Jun 21, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English, Creative Writing Track, B.A.

Admission to the Creative Writing track is highly selective. To obtain admission, students must submit an application, available from the department, together with a sample of their writing. The application deadline, announced each semester on the department website, falls before the beginning of pre-registration, approximately the seventh week of the semester. Students who declare a major in English/Literature will be changed to English/Creative Writing upon acceptance into the track.  

Program Learning Outcomes

1)  The ability to read texts closely

2)  The ability to write clear and effective prose in accordance with conventions of standard English

3)  The ability to write analytically about texts in accordance with the conventions of textual criticism

4)  An understanding of how criticism as a practice gives rise to questions about how to conduct that practice, questions that are constitutive of the discipline: e.g., questions concerning what we should read, why we should read, and how we should read.

5)  The ability to read texts in relation to history

6)  An understanding of how texts are related to social and cultural categories (e.g., race, ehtnicity, gender, sexuality, class, ability), enterprises (e.g., philosophy, science, and politics), and institutions (e.g., of religion, of education)

7)  An understanding of how language as a system and linguistic change over time inform literature as aesthetic object, expressive medium, and social document

8)  The ability to “join the conversation” that is always ongoing among critics and scholars regarding texts, authors, and topics engaging with secondary sources

9)  An in-depth understanding of a single author, a small group of authors, or a narowly-defined topic, theme, or issue

10)  An understanding of the differences between and the requirements of genre (Creative Writing Track)

11) Knowledge of craft and technique in genres under study (Creative Writing Track)

12) Proficiency at critiqueing peer and published work (Creative Writing Track)

13) Knowledge of elements, modes, and forms of chosen genre (Creative Writing Track)

14) The ability to incorporate criticism into revision of creative work (Creative Writing Track)

15)  Proficiency at presenting work to readers in public readings, publication, or exhibits (Creative Writing Track)

16)  An understanding of the process of revision, submission, publication (Creative Writing Track)

17)  Knowledge of contemporary writers and literary journals (Creative Writing Track)

General Education Requirements (30-46 Credits)

Prerequisite coursework may be required to satisfy certain General Education courses and will count as elective credit.

Total Credits Required to Complete Major: 44

Basic Requirements: (24 Credits)

Literature Courses: (16 Credits)


  1. Students must take at least 4 creative writing course with “workshop” in the title (selected from poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction) at the 300 level.
  2. ENGL 426 - Editing and Production Workshop  may be substituted for one of the required 300-level workshops.

Minimum Competence Requirement

A grade of C- or better is required for each of the following courses: all courses submitted in fulfillment of the 44 hour requirement for the English major.

Department Writing Requirement

For the English Major, at least 16 Credits must be at the 300-level or above All courses in English emphasize the skills of effective writing. In addition, all 400-level Literature courses teach students how to join the conversation.

English majors are strongly urged to study a foreign language and literature.

Outline/Advising Guide

For Students who Matriculated prior to Fall 2022:

First Year

Fall (15 Credit Hours)

Spring (15 Credit Hours)

Second Year

Fall (15 Credit Hours)

Spring (16 Credit Hours)

ENGL 2__ Credit(s): 4
S/ Credit(s): 3
Foreign Language Credit(s): 3
U/ Credit(s): 3
F/ Credit(s): 3

Third Year

Fall (14 Credit Hours)

ENGL 3__ Credit(s): 4
ENGL 3__ Credit(s): 4
F/ Credit(s): 3
S/ Credit(s): 3

Spring (16 Credit Hours)

ENGL 4__ Credit(s): 4
Elective Credit(s): 3
Elective Credit(s): 3
Elective Credit(s): 3
Elective Credit(s): 3

Fourth Year

Fall (14 Credit Hours)

ENGL 4_ Credit(s): 4
Elective Credit(s): 3
Elective Credit(s): 3
Elective Credit(s): 4

Spring (15 Credit Hours)

Total Credit Hours: 120

Note: Where no prerequisites apply, some variation in the order or semester in which courses are taken is possible. Students should consult their academic advisors for additional information.