English and Creative Writing Major and Minor Requirements

Department: English 
Department Chair: G. Phillips 
Department Members: C. Buchen, K. Burpo, S. Crisafulli, R. Erable, C. Moody, G. Phillips, K. Schmidt 

Major: English, Creative Writing 
Minors: English, Creative Writing, Professional Writing 

The English and Creative Writing majors are designed to develop students who can read, write, speak, and argue intelligently and sensitively, and who know the great artistic achievements and profound insights into human experience which our literary heritage provides. Both majors call for extensive preparatory work in the foundations of writing and literature, particularly British and American. Upper-division courses offer specialized work in periods, genres, literary research and scholarship, written expression, and the history and structure of English. Students who complete these majors develop proficiency in reading, writing, and thinking critically, and have a well-rounded knowledge of English literature; thus, they acquire the skills needed to pursue a variety of graduate programs and/or a variety of careers—in public service, business, law, education, and publishing. 

English Major 

English majors must earn a C or better in LA 201 and ENG 210. They must earn a C- or better in all other ENG and prerequisite courses. 

Core Requirements 
ENG 117 World Literature I 
ENG 118 World Literature II 
ENG 210 Intro to Literary Research 
ENG 410 Senior Seminar 
ENG 485 Communication Consulting Project 
ENG 499 Senior Competency Practicum 

One course from each of the following categories 
Category A: Topics in Literature 
ENG 231 Global Literature 
ENG 232 Greek Literature 
ENG 234 African American Literature 
ENG 235 Native North American Literature 
ENG 236 Gender & Sexuality in Literature 
ENG 238 American Minority Literature 

Category B: Language 
CWR 150 Introduction to Creative Writing 
ENG 224 Introduction to Linguistics 
ENG 227 Advanced Grammar 
ENG 228 Advanced Composition 

Category C: Pre-1800 Historical & Cultural Contexts 
ENG 307 Early Modern & Enlightenment British Literature 
ENG 308 Old & Medieval British Literature 
ENG 333 Shakespeare 
ENG 355 Early American Literature 

Category D: Post-1800 Historical & Cultural Contexts 
ENG 312 Romantic & Victorian British Literature 
ENG 314 Modern & Contemporary British Literature 
ENG 359 Realist & Modernist American Literature 
ENG 360 Contemporary American Literature 

Additional required coursework 
English majors are required to take an additional three to four credits at the 200 level or higher. Choices include the category courses above, plus: 

CWR 210 Journal Editing Leadership
CWR 211 Journal Publishing Leadership
CWR 270 Fiction I 
CWR 280 Poetry I 
CWR 290 Creative Nonfiction 
ENG 300 Topics in English 
ENG 375 Dramatic Literature I
ENG 376 Dramatic Literature I
THE 245 Playwriting

Students may also count toward the English major one four-credit, upper-level French or Spanish literature course; this course will count as four undistributed ENG credit hours. 

Professional Development Requirements 
ENG 385 Professional Development in English 

One of the following courses 
ENG 482 English Practicum (approved as a PDP experience for 2-4 hours) 
SNR/SNT 489 (ENG) Professional Development Experience in English 

Related field requirement 
Twelve semester hours from related fields are to be selected in consultation with the student’s departmental advisor. (Note: The agreed list of courses must be submitted to the Academic Records Office, in writing, by the academic advisor). English majors may use the Creative Writing major or minor as a related field. All related field requirements must be completed with a grade of C- or better. 

Creative Writing Major 
Creative Writing majors must earn a C or better in CWR 150, LA 201, and ENG 210. They must earn a C- or better in all other CWR, ENG, and prerequisite courses. 

Core Requirements 
CWR 150 Introduction to Creative Writing 
CWR 270 Fiction I 
CWR 280 Poetry I 
CWR 499 Senior Competency Practicum 
ENG 118 World Literature II 
ENG 210 Introduction to Literary Research 
ENG 360 Contemporary American Literature 

One of the following courses 
CWR 370 Fiction II 
CWR 380 Poetry II 

One of the following courses 
ENG 231 Global Literature 
ENG 232 Greek Literature 
ENG 234 African American Literature 
ENG 235 Native North American Literature 
ENG 236 Gender & Sexuality in Literature 
ENG 238 American Minority Literature 

Additional required coursework 
Creative Writing majors are required to take two additional CWR and/or ENG courses at the 200-level or higher. Choices include those listed above, plus: 

CWR 210 Journal Editing Leadership 
CWR 211 Journal Publishing Leadership 
CWR 290 Creative Nonfiction 
CWR 300 Topics in Creative Writing 
ENG 224 Introduction to Linguistics 
ENG 227 Advanced Grammar 
ENG 228 Advanced Composition 
ENG 307 Early Modern & Enlightenment British Lit 
ENG 308 Old & Medieval British Literature 
ENG 312 Romantic & Victorian British Literature 
ENG 314 Modern & Contemporary British Literature 
ENG 333 Shakespeare 
ENG 355 Early American Literature
ENG 359 Realist & Modernist American Literature 
ENG 360 Contemporary American Literature 
ENG 375 Dramatic Literature I 
ENG 376 Dramatic Literature II 
THE 245 Playwriting 

Professional Development Requirements 
CWR 385 Professional Development in Creative Writing 

One of the following courses 
CWR 482 Creative Writing Practicum (approved as a PDP experience for 2-4 credits) 
SNR/SNT 489 (CWR) Professional Development Experience in Creative Writing 

Related field requirement 
Twelve semester hours from related fields are to be selected in consultation with the student’s departmental advisor. (Note: The agreed list of courses must be submitted to the Academic Records Office, in writing, by the academic advisor). Creative Writing majors may use the English major or minor as a related field. All related field requirements must be completed with a grade of C- or better. 

English Minor (19 hours) 
English minors must earn a C or better in LA 201 and ENG 210. They must earn a C- or better in all other ENG and prerequisite courses. 

Core Requirements 
ENG 117 World Literature I 
ENG 118 World Literature II 
ENG 210 Introduction to Literary Research 

Additional required coursework 
An additional 8 hours of ENG course work at the 200-level or higher. 

Creative Writing Minor 
Creative Writing minors must earn a C or better in CWR 150. They must earn a C- or better in all other CWR, ENG and prerequisite courses. 

Core Requirements 
CWR 150 Introduction to Creative Writing 

Two of the following courses 
CWR 270 Fiction
CWR 280 Poetry I
CWR 290 Creative Nonfiction  
CWR 370 Fiction II
CWR 380 Poetry II 
 THE 245 Playwriting

Additional Required Coursework 
Creative writing minors are required to take an additional 7-8 credits of ENG course work at the 200 level or higher. 

Professional Writing Minor (15-17 hours) 
Core Requirements 
ENG 227 Advanced Grammar 
ENG 485 Communications Consulting Project 

One of the following courses 
CWR 150 Introduction to Creative Writing 
ENG 228 Advanced Composition 

Two of the following courses 
CWR 110 Journal Editing 
CWR 111 Journal Publishing 
MMJ 115 Reporting, Interviewing, and Newswriting 
MMJ 135 Editing for Print and Onlin 

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