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English Majors

English majors may take up to 2 creative writing courses (in place of electives). A typical course of study for this option is:
  • 1 Theory course
  • 3 Pre-1800 courses
  • 2 English Creative Writing courses (at 3000 level or above). 
    • One of these Creative Writing courses may be a cross-listed course.  (The exception to this rule is COMM 2211: Journalism Workshop.) For a list of approved cross-listed Creative Writing courses, click here. 
  • 4 Literature Electives (At 3000 level or above).  Two of these courses may be Cognate Courses.




THE ENGLISH MAJOR WITH A
CONCENTRATION IN CREATIVE WRITING

 
Premised on the belief that the study of literature and the practice of writing are mutually reinforcing, the English Major with a Creative Writing Concentration emphasizes the inter-relations among creative writing, digital media, criticism, and scholarship. As a concentration with a dual focus on literature and creative work, fully integrated within the English department, this degree offering combines literature courses, small writing workshops, and practical industry training to prepare students for advanced study or careers in writing, media, and publishing. In addition, our concentrators benefit from the resources provided by a creatively accomplished faculty whose work is distinguished and whose practical knowledge of the institutions that support creative writing is extensive, and New York City itself, a worldwide center for literary publishing.

Application

Admission to the English Major with a Creative Writing Concentration is competitive and is based primarily on the strength of the submitted writing sample.  Fifteen students will be admitted each year. 

Applicants must:

  • Be in their sophomore or junior year
  • Have and maintain a 3.0 overall G.P.A.
  • Attend 3 Creative Writing events each semester
  • Submit an application and Writing Sample by completing this Application form by November 1st
Notification on application status will go out by email to all applicants by December 1st.


the english major WITH A CONCENTRATION IN CREATIVE WRITING Requirements


The English Major with a Creative Writing Concentration consists of a total of 11 required courses
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*Courses in which a student receives a D or F will not count toward the major.


One Junior Theory Course
All majors are required to take "Theory for English Majors" (ENGL 3045) or "Theories of Comparative Literature" (COLI 3000). These courses introduce the English major to debates in literary and critical theory. The goal of these courses is to reflect on reading strategies, textual practices and language itself. Students will engage with a range of critical, theoretical and social issues shaping the field of literary studies today.


Five Literature Electives (at 3000 level or above)
At least two courses must be designated in a historical period before 1800.   While the English curriculum grants students considerable freedom to pursue their individual interests, the department urges majors to consult regularly with their advisers in selecting their electives, in order to ensure historical diversity in their course of study.

Five Creative Writing Courses
One of these Creative Writing courses may be a cross-listed course.  (The exception to this rule is COMM 2211: Journalism Workshop.) For a list of approved cross-listed Creative Writing courses, click here.

One (Non-Credit) Capstone Course
This course is the exit requirement for English Majors concentrating in Creative Writing.  To take this course, students must have completed 7 of their 11 courses toward their degree. They also must be in their Senior year. Students will work collaboratively to put together a public exhibition of a creative writing project as a culminating experience.


Advising

Faculty advisors will guide students in choosing courses in a manner that provides a coherent focus across writing genres and historical periods, at the same time allowing students to pursue an interest-driven, individualized course of study. Advisors, all full-time creative writing faculty, will initially be assigned at random. Students will have the opportunity to adjust their advisor assignment as faculty-student relationships develop during the course of study.


Publications

Students are encouraged to be involved with one of the publications on campus, including CURA, The Observer (and its literary section, “The Comma”) and The Ram.  Class credit may be earned by working on any of these publications. 


Internships

Students are also encouraged to explore internships relevant to their course of study.  However, internships will not be offered for credit toward the degree and will not
substitute for course work.



Creative Writing Minor


For English Majors


The Creative Writing minor for English majors allows students to take 4 creative writing classes.  This increases the total number of required courses for the English Major from 10 to 14. A typical course of study for this option is:
  • 1 Theory course
  • 3 Pre-1800 courses
  • 4 English Creative Writing courses (at 3000 level or above). 
    • One of these Creative Writing courses may be a cross-listed course.  (The exception to this rule is COMM 2211: Journalism Workshop.) For a list of approved cross-listed Creative Writing courses, click here.
  • 6 Literature Electives (At 3000 level or above). Two of these courses may be Cognate Courses.

For Non-English Majors

The minor in Creative Writing, available to students in majors other than English, will consist of:

  1.  Four (4) four-credit courses which must be drawn from 3000-level and above English Creative Writing courses. 
  • One of these Creative Writing courses may be a cross-listed course.  (The exception to this rule is COMM 2211: Journalism Workshop.) For a list of approved cross-listed Creative Writing courses, click here.
  • Independent studies, approved by the Director of Creative Writing, are also accepted.  
Please note:  Students minoring in Creative Writing may count no more than 2 courses [or 8 credits] applicable to the Creative Writing minor for their major.
      
   2. Two (2) advanced courses (3000-level and above) in Literature offered through the English department.
Cognate Courses (3000-level and above) and courses meeting literature requirements in the Classics department, the Literary Studies program, or the Modern Languages department may be utilized to fulfill this requirement.



How to Declare Creative Writing Minor

To declare a Creative Writing Minor, fill out the online Creative Writing Minor Declaration form.
  After filling out this form, you will soon receive an email that your request has been sent for processing to Enrollment Services.





Departmental Honors in Creative Writing

The department offers an honors option in English for seniors who wish to do an ambitious piece of research and writing under the individual direction of faculty or in conjunction with a senior seminar (maximum length is 40 pages double-spaced). Faculty Advisors can be any full-time faculty member or Writer in Residence from this list.

Eligibility
The honors option is open to English majors with a GPA of 3.6 or higher in English who are minoring in Creative Writing or completing the Creative Writing Option.  Students must have completed at least 3 Creative Writing classes before applying for Honors.  (The Honors course, itself, does not count as one of these three classes)

Process
The thesis is to be written over the course of one semester:

Beginning of Semester
  • Student registers for 4000 level Independent Study Honors course with Associate Chair.
  • Student determines Faculty Advisor.  Faculty Advisor and student, in consultation with the Director of Creative Writing, determine Second Reader.
  • Early in semester, student meets with Faculty Advisor and Second Reader to go over parameters of the thesis.
Mid-Semester
  • Deadline for the first completed draft of the thesis is mid-semester.
End of Semester
  • Deadline for completed thesis is three weeks before the end of classes.
  • Completed thesis will include cover sheet, which advisor and second reader must sign and indicate if further revision is required (each must check off either "OK as is" or "OK with revisions"; any necessary changes will be discussed at length).  Cover sheets are located here.
  • If additional revision is required, the final deadline for the completed thesis is the last day of classes for that semester.
  • Faculty Advisor and Second Reader determine whether the thesis qualifies the student for departmental honors.



Events

The Creative Writing Program is community-intensive and plays strongly to Fordham’s strengths within the New York City academic community. In a marked effort to have students meet practicing writers and to introduce them to ways creative writers can apply their skills after graduation, students in creative writing courses attend three Fordham Creative Writing program events with their professors.   

 





The Republic of Poetry is a state of mind.  It is a place where creativity meets community, where the imagination serves humanity.  The Republic of Poetry is a republic of justice, because the practice of justice is the highest form of human expression.  This goes beyond the tired idea of "poetic justice," because all justice is poetic....  I know you can build you can build your own Republic of Poetry, because I have seen it.  I saw it in Chile, where the citizens overcame seventeen years of military dictatorship to rebuild their democracy, ultimately electing a socialist woman president....  Chile is a nation of poets, and in Chile poetry is inseparable from the struggle for democracy.

--Martin Espada







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