English & Creative Writing

Degree Requirements

English and Creative Writing Studies

Students in English and Creative Writing study literature from three different perspectives: as writers, readers and participants in the manufacture and dissemination of texts. Foundational courses taken by all tracks in the first and second years teach skills and knowledge in literary practice, history and theory and provide a common learning experience. After the foundational courses, majors in the literature track (English and English-secondary education majors) elect advanced seminars in literary history and theory, while majors in the creative writing track take advanced writing workshops. English and English-secondary majors complete their coursework in a capstone experience pursuing their own independent research projects; creative writing majors complete their coursework in a writing portfolio experience.

English

There are four English majors designed to prepare students for a successful, fulfilling life and career in the 21st century by training them to understand the theoretical implications and historical context of all forms of writing and become expert writers. A graduate from these programs will have superb analytic and problem-solving skills, powerful methods to understand cultural context and meaning, and the ability to perform advanced research in any text-based field, such as law, education, government, library science, publishing, editing, marketing and public advocacy.

English - Literature Major

Requirements for the newly revised English–Literature major. Students complete 40-42 semester hours in the following courses with grades of C- or better:

semester hours

 

4
4

4
4
4

16

2-4
2
ENGL:240 Literary Themes
Choice of ENGL:245, 250, 255 or 240 (students may repeat a course with the same content)
ENGL:265 Surveys in Forms of Writing
ENGL:290 Aesthetics and Interpretation
Mid Level Writing chosen from ENGL:295, WRIT:240, or WRIT:250
ENGL:300-390 Advanced Study—4 SH must be “early period”
ENGL:520 Internship in Field Related to Likely Career
ENGL:440 Capstone
 

Of the semester hours listed above, 4 semester hours taken at either 200 or 300-level must be “early period,” defined as pre-1865 American or pre-1789 British; and 4 semester hours taken at either 200 or 300-level must be “multicultural / non-western.”

 

English - Publishing & Editing Major

Requirements for the new English–Publishing & Editing major. Students complete 42-46 semester hours in the following courses with grades of C- or better:

semester hours

Required P&E courses:

 

 

4
4
4
2-4
4
4
ENGL:190 Introduction to Modern Publishing
WRIT:270 Small Press Editing and Publishing
COMM:331 Editing
ENGL:540 Internship
MGMT:280 Marketing or ENGL:375 History of the Book
Capstone: ENGL:388 Publishing: Entertainment, Art, Politics, Ethics
 
Required writing elective (choose one)

 

 

2
4
4
4
 
COMM:182 Writing for New Media
COMM:211 Public Relations
ENGL:298 Book Reviewing
ENGL:299 Professional Writing
 
Required English courses:

 

 

8

2
4
4
ENGL:265 Surveys in Forms of Writing (students may not repeat the same form)
ENGL:269 English Grammar & the Writing Process
ENGL:290 Aesthetics and Interpretation
English elective: one ENGL:300 course other than 375 and 388

 

English - Professional & Civic Writing

Requirements for the new English–Professional and Civic Writing major. Students complete 42 semester hours in the following courses with grades of C- or better:

semester hours

Required Professional and Civic Writing courses:

 

 

2
2
4
4
4

4
4
Comm:182 Writing for New Media
ENGL:269 English Grammar
ENGL:295 Voice and Audience
ENGL:381 Advanced Composition: Rhetoric and the Environment or ENGL 390 Special Topic (when the topic addresses rhetorical theory)
ENGL:382 Reading/Writing/Teaching Difference
ENGL:520 Writing Internship
Required English courses:

 

 

4
12





2
ENGL:240 Literary Themes
Additional credits selected from ENGL courses:
4 semester hours must be selected from among ENGL:245 Literature of the Americas, ENGL:250 World Literature, and ENGL:255 Jewish Literature.
8 semester hours must be selected from 300-level courses, excluding 381, 382, and 388.
ENGL:440 English Studies Capstone

 

English - Secondary Education Major

Requirements for the newly revised English–Secondary Education major. Students complete 44 semester hours in the following courses with grades of C- or better:

semester hours

 

4
4
4
2
4
4
20





2
 
ENGL:240 Literary Themes
Choice of ENGL:245, 250 or 255
ENGL:265 Poetry
ENGL:269 Grammar
ENGL:290 Aesthetics and Interpretation
ENGL:295 Voice and Audience
Selected from ENGL 300-390: Advanced Themes.
4 of the 20 credits must be taken as ENGL 381, ENGL 382, or ENGL 390 (when topic focuses on rhetorical theory or pedagogy).
In addition, ENGL 350: Shakespeare is strongly recommended but not required.
ENGL:440 English Studies Captsone
 

Of the semester hours listed above, 4 semester hours must be “early period” taken at either 200 or 300 level (an “early-period” course is defined as a course in which at least half of the content is pre-1900 American or pre-1789 British); 4 semester hours must be “multicultural or non-western” at either 200 or 300 level; and 4 semester hours must be American literature.

