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 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.
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.