Creative Writing

The English major offers the study of literature, language, and culture of the Anglophone world with an emphasis on British and American contexts.  Students master skills related to critical and creative thinking, communication, and research. Majors have the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in a number of contexts.  Students in the Creative Writing track additionally develop their creative potential through writing in a diverse range of genres and formats and learn about careers related to writing and publishing.
Requirements for the English major tracks may vary by student’s catalog year. Below are the general areas covered by our requirements. Be sure to confirm your catalog term with your English adviser for accurate information on major, minor, and core requirements. 

Prerequisite: (3 hours)

  • ENGL 2336 – Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Students who wish to major in English, Creative Writing, B.A. must pass ENGL 2336 with a grade of C or better as a prerequisite to all upper-level creative writing courses.

Program Foundation Courses

  • ENGL 3330 – Approaches to Literature
  • Students should take this course as early as possible upon entry into the English program (after the completion of Composition II and the Humanities University Core requirements).
  • ENGL 4199 – Seminar in Career Perspectives
  • Students should take this course in their senior year.

Study of Language (3 hours) Select One:

  • ENGL 3311 – History of the English Language
  • ENGL 3312 – Grammar, Morphology, & Syntax
  • ENGL 3313 – Introduction to the Study of Language

British Literature Requirement (6 hours):

  • Select one from below:
  • ENGL 3331 – British Literature 1
  • ENGL 3332 – British Literature 2
  • ENGL 3333 – British Literature 3

And

  • Select one from below:
  • ENGL 4311 – Medieval Literature
  • ENGL 4312 – Chaucer
  • ENGL 4313 – Arthurian Literature
  • ENGL 4314 – Topics in Medieval and Renaissance Literature
  • ENGL 4321 – English Renaissance Drama
  • ENGL 4324 – Shakespeare
  • ENGL 4325 – Topics in Shakespeare
  • ENGL 4328 – Seventeenth-Century Literature
  • ENGL 4331 – Restoration and Eighteenth-Century English Literature
  • ENGL 4341 – English Romanticism
  • ENGL 4343 – Victorian Literature
  • ENGL 4351 – British Novel I
  • Other course options that fulfill this requirement (such as Special Topics courses and Seminars) will be designated on the course schedule and disseminated by the department through advising.

American Literature Requirement (6 hours):

  • Select one from below:
  • ENGL 3321 – American Literature I
  • ENGL 3322 – American Literature II
  • ENGL 3323 – American Literature III

And

  • Select one from below:
  • ENGL 4345 – Topics in Nineteenth-Century Literature
  • ENGL 4380 – Studies in Major American Writers
  • ENGL 4381 – American Fiction
  • ENGL 4384 – American Poetry
  • Other course options that fulfill this requirement (such as Special Topics courses and Seminars) will be designated on the course schedule and disseminated by the department through advising.

Diverse Perspectives Requirement (3 hours) Select One:

  • ENGL 3326 – African-American Literature I
  • ENGL 3327 – African-American Literature II
  • ENGL 3340 – Women in Literature
  • ENGL 4354 – Post Colonial Literature
  • Other course options that fulfill this requirement (such as Special Topics courses and Seminars) will be designated on the course schedule and disseminated by the department through advising.

General English Elective Requirement (2-3 hours):

At least 2 hours of upper-level ENGL elective credits (literature or language courses).

Creative-Writing Requirements (12 hours)

  • Select one from below:
  • ENGL 3318 – The Essential Elements of Fiction
  • ENGL 3319 – The Essential Elements of Poetry
  • Select one from below:
  • ENGL 4379 – The Theory and Craft of Fiction
  • ENGL 4369 – The Theory and Craft of Poetry
  • 6 hours of Creative Writing Upper-level Courses (may include Creative Writing internship).

Second Language Requirement

6-7 hours of study in a Second Language, 6 hours must be in the same language. Students who have a previous background in a language may take a placement test and then enroll in the appropriate level to begin the 6 hours. Computer Programming language may count for this requirement, in which case, 7 hours is required:

  • CPSC 1175 – Introduction to Computer Science Laboratory
  • CPSC 1375 – Programming I
  • CPSC 2376 – Programming II