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B.A. in English: Creative Writing Major

Contact Person:
Donald McNutt, Department Chair
118 Morey, (315) 267-2043

32 credit hours.

The Creative Writing Major hones students’ abilities to write and think imaginatively and critically. Students select workshops in creative nonfiction, drama, fiction, poetry, and screenwriting. Students learn strategies for crafting original expression while courses in literary study further allow them to contextualize their art. Students are expected to attend and give public readings of creative works, assist with literary publications, read extensively in her/his chosen genre(s), and complete a senior portfolio of polished pieces.

All courses are 3 credits unless noted. Credits are divided as follows:

Gateway Courses (Credits 8)
COMP 201 Writing Arguments (4 credits)
COMP 202 Introduction to Creative Writing (4 credits)

Creative Writing Courses:* select three (Credits 12)
COMP 302 Fiction Workshop I (4 credits)
COMP 303 Poetry Workshop I (4 credits)
COMP 306 Playwriting: Short Plays (4 credits)
COMP 307 Creative Nonfiction Workshop I (4 credits)
COMP 308 Writing Fiction for Children (4 credits)
COMP 309 Screenwriting Workshop I (4 credits)
COMP 310 Playwriting: Full-length Plays (4 credits)
COMP 395, 495 Special Topics (Creative Writing) (4 credits)

Literature Courses (Credits 6)
LITR 200 Literary Traditions OR
   LITR 201 Patterns of Literature
Literature Elective at the 300- or 400 level

Theory Course (Credits 3)
LITR 300 Literary Analysis & Research

Senior Writing Course (Credits 3)
COMP 490 Writing Supervision

In addition to formal instruction, each student in the Creative Writing Major will be expected to attend public readings of creative works, give public readings of creative works, assist with literary publications, and read extensively in her/his chosen genre(s).

*Note: May substitute one applied writing course from the Writing Major for one upper-division creative writing course with adviser approval.