To fulfill this concentration, students must take five courses in Creative Writing, including at least three upper-division courses. Students will specialize in one particular genre – poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction – ultimately taking a 3-course sequence in that genre (200-, 300-, and 400-level). Students must take at least one creative writing course outside their genre of specialization, a requirement that can be fulfilled by courses in screenwriting or playwriting or by courses in the other primary genres named above.
Typically, a student will take two 200-level courses in different genres in order to choose an area of specialization. After this, the student would proceed to complete the sequence of three courses, with at least one at the 400 level, as well as one additional upper-division course.
The concentration will not change the current requirement structure in the English Major; the number of courses in literature, as well as the prerequisites and the existing requirements in literary history and theory, will all remain in place. The 400-level course in creative writing will not count as a 400-level seminar for the purposes of the English Major requirements. An English Major with a Creative Writing Concentration will thus require 36 hours (with nine upper-division credit hours counting as electives in the Major and an additional six hours of writing courses for the concentration).
Students from other majors may still pursue the Writing Minor, which features no specific creative focus. The Minor requires a course in expository or argumentative writing and does not require any sequence in a single genre; there is no intended interaction with the study of literature as such in the Writing Minor.