Creative Writing Requirements

In other words, the Creative Writing major requires: The flow chart below shows the classes required for the Creative Writing major.For more information about specific courses, see the Creative Writing course sequence and guidelines.

Students also take four classes in upper-division (300- or 400-level) literature courses, at least two of which are in modern or contemporary literature.

Please see the UAccess advisement report or the English department course descriptions to determine which courses count for the modern or contemporary literature requirement.

Students majoring in Creative Writing may take introductory, intermediate, and advanced courses in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, as well as courses in literature, language, literary analysis, publishing, and elective courses in a range of topics in the research specialties of our internationally renowned faculty.

Creative Writing majors are prepared for careers after graduation through access to a large and growing internship program, courses in writing and publishing, access to many of today’s most important and influential writers, a Professional and Technical Writing certificate program, special career development events, a study abroad program in London, and a competitive English Honors program.

Creative writing majors take workshops in at least two of the three genres we teach (poetry, fiction and playwriting), eventually concentrating on one genre for the Manuscript Workshop.

If you wish to develop skills in writing nonfiction prose — journalism, personal essays, etc.

See the English Department for further information.

Description Creative Writing majors develop their writing craft under the guidance of award-winning writers in small workshop settings in creative nonfiction, fiction, or poetry.

Please take the Creative Writing major information session online (30 minutes) and fill out the advising form at the end.

Then use Wise Advising ( to schedule an appointment with one of our departmental advisors.


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