The Creative Writing concentration trains students in writing imaginatively for professional publication. Students strengthen their creative skills in a variety of genres through a series of writing workshops, which they take alongside courses in literary history and analysis. They acquire a solid grounding in literary forms; they learn to think critically and creatively about how writers represent the material of everyday life; they gain insight into writing and audience through the intense study of style, voice, and genre; and they develop an understanding of the standards by which literary works are judged.

Course Requirements

Completion of ENG 220 and ENG 221 required.

Creative Writing

Literary Analysis

Major Electives

Four English electives, at least three of which must be at the 300 level.

Diverse Traditions Requirement

English majors must take at least one course in English designated as "Diverse Traditions."  Diverse Traditions courses focus on historically under-represented groups.  Qualifying concentration requirements or major electives are designated as "Diverse Traditions" or "DT" courses in the quarterly schedule.  

Research Intensive Requirement

English majors who declared their majors after January 1, 2012, must take at least one course in English designated as "Research Intensive."  These courses integrate research instruction and assignments with the subject matter of the course.  Qualifying concentration requirements or major electives are designated as "Research Intensive" or "RI" in the quarterly schedule.  

 

ENG 201

CREATIVE WRITING

Experience in writing and analyzing poetry and short prose fiction. May not be taken pass/fail. ENG 220 and ENG 221 is recommended.

ENG 291

INTERMEDIATE FICTION WRITING

Writing and analyzing short prose fiction. May be taken twice. May not be taken pass/fail.
Prerequisites:
ENG 201 is a prerequisite for this class.

ENG 292

INTERMEDIATE POETRY WRITING

Writing and analyzing poems. May be taken twice. May not be taken pass/fail.
Prerequisites:
ENG 201 is a prerequisite for this class.

ENG 307

ADVANCED FICTION WRITING

Writing and analyzing short prose fiction, for students with prior workshop experience. May be taken twice. May not be taken pass/fail.
Prerequisites:
ENG 201 is a prerequisite for this class.

ENG 308

ADVANCED POETRY WRITING

Writing and analyzing poems, for students with prior workshop experience. May be taken twice. May not be taken pass/fail.
Prerequisites:
ENG 201 is a prerequisite for this class.

ENG 309

TOPICS IN WRITING

See schedule for current offerings. This course is repeatable with different topics.

ENG 364

AMERICAN GENRE STUDIES

Studies in American drama, poetry, short story, or novel.

ENG 365

MODERN AMERICAN FICTION

Major American writers of fiction in the twentieth century.

ENG 366

MODERN POETRY

Twentieth-century English and American Poetry.

ENG 375

STUDIES IN SHORT FICTION

The development of European, English, and American short fiction.

ENG 311

CHAUCER

Study of selected poetry and prose by Geoffrey Chaucer.

ENG 327

MILTON

Study of selected poetry and prose by John Milton.

ENG 328

SHAKESPEARE

Study of selected plays and poetry of William Shakespeare in relation to early modern English culture.

ENG 382

MAJOR AUTHORS

Study of one or two major writers. May be repeated on different authors. See schedule for current offerings.

ENG 310

ENGLISH LITERATURE TO 1500

Survey of English literature from the beginnings to 1500.

ENG 319

TOPICS IN MEDIEVAL LITERATURE

See schedule for current offerings

ENG 320

ENGLISH RENAISSANCE LITERATURE

Survey of English literature from 1500 to 1660.

ENG 329

TOPICS IN RENAISSANCE LITERATURE

See schedule for current offerings.

ENG 330

RESTORATION AND 18TH CENTURY LITERATURE

Survey of English literature from 1660 to 1780.

ENG 339

TOPICS IN RESTORATION AND 18TH CENTURY ENGLISH LITERATURE

Selected authors, genres and topics in English literature, 1660 - 1780.

ENG 340

NINETEENTH CENTURY ENGLISH LITERATURE

Survey of English literature from 1780 to 1900.

ENG 349

TOPICS IN NINETEENTH CENTURY ENGLISH LITERATURE

Selected authors, genres and topics in English literature, 1780 - 1900.

ENG 350

MODERN BRITISH LITERATURE

Survey of English and Irish literature in the twentieth century.

ENG 359

TOPICS IN MODERN BRITISH LITERATURE

Selected authors, genres, and topics in twentieth-century British literature.

ENG 360

AMERICAN LITERATURE TO 1830

Survey of American literature from the beginnings to 1830.

ENG 361

AMERICAN LITERATURE 1830 TO 1865

Survey of American literature from 1830 to 1865.

ENG 362

AMERICAN LITERATURE FROM 1865 TO 1920

Survey of American literature from 1865 to 1920.

ENG 363

AMERICAN LITERATURE SINCE 1920

This survey focuses on twentieth- and twenty-first century American literary works, authors, and movements. Coverage will explore several genres, and expose students to the diversity of some major American literary movements and authors since high modernism.

ENG 220

READING POETRY

A comprehensive introduction to English and American poetry, poetic forms and meters, and the vocabulary of poetic study.
Prerequisites:
WRD 103 or HON 100 is a prerequisite for this course.

ENG 221

READING PROSE

An introduction to close analytical reading of the fundamental prose genres that students will encounter in the English major, for example short stories, novels, folktales, literary nonfiction, and criticism. Students will study examples drawn from the history of prose as well as contemporary narrative.
Prerequisites:
WRD 103 or HON 100 is a prerequisite for this course.

ENG 369

TOPICS IN AMERICAN LITERATURE

See schedule for current offerings. This course is repeatable with different topics.
Prerequisites:
A literature course is a prerequisite for this course.
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