Requirements for the Majors in English and English: Creative Writing

This description reflects the most current catalog updates of the major.

Thirty-six credits in English and linguistics courses as follows: LING 101B; ENGL 295; six 300-level literature courses (including two courses in pre-1900 literature, at least one of which must be in pre-1800 literature; one course in post-1900 literature; and one course in literature of the historically marginalized groups); one 300-level linguistics course; one 300-level writing course; one 400-level seminar in literature, composition, or theory; and three additional credits from the following: ENGL 200 or any 300- and 400- level English and linguistics courses, including department-sponsored internships and individual studies.

Students majoring in English who complete all requirements earn the degree of Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English.

This is summarized in the table below:

Credits Course Name or Type
3 ENGL 295: Methods of Advanced Literary Studies
3 LING 101B: Introduction to Linguistics
18 upper-level literature courses, including

  • two courses in pre-1900 literature, at least one of which must be in pre-1800 literature;
  • one course in post-1900 literature; and
  • one course in literature of the historically marginalized groups
3 300-level writing course
3 300-level linguistics course
3 400-level literature, composition, or theory seminar. English seminars are listed at the 400-level but do not include individual studies (491, 492), internships (499), or ENGL 480.
3 selected from the following: English 200, any of the department’s 300- and 400-level courses, and department-sponsored internships and individual studies.
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English Major with a Concentration in Creative Writing (English: Creative Writing)

Thirty-six credits in English and linguistics,  courses as follows: LING 101B; English 295; five creative writing courses (including ENGL 302A, ENGL 314, and a 400-level seminar in creative writing); one 300-level linguistics course, three 300-level literature courses (one course in pre-1900 literature, one course in post-1900 literature, and one course in literature of historically marginalized groups); and three additional credits from the following: ENGL 200 or any 300- or 400-level English and linguistics courses, including department-sponsored internships and individual studies.

Students majoring in English: Creative Writing who complete all requirements earn the degree of Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English.

This is summarized in the table below:

Credits Course Name or Type
3 ENGL 295: Methods of Advanced Literary Studies
3 LING 101B: Introduction to Linguistics
15 upper-level writing courses, including:

  • 302A, Introduction to Creative Writing
  • two of the following: ENGL 304: Creative Writing: Poetry; ENGL 305: Creative Writing: Fiction; ENGL 312: Creative Writing: Non-Fiction; ENGL 303: Special Topics in Creative Writing
  • 314, The Literary Journal: Professional Practice in Publishing and Editing
  • 400-level Creative Writing Seminar
3 300-level linguistics course
9 three 300-level literature courses

  • one course in pre-1900 literature,
  • one course in post-1900 literature,
  • one course in literature of historically marginalized groups
3 elective course selected from the following: English 200, any of the department’s 300- and 400-level courses, and department-sponsored internships and individual studies.
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