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Creative Writing

The Creative Writing concentration trains students in writing imaginatively for professional publication. Students strengthen their creative skills in a variety of genres through a series of writing workshops, which they take alongside courses in literary history and analysis. They acquire a solid grounding in literary forms; they learn to think critically and creatively about how writers represent the material of everyday life; they gain insight into writing and audience through the intense study of style, voice, and genre; and they develop an understanding of the standards by which literary works are judged.

Course Requirements

English Core:  20 hours

Course Title Quarter Hours
ENG/HON 101INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE4
ENG 205LITERATURE TO 17004
ENG 206LITERATURE FROM 1700 TO 19004
ENG 207LITERATURE FROM 1900 TO THE PRESENT4
Select one course focused on Race, Ethnicity, and Sexuality (RES).4

Creative Writing Workshops:  20 hours

Course Title Quarter Hours
ENG 201INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE WRITING4
Select one of the following:4
ENG 290
THE CRAFT OF CREATIVE NONFICTION WRITING (may be taken twice)
ENG 291
THE CRAFT OF FICTION WRITING (may be taken twice)
ENG 292
THE CRAFT OF POETRY WRITING (may be taken twice)
Select three additional writing workshops from the following:12
ENG 306
ADVANCED CREATIVE NONFICTION WRITING (may be taken twice)
ENG 307
ADVANCED FICTION WRITING (may be taken twice)
ENG 308
ADVANCED POETRY WRITING (may be taken twice)
ENG 309
ADVANCED TOPICS IN WRITING (repeatable with different topics)

Major Author Requirement:  4 hours

Course Title Quarter Hours
Select one major author course from the following:4
ENG 322
CHAUCER
ENG 327
MILTON
ENG 328
STUDIES IN SHAKESPEARE
ENG 332
MAJOR AUTHORS BEFORE 1800
ENG 342
MAJOR AUTHORS 1800-1900
ENG 382
MAJOR AUTHORS

Major Electives:  12 Hours

Three English electives of any level.

Research Intensive Requirement

English majors must take at least one course in English designated as "Research Intensive". These courses integrate research instruction and assignments with the subject matter of the course. Qualifying concentration requirements or major electives are designated as "Research Intensive" or "RI" in the quarterly schedule.

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