University of Montana Catalog 2023-2024

English B.A. - 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

General Education Requirements

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


Foundational Courses21
Upper-Division Creative Writing Courses12
Upper-Division English Electives6
Modern or Classical Language major requirement4-18
Total Hours43-57

Degree Specific Credits: 43-57

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Foundation Courses

Complete all of the following courses:
LIT 110LIntroduction to Literature3
LIT 236LLiterary Histories3
LIT 246LGenres, Themes, Approaches3
LIT 300Literary Criticism3
LIT 327LShakespeare3
Complete two of the following courses:6
Introductory Fiction Workshop
Introductory Poetry Workshop
Introductory Nonfiction Workshop
Note: The Creative Writing faculty recommend students take more than one 200-level CRWR workshop to fulfill this requirement; however, students may substitute one of the following courses in lieu of a workshop. Other courses may be substituted at the discretion of the student s advisor.
Montana Writers Live
The Oval: Literary Magazine
Intermediate Fiction Workshop (This is in addition to the 300-level workshop requirement.)
Intermediate Poetry Workshop
Intermediate Nonfiction Workshop
Special Topics
Special Topics
Independent Study
Independent Study
Total Hours21

Minimum Required Grade: C

Upper-Division Creative Writing Courses

Rule: Complete all categories.

Complete two of the following courses:6
Intermediate Fiction Workshop
Intermediate Poetry Workshop
Intermediate Nonfiction Workshop
Optional: ONE of these courses may be substituted for an intermediate workshop:3
The Art and Craft of Revision
Special Topics
Special Topics
CRWR 410, 411, 412 may also substitute if not being used to fulfill the 400-level workshop requirement
Complete one of the following courses:3
Advanced Fiction Workshop
Advanced Poetry Workshop
Advanced Nonfiction Workshop
Total Hours12

Minimum Required Grade: C

Upper-Division English Electives

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

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Modern & Classical Language Requirement

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).

Complete the 202-level proficiency in either a modern or classical language other than English.4-18

Minimum Required Grade: C-