Creative Writing (BA)

Program Requirements

Major Common Core

Required Writing and Reading courses - Choose 20 Credit(s). English 242 is a pre-requisite for ENG 340 or 341. ENG 340 or 341 is a prerequisite for any 300-level workshop. ENG 344 and either 342 or 343 are pre-requisites for a 400-level practicum course. A 400-level practicum is a pre-requisite for ENG 447 Creative Writing Capstone.

An introduction to writing poetry and short prose. This course does not assume previous creative writing experience on the part of the student. ENG 242 is a prerequisite for ENG 340 or 341.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-11

An introduction to literary genres and to the techniques of writing about literature.

Prerequisites: ENG 101 

Introduction to writing poems. ENG 344 and one course from either ENG 342 or 343 are prerequisites for a 400-level practicum course.

Prerequisites: Select one course: ENG 340 or ENG 341.

This course enables BA and BFA Creative Writing students to bring their previous critical and creative study to bear in a final program project. All required, elective, and practicum creative writing workshops must be completed before taking this course.

Prerequisites: Choose from either ENG 446, ENG 449, ENG 494, or ENG 495

Diverse Cultures: Purple

This course approaches works of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction from the past 30 years with a special focus on the craft issues that are central components of each work's success. English 448 is a required course for BA and BFA majors in creative writing.

Prerequisites: none

Diverse Cultures: Purple

Major Restricted Electives

British Literature - Choose 4 Credit(s).

Representative works from British literature encompassing Beowulf through the Eighteenth Century. Prereq: ENG 275

Prerequisites: ENG 275W 

Representative works from British Literature, the Romantic Period to the present. Prereq: ENG 275

Prerequisites: ENG 275W 

American Literature - Choose 4 Credit(s).

A survey of American Literature from its beginnings to the end of the Civil War. Prereq: ENG 275

Prerequisites: ENG 275W 

A survey of American Literature from the end of the Civil War to the present. Prereq: ENG 275

Prerequisites: ENG 275W

World Literature - Choose 4 Credit(s).

Topics on themes, issues, and developments in genres of the literatures of the world. Content changes. May be repeated.

Prerequisites: none

Diverse Cultures: Purple

A study of selected novels from a variety of time periods and cultures, including Eastern and Western Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

Prerequisites: none

Major Author courses - Choose 4 Credit(s). Emphasis must be on three or fewer authors.

Studies in selected authors. Specific authors change. May be repeated with content changes.

Prerequisites: none

A study of Shakespeare's comedies and histories. This course will run for a half-semester.

Prerequisites: none

A study of Shakespeare's tragedies. This course will run for a half-semester.

Prerequisites: none

Topics in Creative Writing Form and Technique is a variable-title course that explores special topics relating to the technical mastery of one or more creative genres, or the technical achievement of one or more practitioners. May be repeated with different topics. WHEN OFFERED AS A CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP, this course serves as a practicum course for the BA and BFA majors in Creative Writing and will serve as a pre-requisite for ENG 447 Creative Writing Capstone.

Prerequisites: none

Theory/Criticism or Linguistics - Choose 4 Credit(s).

The English language considered structurally (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics) and sociolinguistically (geographical and social dialects, gender issues, acquisition of first and second language, standard and nonstandard forms).

Prerequisites: none

Theories of literature and its production and use. Prereq: 6 semester credits in literature.

Prerequisites: 6 semester credits in literature 

The development of English from its origins as a dialect of Proto-Indo-European to its current form, with consideration of its social history as well as its formal development.

Prerequisites: none

Trends in film theory and criticism. Practice in critical analysis. Pre-req: 329 or permission of instructor.

Prerequisites: FILM 329 or permission of instructor

Form and Technique courses - Choose 4 Credit(s). ENG 340 or 341 must be taken before any 300-level workshop.

Study of the technical underpinnings of fiction and nonfiction genres. This course or ENG 341 is a prerequisite for any 300-level creative writing workshop.

Prerequisites: ENG 242W

Study of the technical underpinnings of poetry. This course or ENG 340 is a prerequisite for any 300-level creative writing workshop.

Prerequisites: ENG 242W

Elective Beginning Workshops - Choose 4 Credit(s). Along with ENG 344, ENG 342 or 343 must be taken before a 400-level practicum course.

Introduction to writing personal essays and literary journalism. ENG 344 and one course from either ENG 342 or 343 are prerequisites for a 400-level practicum course.

Prerequisites: Select one course: ENG 340 or ENG 341.

Introduction to writing short stories. ENG 344 and one course from either ENG 342 or 343 are prerequisites for a 400-level practicum course.

Prerequisites: Select one course: ENG 340 or ENG 341.

Practicum courses - Choose 4 Credit(s). Acceptable sections of 449, 494, and 495 will be workshops.

Introduction to writing for the screen. May be repeated with new content. This course serves as a practicum course for the BA and BFA majors in Creative Writing and will serve as a pre-requisite for ENG 447 Creative Writing Capstone.

Prerequisites: Writing course or consent: Choose from either FILM 114, ENG 342, ENG 343, or ENG 344.

Topics in Creative Writing Form and Technique is a variable-title course that explores special topics relating to the technical mastery of one or more creative genres, or the technical achievement of one or more practitioners. May be repeated with different topics. WHEN OFFERED AS A CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP, this course serves as a practicum course for the BA and BFA majors in Creative Writing and will serve as a pre-requisite for ENG 447 Creative Writing Capstone.

Prerequisites: none

Specialized workshops in topics such as computer assisted writing, teaching the writing of poetry in the secondary school, or discipline-specific writing. May be repeated with change in topic. WHEN OFFERED AS A CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP, this course serves as a practicum course for the BA and BFA majors in Creative Writing and will serve as a pre-requisite for ENG 447 Creative Writing Capstone.

Prerequisites: none

Specialized, in-depth study of topics such as Holocaust literature, environmental literature, or regional literature. May be repeated with change in topic. WHEN OFFERED AS A CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP, this course serves as a practicum course for the BA and BFA majors in Creative Writing and will serve as a pre-requisite for ENG 447 Creative Writing Capstone.

Prerequisites: none

Other Graduation Requirements

Choose 8 credit(s): take one series Language