged to take courses in writing poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and cross genre or hybrid forms, where they gain a robust understanding of the literary conversation in which they wish to participate, and enjoy careful individual attention to their own original work. In addition to growing as writers, readers, and thinkers, the workshop model trains students to give and receive criticism, problem-solve in creative and original ways, work effectively in a solo and self-disciplined way as well as in a collaborate group, and think broadly about the application of their work to their communities, in a living and evolving literary tradition.  Students go on to work in such areas as advertising, copywriting, writing for television and cinema, arts administration, digital content creation, magazine writing and editing, information analysis, book publishing, law, education, and more.


* English Major: Creative Writing Requirements Checklist
This electronic requirement checklist can be completed and used during advising sessions or utilized to track the progress toward your degree.

► 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 
► 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) 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 Multi: 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 3049 Creative Writing and Social Change
ENGL 3053 Writing Fiction in the Digital Age
ENGL 3054 Creative Writing Pedagogy
ENGL 3055 Creative Writing from Real Life
ENGL 3056 Writing Comic Poetry & Prose
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 5114 Senior Writing Seminar: Creative Writing and Research
ENGL 5115 Senior Writing Seminar: Hybrid Forms
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).

English Courses in Global, Ethnic, and Minority Literature

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