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3.2.26.1

Program Overview

The mission of the Creative Writing Department is to provide students with the skills and resources–including classes, workshops, master residencies, and graduate-level experiences–to help them create original work and expand their understanding of historical and contemporary literatures.

In pursuit of this mission, the Creative Writing Department aims to achieve the following goals:

  1. To engage in the ongoing practice of writing, through experimenting with different genres and forms, developing a personal aesthetic, and giving and receiving constructive feedback on new work;
  2. To engage in the ongoing practice of reading, through learning to assess literary techniques, identify rhetorical elements, and recognize both innovative and traditional works and themes;
  3. To pursue the study of literature from different centuries and cultures, learning to recognize narrative traditions, identify historical and cultural context, and find places of intersection within contemporary literature;
  4. To nurture a beneficial relationship with the MFA Program that broadens the educational experiences and opportunities of students and faculty on both the graduate and undergraduate level.

Vision: The Creative Writing Department aims to provide a rigorous and innovative curriculum of creative and critical instruction for students pursuing a creative writing major or minor, as well as students wishing to broaden their liberal arts experiences.



3.2.26.2

Major in Creative Writing

(See also English/Creative Writing Major within the English Department, section 3.2.07.2.3)

The creative writing major leads students through the combined study and practice of both writing and literature with a breadth of experience in various genres, culminating in a capstone course devoted to exploring professional practices and creating a final portfolio.

Grades: Students must pass courses with a grade of C- or better to count toward fulfillment of the major.

Total Credit Hours: Students must earn a minimum of 44 credit hours in writing and English to fulfill the major requirements.

  1. Four (4) credit hours of the following course (introductory):
    1. WRI 140 Creative Writing: Introduction
  2. Twenty (20) credit hours in writing, including
    1. A. Eight (8) credit hours from the following (intermediate genre):
    2. WRI 211 Creative Writing: Poetry
    3. WRI 212 Creative Writing: Fiction
    4. WRI 213 Creative Writing: Creative Nonfiction
    5. B. Eight (8) credit hours from the following (advanced genre):
    6. WRI 311/312 Advanced Fiction Workshop*
    7. WRI 313/314 Advanced Poetry Workshop*
    8. WRI 316/317 Advanced Creative Nonfiction Workshop*
    9. WRI 394 Creative Writing: MFA Residency AND WRI 395 Creative Writing: MFA Workshop (4 credit hours combined)
    10. C. Four (4) credit hours in writing or research. Possible courses include (but are not limited to):
    11. WRI 142 Introduction to Writing for the Media
    12. WRI 210/310 Creative Writing: Playwriting
    13. WRI 220 Writing About Place
    14. WRI 320 Environmental Writing
    15. WRI 381 Research in Creative Writing
    16. Writing Special Topics courses
    17. Approved College Composition II courses in any department
  3. Sixteen (16) credit hours from among the following English courses:
    1. A. Four (4) credit hours from the following (pre-1800):
    2. ENG 130 Scriptural and Doctrinal Backgrounds to Western Culture
    3. ENG 131 Classical Backgrounds to Western Culture
    4. ENG 215 Epic-Heroic Mode
    5. ENG 335 Medieval Life and Literature
    6. ENG 336 Literature and Culture of the Renaissance
    7. ENG 340 Chaucer
    8. ENG 341 Shakespeare
    9. ENG 343 Milton
    10. ENG 344 Literature and Culture of the Restoration and Queen Anne Period
    11. ENG 345 Literature and Culture of the Enlightenment Period
    12. B. Four (4) credit hours from the following (post-1800):
    13. ENG 223 Survey of American Literature**
    14. ENG 255-257 Selected Nineteenth-Century Authors**
    15. ENG 337 Romanticism
    16. ENG 338 Literature and Culture of the Victorian Period
    17. ENG 339 Modernism**
    18. ENG 347 Colonial and Postcolonial Literature**
    19. C. Four (4) credit hours from the following (contemporary and/or American):
    20. ENG 223 Survey of American Literature**
    21. ENG 255-257 Selected Nineteenth-Century Authors**
    22. ENG 265-268 The Novel**
    23. ENG 270 African-American Writings
    24. ENG 273 Literature by Women
    25. ENG 339 Modernism**
    26. ENG 347 Colonial and Postcolonial Literature**
    27. ENG 351-353 Selected Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century Authors
    28. WRI 308 Reading Contemporary Writers
    29. Other courses in ENG, WRI, or LAN with appropriate focus and approval of the Director
    30. D. Four (4) credit hours from the following (genre-directed):
    31. ENG 140 Introduction to Reading and Writing about Literature and Culture
    32. ENG 151 Introduction to Fiction
    33. ENG 155 Introduction to Reading Poetry
    34. ENG 210 Autobiography and Biography: Selves and Others
    35. ENG/THR 250 Introduction to Classical Theatre
    36. ENG 251 Introduction to Modern Theatre
    37. ENG 265-268 The Novel**
    38. ENG 330 Linguistics and History of the English Language: An Introduction and Survey
    39. WRI 301 Reading Genre and Form
    40. Other courses in ENG, WRI, or LAN with appropriate focus and approval of the Director
    41. *Courses may be repeated for credit.
    42. **Course may be applied to only one requirement block.
  4. Four (4) credit hours from the following course (capstone):
    1. WRI 419 Senior Writing Portfolio
  5. Recommended:
    1. A. A grammar course
    2. ENG 230 Modern English Grammar
    3. B. A substantial internship in writing (with approval of the Director)
    4. WRI 484 Internship Seminar (2cr)
    5. 	OR
    6. WRI 485 Creative Writing Internship (1-8cr)

