Courses for Emphasis

Degree Requirements

Credit hours required: 39, 36 of which must be upper division courses (3000-4000 level classes). The number listed in parentheses after each course is the number of credit hours.

English Courses Required (36 credit hours)

  • ENGL 3080 Critical Approaches to Literature (3) (early in major) Prereq ENGL 2010

Writingtwo of the following (6 credit hours) Prereq ENGL 2010

  • ENGL 3250 Fiction Writing (3)
  • ENGL 3260 Poetry Writing (3)
  • ENGL 3270 Magazine Article Writing (3)
  • ENGL 3280 Biographical Writing (3)

Languageone of the following (3 credit hours) Prereq ENGL 2010

  • ENGL SI3010 Intro to Linguistics (3)
  • ENGL 3030 Structure of English (3)
  • ENGL 3040 History of the English Language (3)
  • ENGL 3050 Grammar, Style, & Usage for Advanced Writing (3)

American Literatureone of the following (3 credit hours) Prereq ENGL 3080

  • ENGL 4520 American Literature: Early & Romantic (3)
  • ENGL 4530 American Literature: Realism & Naturalism (3)

American Literatureone of the following (3 credit hours) Prereq ENGL 3080

  • ENGL 4540 American Literature: Modern (3)
  • ENGL 4550 American Literature: Contemporary (3)

British Literatureone of the following (3 credit hours) Prereq ENGL 3080

  • ENGL 4610 British Literature: Medieval (3)
  • ENGL 4620 British Literature: Renaissance (3)
  • ENGL 4630 British Literature: Neoclassic & Romantic (3)

British Literatureone of the fworkshollowing (3 credit hours) Prereq ENGL 3080

  • ENGL 4640 British Literature: Victorian (3)
  • ENGL 4650 British Literature: Modern (3)
  • ENGL 4660 British Literature: Contemporary (3)

World Literaturesone of the following (3 credit hours)

  • ENGL HU/DV3510 World Literature (3) Prereq ENGL 2010
  • ENGL HU/DV3730 Literature of Cultures & Places (3) Prereq ENGL 2010
  • ENGL 3880 Philosophy & Literature (3) Prereq ENGL 2010
  • ENGL 4750 Classical Literature (3) Prereq ENGL 3080

Studies in Genretwo of the following (6 credit hours) Prereq ENGL 2010

  • ENGL 3350 Studies in Literary Genres: Writing Poetic Forms (3)
  • ENGL 3350 Studies in Literary Genres: Writing the Novel (3)
  • ENGL 3350 Studies in Literary Genres: Writing Plays (3)
  • ENGL 3350 Studies in Literary Genres: Writing Creative Nonfiction (3)
  • ENGL 3350 Studies in Literary Genres: Notebooks, Journals, & Creativity (3)
  • Other Genre Writing courses as approved

Workshopat least 3 credit hours

  • ENGL 4920 Workshops & Special Programs (1-4)
  • ENGL 4940 Writer's Workshop: Creative Projects in Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Poetry (3)
  • ENGL 4960 Metaphor: Editing the Student Literary Journal (3)
  • Other workshop courses as approved (hours vary) 

Elective Coursesselect at least 3 credit hours of upper division English courses or one of the following courses:

  • ENGL 2100 Technical Writing (3)
  • ENGL HU/DV2200 Introduction to Literature (3)
  • ENGL HU/DV2220 Introduction to Fiction (3)
  • ENGL HU/DV2240 Introduction to Poetry (3)
  • ENGL CA2250 Creative Writing (3)
  • ENGL CA 2260 Introduction to Writing Short Fiction (3)
  • ENGL HU/DV2290 Introduction to Drama (3)
  • ENGL HU/DV2510 Masterpieces of Literature (3)
  • ENGL HU/DV2710 Perspectives on Women's Literature (3)

Portfolio and Public Reading

Before or during their final semester students with a creative writing emphasis are required to:

  1. Submit a portfolio of finished work, including self-assessment.
  2. Participate in a public reading.
  3. Meet with a creative writing program advisor and the department chair.

English majors with a creative writing emphasis are eligible for the professional and technical writing minor.

Language Courses Required to fulfill the BA

English majors must take either 12-credit hours of a foreign language or 6 hours of a foreign language and 6 hours of language arts.  Any English class above ENGL 2010 may be used a a language arts course.


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