Major in English and Creative Writing

Creative Writing Workshops

Creative Writing majors must complete five writing workshops (15-20 credits). Either Honors or one independent study can count as one workshop. At least two workshops must be taken in the same genre (fiction, poetry, playwriting, screenwriting, creative non-fiction); students are encouraged to continue study in the same genre as the Intro but this is not a requirement.

NOTE: All majors must take one 200-level Introductory workshop in poetry (ENGCW 271W) or fiction (ENGCW 272W). Students at Oxford College may also take ENGCW 270W, the two-genre workshop. However, only one 200-level Creative Writing workshop (270W, 271W, 272W) will be counted towards the major. The other four workshops must be 300-level. Majors are welcome to take a second 200-level introductory workshop in the other genre, but it is not required and it will not count towards the major.

Literature Requirement (ENG 300 or above)

Six 300 level English courses (18-24 credits); all six courses must be focused on literary studies:

  • At least two courses concentrating mainly on poetry.
  • At least two courses concentrating mainly on prose.
  • At least two courses in writing of the 19th century or earlier.

Drama that is written in the form of poetry can count toward the poetry requirement. Drama that is written in the form of prose can count for the prose requirement.

Each major's advisor will exercise discretion in allowing credit for these categories since many courses mix poetry, prose, and drama. Advisors may also substitute one 200-level English course for one 300-level course.

All classes for the Creative Writing must be taken for a letter grade. The grade of C is the minimum required for a class to count towards the major. Classes with a grade below C will not appear in Degree Tracker towards fulfilling the major.

NOTE: MOST CREATIVE WRITING COURSES (EXCEPT FRESHMAN SEMINARS) WILL FULFILL THE POST-FRESHMAN WRITING REQUIREMENT. If the course number includes the letter "W," then it will fulfill the writing requirement.

OXFORD STUDENTS: ENGCW 270W Introduction to Creative Writing or ENGCW 271W Introduction to Poetry Writing taken at Oxford will count towards the Creative Writing major. You may take both but only one will count towards the major. The FILM 378 Screenwriting course offered at Oxford does NOT count towards the Creative Writing major.