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Requirements for the Creative Writing Major

15 Courses, as follows
No creative writing course may be audited or taken pass/fail.

Three Introductory Courses

Two of these introductory courses are required for admittance to the year-long sequences. All three introductory courses are required for the major.

Year-long Writing Sequence

One of the following 3 credit courses:

The application is available here. Applications will be open until April 24, 2023 at 11:59pm

ENG 392 - The Situation of Writing

“The Situation of Writing,” which is typically offered once per year, investigates the writer’s relation to the culture, both currently and historically. The course addresses such questions as the relation of criticism to imaginative literature, the rise and fall of specific literary genres, the effect of the university on the production and consumption of literary works, the state of the publishing industry, and international literary contexts.

Six 300-level Literature Classes

These courses must be “pure literature”; that is, courses in which the bulk of the reading is literature and not criticism or theory. They must be selected from English Department offerings ONLY:

Note: Students who have completed two parts of either British Literary Traditions (210-1 and 210-2) or American Literary Traditions (270-1 and 270-2) can use these two courses to count as ONE of these six literature courses.

Two Non-Literature Related Courses

These courses, in areas such as history, art, classics, and gender studies, broaden the student’s background for the study of literature. These must be approved by a creative writing advisor. Students with a second major or a minor will be considered to have completed this requirement.


[1] The School of Professional Studies also offers courses under the listings ENG 206, 207, and 208. These courses do not count toward the Creative Writing Major.

[2] Seniors may not enroll in English 206 until add/drop week.

[3] Seniors may, with department permission, enroll in English 207 or 208 without the pre-requisite.

[4] First year students may not apply to the creative writing sequence, even if they complete both pre-requisite classes in the first year.

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