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Degree Requirements

MFA Course Requirements

Writing Workshop

  • All workshops, except for ENG 480ENG 487ENG 490ENG 491, and ENG 497, are reserved for graduate students in the Department of English
Course Title Quarter Hours
Choose six courses from the following list:24
ENG 480
INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE WRITING
ENG 484
WRITING WORKSHOP TOPICS
ENG 487
TRAVEL WRITING
ENG 490
WRITING FOR MAGAZINES
ENG 491
SCIENCE WRITING
ENG 492
WRITING FICTION
ENG 493
WRITING POETRY
ENG 497
WRITING THE LITERATURE OF FACT

Studies in Language and Style

Course Title Quarter Hours
Choose one course from the following list:4
ENG 400
STRUCTURE OF MODERN ENGLISH
ENG 402
HISTORY OF ENGLISH PROSE STYLE
ENG 407
LANGUAGE AND STYLE FOR WRITERS
ENG 408
STYLISTICS

Electives in Language, Literature, Publishing and Teaching

Course Title Quarter Hours
Choose two courses from the following list:8
ENG 401
HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
ENG 426
THE ESSAY: HISTORY, THEORY, PRACTICE
ENG 473
TEACHING CREATIVE WRITING
ENG 474
TEACHING LITERATURE
ENG 476
TOPICS IN GENRE AND FORM
ENG 477
TOPICS IN PUBLISHING
ENG 478
TOPICS IN TEACHING
ENG 496
TOPICS IN EDITING
Any courses in “Studies in Language and Style” category (above) if not used to satisfy the Language and Style category requirement.
Any graduate-level courses in literature offered by the English department.
Courses from other programs may be substituted only with approval of program director.

Open Electives

Course Title Quarter Hours
Choose two courses from the following list:8
ENG 500
INDEPENDENT STUDY
ENG 509
INTERNSHIP
Any graduate-level courses in writing, literature, criticism, publishing, and teaching offered by the English department.
Up to two graduate level courses offered by the Department of Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse.
Courses from other programs may be substituted only with approval of program director. (Note: No more than two courses from outside of the English Department may count toward Open Electives.)

Thesis Requirement

Course Title Quarter Hours
Near the end of your second year, you will be required to register for ENG 501 THESIS RESEARCH. You will need to choose a thesis director and a second reader for your final thesis.
ENG 501THESIS RESEARCH4

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