Creative Writing

The creative writing major emphasizes literature and writing courses that will be most valuable in preparing students not only for careers in writing, but also for related careers in law, education, publishing and editing. Courses are organized to offer breadth and depth, practical skills, and intensive independent writing, presentation and production experiences.

Requirements for the Creative Writing Major. Students complete 44–50 semester hours with grades of C- or better:

semester hours

 

12

4-8

4



2
2-4
4








4
4
8
 
WRIT:250 courses chosen from Introduction to Fiction, Poetry and Creative Nonfiction
WRIT:350 courses chosen from Intermediate Fiction, Poetry and Creative Nonfiction
WRIT:450 Fiction (short story, novella or novel) or WRIT:450 Creative Nonfiction (memoir, personal essay or literary journalism) or WRIT:450 Poetry (the narrative, the lyric, the sequence, traditional forms or the prose poem)
WRIT:550 Senior Writing Portfolio
WRIT:520 Practicum or WRIT:540 Internship
ENGL:265 Forms of Writing
ENGL:265: Novel
ENGL:265: Poetry
ENGL:265: Drama
ENGL:265: Memoir
ENGL:265: Popular Writing
ENGL:265: Short Story
ENGL:265: Epic
ENGL:269 English Grammar and the Writing Process
ENGL:290 Aesthetics and Interpretation
ENGL 200 or 300 level courses above 205 level, other than ENGL:269 and ENGL:290
 

The creative writing secondary education major emphasizes literature and creative writing courses that will be most valuable in preparing students for a career in teaching. Courses are organized to develop not only the writing skills of the student, but also to enhance the ability to teach creative writing and literature. Courses in literature are chosen specifically to enable students to master the core of literature needed to both succeed on standardized examinations required of teaching candidates and to be familiar with secondary school curricula.

This major is offered by the Department of English and Creative Writing in conjunction with the Department of Education. It is designed to be a program leading to teacher certification, and students formally apply to the teacher education program by February of their sophomore year or as soon after that as possible At the time of application, the candidate must have at least a 3.00 overall GPA and a 3.00 English GPA.

Requirements for the Creative Writing Secondary Education Major. Students complete 44–50 semester hours in Department of English and Creative Writing courses with grades of C- or better:

semester hours

 

12

4-8

4




4
4
2
4
4
4
2-4
 
WRIT:250 courses, chosen from Introduction to Fiction, Poetry and Creative Nonfiction
WRIT:350 courses, chosen from Fiction, Poetry and Creative Nonfiction
WRIT:450 Fiction (short story, novella or novel) or WRIT:450 Creative Nonfiction (memoir, personal essay or literary journalism) or WRIT:450 Poetry (the narrative, the lyric, the sequence, traditional forms or the prose poem)
ENGL:269 English Grammar and the Writing Process
ENGL:290 Aesthetics and Interpretation
WRIT:550 Senior Writing Portfolio
ENGL:230, 233 or 235 Survey of British Literature
ENGL:220, 225 or 245 Survey of American Literature
ENGL:350 Shakespeare
WRIT:520 Practicum, WRIT:540 Internship or WRIT:590 Independent Writing Project
 

Education courses for secondary education as listed in the education section.

Note: The Department of Education requires a cumulative grade point of 3.00 overall and in the major.

Major GPA Calculation. For the purposes of calculating the required 2.00 minimum GPA in any of the four majors offered by the department, the English and Creative Writing Department uses all of the major courses with the ENGL and WRIT prefixes.

Minor in English. English minors complete, with grades of C- or better, four semester hours from ENGL:265 Forms of Writing courses, four semester hours from Surveys in Traditions of Literatures courses and 12 semester hours from Advanced Studies and Themes courses. Courses are chosen by the student with the guidance of a departmental adviser.

Minor in Creative Writing. Creative writing minors complete, with grades of C- or better, at least 20 semester hours beyond ENGL:100 and including WRIT:350. The remaining courses are chosen with guidance and approval of the departmental minor adviser from departmental offerings in writing: WRIT:240, WRIT:250, WRIT:270, WRIT:350, WRIT:450 and WRIT:550, all of which, except for WRIT:270 and WRIT:550, may be taken more than once for credit provided that the subtitle and content of the course are changed. COMM:131 Introduction to Journalism also satisfies requirements of the minor. Declaration of a creative writing minor requires submission of a six- to eight-page creative writing sample to the director of creative writing. Select members of the creative writing faculty will review this sample to ensure that students have the ability to succeed in this minor. Note that approval of a creative writing minor does not guarantee a place in workshop classes. The creative writing minor is not open to students pursuing the creative writing major.

Minor in Publishing and Editing. Students earning the minor in publishing and editing must complete five courses (a total of 18 semester hours) with a grade of C- or above. The required courses are ENGL:190 Introduction to Modern Publishing, WRIT:270 Small Press Publishing and Editing, COMM:331 Editing, ENGL:540 Internship, and ENGL:388 Publishing: Entertainment, Art, Politics, Ethics.



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