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English - Creative Writing Option

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English - Creative Writing Option (120 Credits)

A student may be admitted to the English – Creative Writing Option upon making their intention known to the department.

Requirements in this option involve a minimum of 45 credits, approximately half in creative writing and related professional courses, the remainder in supporting literature courses approved by the advisor. In addition to these requirements, students are urged to select UCORE courses in American and world cultures, history, and society to round out the liberal arts education that they will bring to careers in creative writing, editing, publishing, and related fields.
First Year
First TermCredits
Biological Sciences [BSCI] with lab14
Humanities [HUM] 23
Quantitative Reasoning [QUAN]3
Foreign Language, if necessary, or Elective3 or 4
Second TermCredits
Arts [ARTS]3
Physical Sciences [PSCI] with lab14
Foreign Language, if necessary, or Elective3 or 4
Second Year
First TermCredits
Arts [ARTS], Humanities [HUM], or Social Sciences [SSCI]3
ENGLISH 351 or 3533
Social Sciences [SSCI]3
Electives (literature courses recommended)7
Second TermCredits
Communication [COMM] or Written Communication [WRTG]3
Diversity [DIVR]3
300-400-level Literature Elective33
Humanities Electives23
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermCredits
ENGLISH 302 [M]3
ENGLISH 357, 402 [M], 498, OR 4993
300-400-level Literature Elective33
Second TermCredits
ENGLISH 451 [M], 452 [M], or 4533
Writers of Color Course 43
300-400-level Electives9
Fourth Year
First TermCredits
Integrative Capstone [CAPS]3
300-400-level Creative Writing or Literature Elective 53
400-level Literature Elective 33
300-400-level Electives6
Complete English Portfolio
Second TermCredits
ENGLISH 451 [M], 452 [M], or 4533
300-400-level Creative Writing or Literature Elective 53

1To meet University and College of Arts and Sciences requirements, students must take a [BSCI] course with lab and [PSCI] course with lab.
2Humanities Electives: At least one from HUMANITY 101, 103, 302 [M], 303, 304, 335, 350, 410, or 450 is required. Upper-division HUMANITY courses are not recommended for first-year students.
3Literature Electives: Approved courses include ENGLISH 305, 306, 309, 311, 314, 315, 317, 321, 322, 332, 341, 366, 370, 371, 372, 373, 382, 409, 419, 470, and 480-489.
4Writers of Color Courses: Choose from ENGLISH 311, 314 [M], 315, 321, 322 [M], 341 [M], 345 [M], or 489.
5Approved courses include any 300-400-level ENGLISH courses not used to fulfill other requirements.

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