Creative Writing Curriculum

Current Students:

See the Recommended Academic Plans and Checksheets for more detailed course recommendations and refer to the University Bulletin for course descriptions and more degree requirements.

Prospective Students:

Below is a typical course sequence for the Creative Writing bachelor's degree program. Schedules will vary by student, depending on areas of interest.

Students planning to major in creative writing should enroll in the Creative Writing Common Time course every semester (typically 8 semesters). A student is required to take this course a minimum of four times.

 

SEMESTER 1

  • First-Year Seminar (1 credit)
  • Creative Writing Common Time (1 credit)
  • English Composition (3 credits)
  • Arts Course (3 credits)
  • Math Course (3 credits)
  • Foreign Language I (4 credits)

Total Credits:  15

 

SEMESTER 2

  • Creative Writing Common Time (1 credit)
  • Introduction to Fiction Writing (3 credits)
  • Natural Science Course (3 credits)
  • Math Course (3 credits)
  • Foreign Language II (4 credits)
  • Health and Physical Activity (1.5 credits)

Total Credits:  15.5

 

SEMESTER 3

  • Creative Writing Common Time (1 credit)
  • Introduction to Critical Reading (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Poetry Writing (3 credits)
  • Humanities Course (3 credits)
  • Natural Science Course (3 credits)
  • Foreign Language III (4 credits)

Total Credits:  17

 

SEMESTER 4

  • Creative Writing Common Time (1 credit)
  • English Language Analysis (3 credits)
  • Effective Writing: Writing in the Humanities (3 credits)
  • Writing for the Web (3 credits)
  • Effective Speech (3 credits)
  • World Literatures (3 credits)
  • Health and Physical Activity (1.5 credits)

Total Credits:  17.5

 

SEMESTERS 5, 6, 7, AND 8

A range of Penn State Behrend courses are available to you in your third and fourth years.

Your schedule will depend on your areas of focus and personal interests.

  • Additional Required Courses
    Globality and Literature; The American Novel: 1900-1945; American Fiction Since 1945; The Poet in America; Twentieth-Century Poetry; Studies in Genre; Senior Thesis in English
  • Upper-Division Supporting Courses
    The English Renaissance; Shakespeare; Advanced Fiction Writing; Advanced Poetry Writing; Fiction Workshop; Poetry Writing Workshop; Literary Magazine Practicum; Senior Seminar in Literary Criticism and Theory; The Western Literary Heritage I and II; Latino/a Literature and Culture; Topics in Asian Literature; Topics in Studies of Asian Literature; Inter-American Literature; Women and World Literature; Heroic Literature; Literary Translation: Theory and Practice; World Graphic Novels; African Drama; African Novel; African Novel; Global Modernisms; Cultures of Globalization; Fantastic Worlds: International and Comparative Perspectives; Transatlantic Literature; Postcolonial Literature and Culture; Literary Cultures of Buddhism; Literary Cultures of Islam; Narrative Theory: Film and Literature; Ethics, Justice, and Rights in World Literature; The Modern Novel; Poetry and Poetics; The International Folktale; Tragedy; Comedy; Modern Continental Drama; Contemporary World Fiction; Literary Adaptation: International and Comparative Perspectives; Video Game Literary Studies

 

This is meant to be representative of a typical course sequence. Your schedule will vary depending on your interests; it is recommended that you consult your academic adviser before scheduling courses. See bulletins.psu.edu/bulletins/bluebook for specific degree requirements.