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BA in Creative Writing

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The study of English focuses on the various ways that human beings have sought to understand their lives and the world through the writing of stories, poems, essays, plays and novels. The majors offered by the Department of English and Creative Writing provide both a historical knowledge of the development of literature and an understanding of the different forms and styles of literature, as well as development of skill in the craft of writing. These majors develop the skills in close reading, careful analysis and forceful, articulate writing that are necessary for a broad range of careers. They also prepare students for specific graduate programs such as law school and graduate study in literature, composition theory, creative writing, and American Studies.

Evening Majors

Requirements for the English-Literature Major and the English-Creative Writing major are offered in both the day and evening.

Double Majors

Students wishing to double-major in English-Literature and English-Creative Writing must take three additional 300 or 400 level courses, at least two of which must be in literature, to satisfy requirements for the two majors.

Teacher Licensure

A student who majors in English may obtain a teaching license at the secondary level within the baccalaureate program. See the Cato School of Education for more information.

Writing-Intensive Course Requirement

For English-Creative Writing and English-Literature, the writing-intensive course requirement is met with ENGL 205 Introduction to Literary Studies. Students are encouraged to take the writing-intensive course as soon as possible after declaring their major.

Course Prerequisites

ENGL 110 and 120 (or the equivalent) are prerequisite to all other courses in the Department of English, Drama, and Creative Writing. Two courses at the 200 level are prerequisite to all English courses numbered 300 or above unless special permission is obtained from the department. Special consideration will be given, in certain cases, to non-English majors who desire to take courses numbered 300 or above. Students should take ENGL 205, Introduction to Literary Studies, as soon as possible after declaring their major.


Core Requirements:

ENGL 205 Introduction to Literary Studies
ENGL 206 Introduction to Creative Writing
ENGL 210 British Literature to 1660
ENGL 220 British Literature 1660 to Present
ENGL 230 American Literature 1620-1865
ENGL 240 American Literature 1865-Present
ENGL 420 Creative Writing Capstone

Plus two of the following:

ENGL 307 Writing of Creative Nonfiction
ENGL 308 Writing of Poetry
ENGL 310 Writing of Fiction

Plus one of the following:

ENGL 314 Form & Theory of Poetry
ENGL 315 Form & Theory of Fiction
ENGL 316 Form & Theory of Creative Nonfiction

Plus one of the following:

ENGL 344 Advanced Workshop in Poetry
ENGL 345 Advanced Workshop in Fiction
ENGL 346 Advanced Workshop in Creative Nonfiction

Plus a minimum of two from the following period courses:

ENGL 309 Chaucer and Medieval Literature
ENGL 313 Shakespeare
ENGL 318 Seventeenth Century
ENGL 322 Nineteenth Century British Literature
ENGL 324 Nineteenth Century American Literature
ENGL 329 The Literature of Modernism

Plus a minimum of one from the following special area courses:

ENGL 300 World Literature
ENGL 319 Literary Publishing/Editing: Signet
ENGL 320 Linguistics
ENGL 325 The Novel
ENGL 332 African American Literature
ENGL 333 Southern Literature
ENGL 335 Women Writers
ENGL 336 Tragedy
ENGL 337 Comedy
ENGL 350 Contemporary Literature
ENGL 351 Literature and Film
ENGL 460 Literary Criticism

General Education Requirements

Traditional Undergraduate Program, and the Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies Undergraduate Program. Prospective students should apply to the program whose curriculum and services best meets their needs.

  • The Traditional Undergraduate Program has degree requirements and services designed for the 18-22 year old student. Most traditional undergraduates live in residence halls and are enrolled full-time. A full range of student life activities and student services are available to students in this program, including the Core Program in the Liberal Arts, the John Belk International Program and the Honors Program. 
  • The Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies Undergraduate Program has degree requirements and services designed for the adult learner. Most Hayworth undergraduates are employed full-time and enrolled part-time. The Hayworth School also admits those persons wishing to take undergraduate courses as a non-degree candidate. The Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies realizes the demands that adult students face and assists with study plans, individual student advising and programs designed with flexibility to meet the specific needs of the adult learner. Classes meeting Hayworth degree requirements and several majors and minors are scheduled in the evenings for the convenience of students employed during the day.

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