The Creative Writing BA Program: Academic Requirements
In addition to meeting general degree requirements, creative writing majors must complete a minimum of nine courses and an 8-credit senior project (45–47 credits total) as follows. The foundation courses and the two genre courses must be completed with a grade of B or higher:
- CWR 1000/Poetic Techniques: 4 credits*
- CWR 1100/Narrative Techniques: 4 credits*
- Two courses in the student’s chosen genre (poetry or fiction): 8 credits*
CWR 2400/Poetry Writing I and CWR 3400/Poetry Writing II
CWR 2500/Fiction Writing I and either CWR 3200/The Art of the Novella or CWR 3500/Fiction Writing II
*Must be completed with a grade of B or higher.
- Two upper-level creative writing electives: 8 credits
- Two literature courses, chosen from an approved list: 7–8 credits
- Arts-related course(s): 3–4 credits
- CWR 4000/Special Topics in Creative Writing: 3 credits
- SPJ 4990/Senior Project I: 4 credits
- SPJ 4991/Senior Project II: 4 credits
Note: A semester of study abroad is strongly recommended.
Sequence of Study
All creative writing majors follow a sequence of courses, whether their chosen genre is poetry or fiction:
- To encourage an awareness of and sensitivity to the various aspects of the craft of creative writing, students are required to take the introductory courses, CWR 1000 and 1100, in their first year of study.
- In the second year, poetry students move on to CWR 2400/Poetry Writing I, then to CWR 3400/Poetry Writing II, while fiction writing students take CWR 2500/Fiction Writing I, followed by either CWR 3200/The Art of the Novella or CWR 3500/Fiction Writing II.
- After completing this course sequence, students have the opportunity to study for one semester with a writer-in-residence. In addition, advanced tutorials are available on a regular basis, emphasizing continuous, close work on revision and editing skills. In the most advanced classes, students begin to explore the fiction and poetry market. A component of advanced study may also include experience in editorial and copyediting techniques as preparation for work in the publishing industries.
- Students take CWR 4000/Special Topics in Creative Writing in the fall of their senior year, in tandem with the first semester of their senior project.
Examples of Literature Courses
Literature courses that fulfill the requirement for the major are those in which a broad array of writers are studied. Courses in the following list are subject to change, and new courses may be added. Students should consult with their faculty advisor when choosing arts-related courses.
- LIT 2361/U.S. Short Story
- LIT 2560/Survey of U.S. Literature I
- LIT 2570/Survey of U.S. Literature II
- LIT 2675/Literature and the City
- FRE 3067/French Caribbean Literature
- LIT 3140/Medieval English Literature
- LIT 3155/Renaissance in England
- LIT 3266/Kafka to Roth
- LIT 3315/The 19th-Century Novel in the U.S.
- SPA 3370/Lettered Cities: The Literatures of Latin American Cities*
- LIT 3380/Literature of the Harlem Renaissance
- LIT 3415/Global Metafictions
- LIT 3420/Modern Poetry
- LIT 3581/Realism and Naturalism in U.S. Literature
- LIT 3585/Childhood in U.S. Literature
- LIT 3620/U.S. Poetry
- LIT 3665/American Women Writers
- LIT 3695/Contemporary U.S. Literature
- SPA 3700/The Latin American Short Story*
- LIT 3755/Poetry and the Avant-Garde
- *Taught in Spanish
Examples of Arts-Related Courses
Courses in the following list are subject to change, and new courses may be added. Students should consult with their faculty advisor when choosing arts-related courses.
- Conservatory of Dance:
- DPD 3280/Your Brain on Art: Explorations in Neuroaesthetics
- Conservatory of Music:
- MTH 3180/Electroacoustic Music I
- MTH 4120/History of Recorded Music I: Blues to Bebop
- Conservatory of Theatre Arts:
- ACT 3004/Creative Expression
- TDT 3008/Costume Design Seen Through Film
- THP 3130/Transmedia and Performance
- School of Art+Design:
- DES 4790/Artist/Writer Workshop
- PAD 3201/On-site Painting
- SCP 3155/Performance Art
- SCP 3430/Aural Electronics
- SCP 3630/Sound/Interactive Media I
- SCP 3640/Sound/Interactive Media II
- SCP 3650/Immersive Sound Architectures
- VIS 3000/Art in the Age of Electronic Media
- VIS 3120/Crossover II
- VIS 3350/Art and Activism
- VIS 3370/City as Studio as Seminar
- VIS 3440/Contemporary Issues in Art
- VIS 3470/Special Topic Colloquium
- VIS 3500/The Arts for Social Change
- School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education:
- THP 3255/Musicals: Stage, Screen, and Beyond
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