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 CWR 3500/Fiction Writing II
    *Must be completed with a grade of B or higher.
  • Two upper-level creative writing electives from the list below: 8 credits
        CWR 3200/Art of the Novella
        CWR 3450/ Poets at Work: First Books
        CWR 3110/Writing Home
        CWR 3125/ Alternate Worlds
        CWR 3215 and CWR 3220/ Editing and Production Workshop (year-long sequential course in Editing and Production).
  • 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.

  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 literature courses.
FRE 3230/The Island as Laboratory
LIT 2100/Freedom Dreams: Introduction to African American Literature
LIT 2235/Animals and the Environment
LIT 2305/Contemporary Global Literature
LIT 2570/Survey of U.S. Literature II
LIT 2775/From Beowulf to Lucifer
LIT 2776/Survey of British Literature II: From Patronage to Print Culture
LIT 3007/Visions of Dystopia
LIT 3082/19th Century British Literature and Empire
LIT 3095/Literature of Race and Human Rights
LIT 3160/Literature of the High Middle Ages
LIT 3226/Literatue of Decolonization in South Asia
LIT 3228/Decolonizing Sex and Gender
LIT 3315/19th Century Novel in the U.S.
LIT 3340/Romanticism II
LIT 3369/Victorian Poetry
LIT 3380/Harlem Renaissance
LIT 3415/Global Metafictions
LIT 3420/Modern Poetry
LIT 3427/20th Century World Literature
LIT 3532/Body, Race, Performance
LIT 3620/U.S. Poetry
LIT 3627/American Beserk: Religion, Drugs, and Terrorism in Recent Fiction
LIT 3665/American Women Writers
LIT 3685/Modern Novel of Latin America
LIT 3755/Poetry and the Avant Garde
LIT 3823/Anxiety and Monstrosity in Early British Literature
LIT 3950/Literature of War
LIT 4690/Contemporary U.S. Poetry
SPA 3700/The Latin American Short Story*
THP 3140/Medieval and Renaissance English Drama

*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 Music:
MUS 1250/ Chorus*
MUS 3370/ Acoustics and Design*
MTH 3180/Electroacoustic Music*
Conservatory of Theatre Arts:
ACT 3004/Creative Expression
THP 3050/ Voice and Speech Essentials
TDT 3008/Costume Design Seen Through Film
THP 3140/Transmedia and Performance
School of Art+Design:
VIS 1060/ Foundation Drawing
VIS 1330/ Lens and Time
VIS 1080/ Visual Language
SCP 2110/ Thinking in Three Dimensions
SCP 3530/ Animation
SCP 3006/Introduction to Video Art*
SCP 3155/Performance Art
SCP 3650/Immersive Sound Architectures
VIS 3000/Art in the Age of Electronic Media

*Please note: this course only carries 2 of the required 3 credits

Sequence of Study

All creative writing majors follow a sequence of courses, whether their chosen genre is poetry or fiction:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 CWR 3500/Fiction Writing II.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Updates to the 2020-21 Catalog

Effective Fall 2020:

CWR 3200 no longer satisfies the fiction genre course requirement
Arts-Related Courses list expanded beyond upper-level courses