Admission to the English Major with a Creative Writing Concentration is competitive and is based on the strength of the Cover Letter and Writing Sample. Fifteen students will be admitted each year.
- Be in their sophomore or junior year
- Submit a cover letter and writing sample by completing this Application form between October 1 and November 1
- Cover Letter (1,000 words maximum): Explain how your personal background and life experiences (social, cultural, familial, educational) or other opportunities or challenges have motivated your decision to pursue an English Major with a Creative Writing Concentration. In addition, tell us about your academic and research background, your career goals, and how the English Major with a Creative Writing Concentration will help you meet your educational objectives.
- Writing Sample (2,500 words maximum): You may send prose, poetry or any mixture of genres. Please use 12 pt. font. Prose pieces must be double-spaced. Submissions that do not comply with these rules will not be considered.
Notification on application status will go out by email to all applicants by December 15.
As a creative writing concentrator, you will receive guidance from full-time creative writing faculty members to help you choose courses in a manner that provides a coherent focus across writing genres and historical periods, at the same time allowing you to pursue an interest-driven, individualized course of study. Advisors will initially be assigned at random, but you will have the opportunity to adjust your advisor assignment as you develop a mentoring relationship with different faculty members.
- 11 Courses
- 1 Theory course
- 5 Literature electives
- 4 Creative Writing courses
- 1 Capstone course (this would be a 4 credit class)
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.
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.
Race and Social Justice Requirement
English majors in the Class of 2023 and beyond are required to take one course with the Race and Social Justice designation. These courses will introduce students to literatures from minority, ethnic, diasporic, postcolonial, colonial, and/or global traditions. They also aim to examine issues of race through the lenses of ethics, social justice, respect for human dignity, and the sustainability of the world in which we live. These courses have the ENRJ attribute code and are included in departmental course listings.
Creative Writing Courses
One of these Creative Writing courses may be a cross-listed 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.
* Courses in which a student receives a D or F will not count toward the major. All graduating students will have to attend the Capstone course which will be offered only in the Spring. Students electing the zero credit course would have less assigned work in the class.