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.

  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 3067/French Caribbean Literature
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
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.
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
LIT 3755/Poetry and the Avant-Garde
LIT 4690/Contemporary US Poetry
SPA 3370/Lettered Cities: The Literatures of Latin American Cities*
SPA 3700/The Latin American Short Story*
*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

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 either CWR 3200/The Art of the Novella or 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.