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Creative Writing Undergraduate Concentration
The Undergraduate Creative Writing Program offers the opportunity for students to  take courses in three areas: poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. The program includes literature courses, forms courses that examine the history of a genre from a writer's perspective, and creative writing workshops in fiction, poetry or creative nonfiction. The degree offered is a B.A. in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing.                                                

In addition to the 12-hour English Core Requirement, Creative Writing majors must choose 12 hours from the following list following the principles outlined below and in the Undergraduate Catalog.                                                        

  • 3606 Poetry Writing (W)                                                         
  • 3607 Fiction Writing (W)       
  • 3608 Creative Nonfiction Writing (W)                                                  
  • 4599 Forms of Creative Nonfiction                                                         
  • 4600 Creative Nonfiction Workshop (3608 must be taken first)                                                        
  • 4601 Poetry Workshop (3606 must be taken first)                         
  • 4603 Fiction Workshop (3607 must be taken first)
  • 4604 Forms of Poetry
  • 4605 Forms of Fiction      
  • 4610 Creative Writing in Translation (Study Abroad)                                                   
  • 4900 Independent Study (only in Creative Writing)
  • 4996 Honors Thesis (only in Creative Writing) 

Program Notes:                                                          

12 Concentration hours must be composed of the following:

1) 6 hours composed of ENGL 3606 and either 3607 or 3608; and

2) 6 hours of 4000-level workshop courses: 4600, 4601, or 4603.

Students planning to apply for graduate school in Creative Writing should consult closely with a faculty advisor in Creative Writing and should plan on taking two or more of their 4000-level courses (workshops and forms courses) in a single genre (poetry,
fiction, or creative nonfiction).

In other words, students MUST take 3606 as 3 hours toward the CW concentration total; 3 hrs of either 3607 or 3608; 6 hours of 4000-level workshop courses: 4600, 4601, or 4603.

The other courses listed (4900, 4996, and 4610) may only be used as ENGL UD electives, and cannot be used toward the concentration hours.

Students must complete English 3606, 3607 and/or 3608 before enrolling in a 4000-level workshop (4600, 4601, 4603).

Creative Writing workshops (4600, 4601, 4603) may each be taken twice within the concentration.      

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