Undergraduate Creative Writing Major

The English Department offers two tracks for the undergraduate major: literature and creative writing. English majors are encouraged to select one of these tracks no later than their junior year.

The undergraduate degree in creative writing emphasizes knowledge and awareness of:

  • Literary works, including the genres of fiction, poetry, playwriting, and screenwriting.
  • The major texts of contemporary literary history, including the origins and development of genres, major writers of the past, and the role of the writer in society.
  • Literary analysis, including theories of literary composition and critical theory.

In addition, students completing the degree in creative writing are expected to acquire the ability and skills to write in various poetic modes and styles, write in various fictive styles, write in various nonfiction styles, and evaluate other students’ written work.

How to apply for the undergraduate Creative Writing major.