(See also English/Creative Writing Major within the English Department, section 3.2.07.2.3)



3.2.26.3

Minor in Creative Writing

The Creative Writing Minor permits students with a strong interest in writing to combine this interest with study in other fields. The minor gives the student an opportunity to write extensively in a variety of genres that culminates in a capstone senior portfolio.

Grades: Students must pass courses with a grade of C or better to count toward fulfillment of the minor.

Total Credit Hours: Students must earn a minimum of 24 credit hours in writing and English to fulfill the minor requirements.

  1. Course Requirements:
    1. A. Four (4) credit hours of the following course (introductory):
    2. WRI 140 Creative Writing: Introduction
    3. B. Eight (8) credit hours from the following:
    4. WRI 210 Creative Writing: Playwriting
    5. WRI 211 Creative Writing: Poetry
    6. WRI 212 Creative Writing: Fiction
    7. WRI 213 Creative Writing: Creative Nonfiction
    8. WRI 320 Environmental Writing
    9. C. Four (4) credit hours from the following:
    10. ENG 140 Introduction to Reading and Writing about Literature and Culture
    11. ENG 151 Introduction to Fiction
    12. ENG 155 Introduction to Reading Poetry
    13. ENG 210 Autobiography and Biography: Selves and Others
    14. ENG 251 Introduction to Modern Theatre
    15. ENG 265-268 The Novel
    16. ENG 330 Linguistics and History of the English Language: An Introduction and Survey
    17. WRI 301 Reading Genre and Form
    18. Other courses in ENG, WRI, or LAN with appropriate focus and approval of the Director
    19. D. Four (4) credit hours from the following:
    20. WRI 311 Advanced Fiction Workshop*
    21. WRI 313 Advanced Poetry Workshop*
    22. WRI 316 Advanced Creative Nonfiction Workshop*
    23. WRI 394 Creative Writing: MFA Residency AND WRI 395 Creative Writing: MFA Workshop (4 credit hours combined)
    24. E. Four (4) credit hours from the following course (capstone):
    25. WRI 419 Senior Writing Portfolio
    26. *Courses may be repeated for credit.
  2. Recommended:
    1. A. A grammar course
    2. ENG 230 Modern English Grammar
    3. B. A substantial internship in writing (with approval of the Director)
    4. WRI 484 Internship Seminar (2cr)
    5. 	OR
    6. WRI 485 Creative Writing Internship (1-8cr)