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English Major: Creative Writing Course Descriptions

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Course Descriptions

From the Undergraduate Catalog 2011-2012:

The creative writing concentration (reference number 662) requires a minimum of 39 hours and leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree. A minor or second major is required.

Requirements include:

  • ENG 203, 299, 304, 381, 382, 385, 391, 392, and 413 (creative writing capstone, which should be taken in the final semester of coursework)
  • Any four of the following courses: ENG 303, 305, 311, 358, 399 (if topic is creative writing), 403, 474, 475, and 467

A grade of "C" or higher is required in all courses applying to this major. Note: ENG 203 is a required prerequisite to the upper-level
creative writing courses.

 

Required Courses

ENG 203 Creative Writing (3 hours)
Prerequisites: ENG 100 and 200.
An introduction to the writing of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and drama as genres of literary expression.

ENG 299 Introduction to English Studies (3 hours)
Effective Fall 2009, Prerequisites: ENG 200 or Permission of Instructor
Introduction to the discipline of English studies for literature and writing majors, including exploration of issues and conflict within the discipline, strategies for reading and researching literary texts, overview of requirements and opportunities within the major, and introduction to career and graduate study options.

ENG 304 English Language (3 hours)
Prerequisite: ENG 100
A study of the sounds, word structures, and sentence patterns of modern English, with emphasis given to parts of speech, phrases, and clauses.

ENG 381 Survey of English (British) Literature I (3 Hours)
Prerequisite: ENG 200.
A study of elected works by representative major authors reflecting the chronological development of English literature to 1798.

ENG 382 Survey of English (British) Literature II (3 Hours)
Prerequisite: ENG 200.
A study of selected works by representative major authors reflecting the chronological development of English literature from 1798 to the present.

ENG 385 World Literature (3 Hours)
Prerequisite: ENG 200
Study of selected works in translation by major figures in world literature from ancient Greece to modern Europe, exclusive of British and American writers.

ENG 391 Survey of American Literature I (3 Hours)
Prerequisite: ENG 200
A study of selected works by representative authors reflecting the chronological development of American Literature to 1865.

ENG 392 Survey of American Literature II (3 Hours)
Prerequisite: ENG 200
A study of selected works by representative major authors reflecting the chronological development of American Literature from 1865 to the present.

ENG 413 Creative Writing Capstone (3 Hours)
Prerequisite: Two upper-level writing courses; creative writing majors or minors with senior standing.
Capstone course in the creative writing concentration; provides a workshop setting for students with substantial creative writing projects.

 

Creative Writing Electives

ENG 303 Intermediate Fiction Writing (3 hours)
Prerequisites: ENG 200 and 203
A concentrated study of the techniques of writing fiction, emphasizing contemporary theory and practice.

ENG 305 Intermediate Poetry Writing
Prerequisites: ENG 200 and 203
An intensive course in the writing of poetry, Some attention to the practice and prevalent theories of contemporary poets.

ENG 311 Creative Nonfiction Writing (3 hours)
Prerequisites: ENG 200 and 203
An intensive study of the writing of creative nonfiction (literary nonfiction prose with emphasis on contemporary theory and practice.

ENG 358 Drama Writing (3 hours)
Prerequisites: ENG 200 and 203
A concentrated study of the techniques of drama writing emphasizing contemporary theory and practice.

ENG 399 Topics in English (if topic is creative writing) (3 hours)
Prerequisite: ENG 200
A semester-long, detailed study of a specified topic in language, literature, or composition.

ENG 403 Writing Memoir and Autobiography (3 hours)
Prerequisites: ENG 203 and 300.
A course in the techniques of writing autobiography; readings will be chosen primarily from contemporary American examples of the genre.

ENG 467 Visiting Writer Summer Workshop (3 hours)
Prerequisites: At least one creative writing class beyond ENG 203 and instructor permission required.
Advanced creating writing workshop. Offered for four weeks each summer by a visiting writing of national reputation. Alternating genres. May be repeated once if different genre.

ENG 474 Advanced Poetry Writing (3 hours)
Prerequisite: ENG 305 or equivalent
An advanced, intensive course in the writing of poetry, emphasizing the practice and prevalent theories of contemporary poets.

ENG 475 Advanced Fiction Writing (3 Hours)
Effective Fall 2010 Prerequisite: ENG 303 or equivalent
An advanced and intensive course exploring the techniques of writing fiction, emphasizing contemporary theory and practice.

 

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