Creative Writing

The Creative Writing program is predicated on the model of the workshop, and focuses on three areas of study: poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Undergraduates who select the creative writing concentration fulfill some of the same requirements as those in literature, while also participating in a series of small writing workshops, gaining the techniques needed to craft poetry and/or prose that work towards artistic excellence. Graduate students pursuing an M.F.A. degree complete a series of writing workshops and seminars designed to develop their creative work and expand their understanding of literary technique. The Creative Writing faculty is augmented each year by visiting Hugo and Kittredge fellows. The program sponsors the graduate literary magazine, CutBank, now in its fourth decade of publishing works of poetry, prose and art. Additionally, undergraduate students have the opportunity to contribute to and edit their own literary magazine, The Oval.

Bachelor of Arts - English; Creative Writing Concentration

College Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 39

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2017-2018

General Education Requirements

Information regarding these requirements can be found in the General Education Section of the catalog. 


Foundation Courses21
Upper-level CRWR Requirements12
English elective courses6
Modern or Classical Language major requirement
Total Hours39

Foundation Courses

LIT 110LIntro to Lit3
Select two from the following:6
The Environmental Imagination
Literary Histories
Genres, Themes, Approaches
Select two from the following:6
Intro Fiction Workshop
Intro Poetry Workshop
Intro Nonfiction Workshop
LIT 300Literary Criticism3
LIT 327Shakespeare3
Total Hours21

Minimum Required Grade: C

Upper-level Creative Writing Courses

Rule: Complete all categories:

Select two from the following:6
Intermediate Fiction Workshop
Intermediate Poetry Workshop
Interm Nonfiction Workshop
Select one from the following:3
The Art and Craft of Revision
Techniques of Modern Essay
Special Topics
Special Topics
Select one from the following:3
Advanced Fiction Workshop
Advanced Poetry Workshop
Advanced Nonfiction Workshop
Total Hours12

Minimum Required Grade: C

Upper-level English Electives

Rule: Select two courses (6 credits) at the 300- or 400-level from offerings in LIT, IRSH, FILM, non-workshop CRWR courses or MCLL literature.

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Modern or Classical Language major requirement

Rule: Complete the 202-level proficiency in either a modern or classical language other than English

Note: Students may either take four sequential semesters (101, 102, 201, 202) of a modern or classical language or exemplify proficiency through examination (available through the Modern and Classical Languages and Literature Department).

Minimum Required Grade: C-