The 4-Year Program
Creative Writing Courses: For the Creative Writing concentration, students complete an introductory course and two intermediate courses to understand the essential techniques and craft of creative writing in multiple genres. Students then take two genre specific, upper level workshops led by faculty writers in scriptwriting, fiction, creative nonfiction, or poetry.
Please see the undergraduate catalog for degree requirements and complete information about the English major/Creative Writing concentration. But see the "Four Year Plan" below for an idea of how your schedule might look.
(Martin Lammon with senior capstone students in Italy)
Four-year plan for English-Creative Writing majors:
Fall: Take ENGL 0001 First Year Seminar for ENGL-CRWR pre-majors.
Spring: Take ENGL 2208 Intro to Creative Writing, apply for full major status.
In the first year, focus mostly on CORE Area A-E courses, although you might be able to take an ENGL Area F course or two. Be sure to complete ENGL 1101 (unless you’ve already received credit for that class), ENGL 1102 (prerequisite for Area F classes), and GC1Y 1000 course. If possible, complete the first part of CORE Area C (Humanities, Ethics, and Fine Arts) by taking either ENGL 2110 World Lit OR IDST 2305 Topics in Humanities and Fine Arts (either class is the prerequisite for 4000-level ENGL LIT courses). If interested, you might be able to apply for Peacock’s Feet literary journal staff.
Fall: Take first ENGL 3000-level Intermediate course (fiction, scriptwriting)
Spring: Take first (or second) ENGL 3000 Intermediate course (poetry, creative nonfiction offered)
In the second year, you need to take your GC2Y 2000 CORE requirement, and if you have had either ENGL 2110 or IDST 2305 in CORE Area C, try to take that in the fall semester. Mostly, focus on finishing CORE classes and taking ENGL Area F classes. You might begin to take some 4000-level ENGL courses, possibly even your first ENGL 4000-level workshop in the spring (fiction and scriptwriting are offered) if you’ve had the 3000-prerequisite course in that genre. If you are interested in pursuing a minor, you might begin taking those classes this year, too. And if you haven’t started your Area F Modern Language Requirement yet, you need to start in this year (sooner, the better). If interested, you can apply for Peacock’s Feet staff or to be a mentor in the Early College Teaching Writing in the Schools program.
Fall: Take second 3000 Intermediate course (if you haven’t taken already)
Spring: If not completed already, be sure to finish ALL CORE classes
In the third year, you should have completed all CORE and Area F classes (and if at all possible, the Area F Modern Language requirement). Mostly, you’ll be taking 4000-level courses: CRWR workshops (Fall: Poetry and Creative Nonfiction, sometimes Fiction; Spring: Scriptwriting and Fiction) and ENGL LIT requirements. This year, you should also decide what possible options you might consider for your senior capstone, keeping in mind that some capstone experiences are competitive: Early College Teaching Writing in the Schools; Study abroad (summer between Junior/Senior year, complete writing project in the fall); Journal Editing; special course options ENGL 4013 Poetry Translation or IDST 4999 Interdisciplinary Capstone Experience (keep in mind that these courses are not offered every semester, every year). Consult with your advisor on senior capstone options. Apply for graduation next year.
Be sure you have 39 hours or more in 3000 or 4000 upper level courses (ENGL or other courses). Complete your senior capstone project. Some exceptional students may be invited to take a workshop in the graduate MFA program. Take ENGL 4031 CRWR seminar (offered fall and spring), which serves as your “senior exit exam.” Complete your minor (if you have one). Graduate in May!