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. 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.

Some English literature classes may fulfill a dual requirement (for instance, a class might fulfill both poetry and 19th century or earlier requirements) but even if you complete the prose/poetry/19th century or earlier requirements in four or five classes, you still must take six English literature classes minimum.

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. Students may also substitute one 200-level English course for one 300-level course.

The latest list of English courses that meet these requirements can be found here.

Additional Information:

Online Declaration of Major form


All classes for the Creative Writing major must be taken for a letter grade -- S/U is not allowed for classes taken in fulfillment of the major. 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.

Two workshops in the same semester:

Majors may not take two workshops in same semester -- not even in order to accelerate their graduation date. Exceptions will be made for Oxford students who plan to study abroad for a semester. If you are an Oxford student who is planning study abroad and needs two workshops at Emory in the same semester, email your request to Include the number, title, semester and instructor of your course at Oxford.

ENGRD (Writing Program) courses:

ENGRD (Writing Program) courses do NOT count as English literature classes towards the major, with one exception: Professor Daniel Bosch's ENGRD 380 Topics class, Literary Editing and Publishing, offered in Spring 2021. This class counts towards both the prose and poetry requirements for the English literature component of the Creative Writing major.

Post-Freshman Writing Requirement:

Most Creative Writing classes (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_OX 270W Introduction to Creative Writing or ENGCW_OX 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. You will still need to take four 300-level Creative Writing workshops at Emory and should plan ahead to take one workshop each semester. The FILM 378 Screenwriting course offered at Oxford does NOT count towards the Creative Writing major. Oxford students should participate in Emory pre-registration and the Creative Writing Program's application process the spring before they arrive at Emory in order to assure a place in a fall class. Email BEFORE SPRING BREAK to obtain an application and schedule of fall classes.