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:

This is meant to be representative of 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 Credits   Semester 2 Credits
Foreign Language I 3 Creative Writing Common Time 1
Math course 3 Introduction to Fiction Writing 3
Rhetoric and Composition 3 Math course 3
Arts course 3 Natural Science course 3
First-Year Seminar 1 Foreign Language II 4
Creative Writing Common Time 1 Health and Physical Activity 1.5
Total Credits 15 Total Credits 15.5
 
Semester 3     Semester 4  
Introduction to Critical Reading 3 The Canon and Its Critics 3
Creative Writing Common Time 1 Effective Writing: Writing in the Humanities 3
Introduction to Poetry Writing 3 Creative Writing Common Time 1
Foreign Language III 4 The Modern Novel in World Literature (example) 3
The Short Story (example) 3 Introduction to Article Writing 3
Natural Science course 3 Health and Physical Activity 1.5
Total Credits 17 Introduction to Article Writing 3
    Total Credits 17.5
 
Semester 5     Semester 6  
Globality and Literature 3 Fiction, Poetry, or Nonfiction Workshop 3
Shakespeare 3 Natural Science course 3
Creative Writing Common Time 1 The American Novel: 1900-1945 3
Advanced Fiction, Poetry, or Nonfiction Writing 3 Topics in American Literature 3
Science Fiction (example) 3 Social and Behavioral Science course 3
Twentieth-Century Poetry 3 Creative Writing Common Time 1
Total Credits 16 Total Credits 16
 
Semester 7     Semester 8  
Creative Writing Common Time 1 Creative Writing Common Time 1
Creative Writing Theory 3 The Poet in America 3
American Fiction Since 1945 3 American Nonfiction Prose 3
Humanities course 3 Senior Thesis in English 3
Senior Thesis in English 3 Humanities course 3
Arts course 3 Social and Behavioral Science course 3
Total Credits 16 Total Credits 16