The Creative Writing concentration gives students the opportunity to strengthen their creative writing and reading skills and their imaginations. Students take beginning, intermediate, and advanced courses in one or more of the following genres: fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Intermediate and advanced courses are primarily workshop classes in which students read and critique one another’s work. At the center of all creative writing courses is the study of craft. Students in the creative writing concentration also take a wide variety of literature classes, which prepare them to be writers by schooling them in literary traditions and styles. An internship program for all English majors offers creative writing students writing and research positions that may lead to employment. In addition, the creative writing program runs a vibrant reading series that gives students the chance to meet visiting writers.

Effective Fall 2015

For graduation, an English major must attain a minimum grade point average of 2.000 in upper-division composition and English courses.

Freshman
AUCCCredits
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
E 240Introduction to Poetry 3
SPCM 200Public Speaking 3
Arts and Humanities13B6
Biological and Physical Sciences3A7
Mathematics1B3
Electives 5
 Total Credits 30
Sophomore
 
E 210Beginning Creative Writing 3
E 270Introduction to American Literature (GT-AH2)3B3
Select one from the following: 3
Survey of British Literature I (GT-AH2)3B 
Survey of British Literature II (GT-AH2)3B 
English Elective 3
Philosophy2 3
Liberal Arts/History Elective3 3
Global and Cultural Awareness3E3
Historical Perspectives3D3
Social and Behavioral Sciences3C3
Elective 3
 Total Credits 30
Junior
 
Select one course from the following: 3
Writing Arguments (GT-CO3)2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Arts and Humanities (GT-CO3)2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Sciences (GT-CO3)2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Social Sciences (GT-CO3)2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Education (GT-CO3)2 
Select one course from the following: 3
Intermediate Creative Writing: Fiction  
Intermediate Creative Writing: Poetry  
Intermediate Creative Writing: Nonfiction  
E 341Literary Criticism and Theory4A,4B3
Second field4 3
Upper-Division English/Composition5 6
Electives 12
 Total Credits 30
Senior
 
Select one course from the following:6 3
Creative Writing Workshop: Fiction  
Creative Writing Workshop: Poetry  
Creative Writing Workshop: Nonfiction  
Select one course from the following: 3
Chaucer4C 
Topics in Literature and Language4C 
Individual Author4C 
Second field4 9
Upper-Division English/Composition5 12
Elective 3
 Total Credits 30
 Program Total Credits: 120
1

Excludes E subject code courses.

2

Select from the list of PHIL courses on English Department checksheet.

3

Select either one other course from the list of courses in AUCC 3D or one from the list of courses in the English Department checksheet.

4

The department requires majors to complete a second field. This may be met by completing the second semester of the second year of a foreign language or by completing 12 credits of upper division courses in a coherent field of study outside English.

5

The department requires creative writing concentrators to take 18 credits of upper-division E and/or CO courses: 3 credits must be in literatures of the British Isles before 1830 or in American or European literatures before 1900; 3 credits must be in literatures of the British Isles after 1830 or in American or European literatures after 1900; 3 credits must be in breakthroughs (ideological, racial, cultural, gendered), and 3 credits must be in a genre course. See the department for the courses that fulfill these 4 categories.

6

Selection must match subtopic of E 311A, E 311B, or E 311C.

Distinctive Requirements for Degree Program:
English majors must attain a minimum grade point average of 2.000 in upper‐division composition and English courses.
 

Freshman
Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2) X1A3
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Biological and Physical Sciences  3A3
Mathematics X1B3
Elective   3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
E 240Introduction to Poetry X 3
SPCM 200Public Speaking   3
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Biological and Physical Sciences  3A4
Elective   2
AUCC 1B (MATH) and CO 150 must be completed by the end of Semester 2.X   
 Total Credits   15
Sophomore
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
E 210Beginning Creative Writing X 3
E 270Introduction to American Literature (GT-AH2) X3B3
Global and Cultural Awareness  3E3
Social and Behavioral Sciences  3C3
Liberal Arts/History Elective (Select from AUCC 3D or Department Checksheet)   3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:   3
Survey of British Literature I (GT-AH2)X 3B 
Survey of British Literature II (GT-AH2)X 3B 
Historical Perspectives  3D3
Philosophy Course (Select from Department Checksheet)   3
English Elective   3
Elective   3
AUCC 3A (Biological and Physical Sciences), AUCC 3B (Arts and Humanities), AUCC 3C (Social and Behavioral Sciences), E 210, E 240, E 270 must be completed by the end of Semester 4.X   
 Total Credits   15
Junior
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:   3
Intermediate Creative Writing: Fiction X  
Intermediate Creative Writing: Poetry X  
Intermediate Creative Writing: Nonfiction X  
E 341Literary Criticism and Theory X4A,4B3
Upper-Division English/Composition Course (See footnote on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3
Electives   6
 Total Credits   15
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:   3
Writing Arguments (GT-CO3)X 2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Arts and Humanities (GT-CO3)X 2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Sciences (GT-CO3)X 2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Social Sciences (GT-CO3)X 2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Education (GT-CO3)X 2 
Second Field Course   3
Upper-Division English/Composition Course (See footnote on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3
Electives   6
 Total Credits   15
Senior
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:   3
Chaucer X4C 
Topics in Literature and Language X4C 
Individual Author X4C 
Second Field Courses   6
Upper-Division English/Composition Courses (See footnote on Concentration Requirements Tab)   6
 Total Credits   15
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following: (Must match subtopic of E 311A-C)   3
Creative Writing Workshop: FictionX   
Creative Writing Workshop: PoetryX   
Creative Writing Workshop: NonfictionX   
Second Field CourseX  3
Upper-Division English/Composition Courses (See footnote on Concentration Requirements Tab)X  6
ElectiveX  3
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   15
 Program Total Credits:   120