Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Creative and Professional Writing Major

Degree Type
Bachelor of Fine Arts, BFA
Program

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a creative and professional writing major will provide serious, aspiring writers an intensive and challenging apprenticeship in the writing arts, informed by the close study of literature. The program is designed to offer writing students an exciting, sound liberal arts education based on the belief that writers and artists need to be grounded in the cultural, historical and intellectual contexts of the tradition in which they work. The program will prepare students seeking careers in professional creative writing or in other literary professions, such as journalism, editing, publishing or arts management. The program also prepares students to pursue a master’s degree in creative writing, communications or other programs. The creative and professional writing major requires 42 hours in addition to the GEP requirements. Major requirements include 27 hours in writing, 12 hours in literature, and three hours in additional art areas. Students seeking admittance to the major in creative and professional writing must achieve at least a 2.75 in ENG 292: Introduction to Creative Writing and receive a recommendation from the creative writing faculty before being accepted into the major. Upon completion of ENG 292, students may apply for admission into the creative and professional writing major by sending a letter of application and a 10-page writing sample to the director of creative writing. Application to the creative and professional writing major must be submitted no later than the end of the spring semester of the junior year.

Core Writing

  • ENG 292 is the prerequisite for all 300 level creative writing courses in fiction and poetry
Item #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
18

Writing Electives

Complete three courses from the following:

  • ENG 493 may not be repeated for credit toward major
Item #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
9

English Selection

Complete two courses from the following:

Item #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
6

Required Literature

  • Six hours selected from 300 level courses (one course must be from before 1900, British or American)
Sub-Total Credits
6

Art Requirement

Complete one of the following:

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Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
3
Total Credits
42