Curriculum Requirements

Students who declare a major in English with a Creative Writing Concentration should meet with the Director of Creative Writing.

1. Select either the FICTION TRACK or the POETRY TRACK:12
Fiction Track
Beginning Fiction Workshop
Intermediate Fiction Workshop
Select one of the following options to complete the FICTION TRACK:
Creative Writing (Prose Fiction)
and Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) (ENG 404 to be taken twice)
OR
Creative Writing (Prose Fiction)
and Writing Autobiography (taken in either order)
Poetry Track
Beginning Poetry Workshop
Intermediate Poetry Workshop
Select one of the following options to complete the POETRY TRACK:
Creative Writing (Poetry)
and Creative Writing (Poetry) (ENG 406 to be taken twice)
OR
Creative Writing (Poetry)
and Writing Autobiography (taken in either order)
2. Select one of the following (N. B., ENG 210 may NOT be used toward the fulfillment of this requirement):3
Ways of Reading: Introduction to Literary Studies
World Literary Masterpieces II
Jewish Literature
English Literature I
English Literature II
American Literature I
American Literature II
English and American Literature by Women
African-American Literature
Literature of the Americas
3. Select FOUR LITERATURE courses numbered 300 or above, at least TWO of which must cover literature earlier than 1900. At least TWO of the four courses must be numbered 400 or above.12
4. Select one additional LITERATURE course numbered 200 or higher3
Total credits required for the major: 30 (36 credits required for Departmental Honors)
5. Additional Graduation Requirements:
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 106English Composition II3
MTH 101Algebra for College Students (not needed by students who place into MTH 113)3
MTH 113Finite Mathematics (or any MTH course numbered 108 or higher)3
Language Requirement (3-9 credits, depending on the student's initial placement in the language chosen)9
Minor15
People & Society cognate 19
STEM cognate 29
Natural Science course 33
Advanced Writing & Communication 4
Electives 533
Total Credit Hours120
1

If the student has a minor (or second major) that counts as "People & Society," the student does not need to satisfy the requirement for a People & Society cognate.

2

If the student has a minor (or second major) that counts as "STEM," the student does not need to satisfy the requirement for a STEM cognate.

3

This requirement is waived if the STEM cognate includes a Natural Science course from the approved list.

4

Students satisfy this requirement by taking four writing courses, at least one of which must be in one of the student's major disciplines.  Since all ENG courses, other than freshman composition, are designated as writing (WRIT) courses, all English majors satisfy this requirement by completing their major.

5

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation. Sufficient credits must be earned in electives to enable the student to complete this minimum of 120 credits. The exact number of elective credits required will vary depending on the number of credits needed to complete all other graduation requirements. 

Suggested Plan of Study

This Suggested Plan of Study is a sample four-year plan, but an individual student's actual plan is likely to vary from this sample plan in a number of ways, depending on such factors as (1) AP, dual-enrollment, and transfer credits that a student brings in; (2) the student's initial placement in composition, mathematics, and foreign language; and (3) the minor chosen by the student, as well as any additional minor or major the student chooses to complete.  For example, a student is not required to complete a cognate in People & Society if the student has a minor (or second major) that counts as "People & Society," and similarly, a student is not required to complete a cognate in STEM if the student has a minor (or second major) that counts as "STEM."

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
FallCredit Hours
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
MTH 101 Algebra for College Students (if needed; otherwise, can be replaced by an elective) 3
Language (first course) 3
People & Society cognate (first course) 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
MTH 113 Finite Mathematics 3
Language (second course) 3
STEM cognate (first course) 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Sophomore Year
Fall
ENG 290 or 292 Beginning Fiction Workshop
or Beginning Poetry Workshop
3
Language (third course) 3
People & Society cognate (second course) 3
Minor (first course) 3
Elective 1 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
ENG 390 or 392 Intermediate Fiction Workshop
or Intermediate Poetry Workshop
3
ENG 201 Ways of Reading: Introduction to Literary Studies (or one of the other 200-level courses that satisfy requirement #2 of the major) 3
Minor (second course) 3
STEM cognate (second course) 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Junior Year
Fall
ENG 404 or 406 Creative Writing (Prose Fiction)
or Creative Writing (Poetry)
3
ENG 3xx (course in literature before 1900) 3
Minor (third course) 3
STEM cognate (third course) 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
ENG 404 or 406 Creative Writing (Prose Fiction)
or Creative Writing (Poetry)
3
ENG 3xx (literature course; students seeking Departmental Honors in Creative Writing must take this literature course at the 400-level) 3
Minor (fourth course) 3
Natural Science course (if needed) 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Senior Year
Fall
ENG xxx (any literature course numbered 200 or higher) 2 3
ENG 4xx (course in literature before 1900) 3
Minor (fifth course) 3
People & Society cognate (third course) 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
ENG 4xx (literature course) 3
Elective 3 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours120
1

Students who are considering the possibility of writing a six-credit senior thesis for Departmental Honors in Creative Writing their last year should replace this elective course with one of the literature courses required for the Creative Writing major.

2

Students who are writing a six-credit senior thesis for Departmental Honors in Creative Writing should, ideally, have completed eight ENG courses for their major prior to their senior year, and should therefore be able to replace this course with ENG 497.

3

Students who are writing a six-credit senior thesis for Departmental Honors in Creative Writing should replace this elective course with ENG 498.