Creative Writing Major

Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing

The creative writing major requires a minimum of 36 credit hours (nine courses).

ENGL 200Introduction to Literary Studies4
One literature course before 1830 (British) or 1865 (U.S.) 4
One 300-level literature course4
One introduction to genre course4
One workshop course4
One elective writing course4
One craft intensive course4
One practical application course or experience4
ENGL 400Senior Seminar4
Total Credits36

Literature Courses Before 1830 (British) or 1865 (U.S.)

ENGL 221British Literature I4
ENGL 223Shakespeare4
ENGL 225American Literature Survey I4
ENGL 230African American Literature4
ENGL/REL 288Shakespeare and Film3
ENGL 306Medieval Literature4
ENGL 309Early Modern Literature4
ENGL 327British Romantic Literature4
ENGL 336The Elizabethan Age (HIST 336)4
ENGL 342American Romanticism4

300-Level Literature Courses

ENGL 306Medieval Literature4
ENGL 309Early Modern Literature4
ENGL 327British Romantic Literature4
ENGL 328Victorian Literature4
ENGL 331Black Women Writers4
ENGL 332Black Men Writers4
ENGL 334African Women Writers4
ENGL 336The Elizabethan Age (HIST 336)4
ENGL 342American Romanticism4
ENGL 372Modern Poetry4
ENGL 376Contemporary Fiction4
ENGL 3784

Introduction to Genre Courses

ENGL 205Introduction to Creative Writing4
ENGL 206Introduction to Poetry4
ENGL 207Introduction to Fiction4
ENGL 208Creative Nonfiction4
ENGL 210/THEA 244Playwriting Workshop (THEA 244)4

Workshop Courses

ENGL 208Creative Nonfiction4
ENGL 210/THEA 244Playwriting Workshop (THEA 244)4
ENGL 211Poetry Workshop 14
ENGL 212Fiction Workshop 24

Writing Courses

ENGL 205Introduction to Creative Writing4
ENGL 206Introduction to Poetry4
ENGL 207Introduction to Fiction4
ENGL 208Creative Nonfiction4
ENGL 210/THEA 244Playwriting Workshop (THEA 244)4
ENGL 211Poetry Workshop 14
ENGL 212Fiction Workshop 24

Craft Intensive Courses

ENGL 228American Nature Writing (REL 120)4
ENGL 372Modern Poetry4
ENGL 376Contemporary Fiction4
ENGL 380Rhetoric and Composition4

Practical Application Courses or Experiences

ENGL 275Literary Magazine Practicum1
ENGL 282Journalism4
ENGL 285Guilfordian Practicum1-4
ENGL 290Internship1-8
ENGL 380Rhetoric and Composition4
ENGL 382Technical and Professional Communication4
ENGL 390Internship1-8

Internships can be done either off campus (e.g., Style magazine, News & Record) or on campus (e.g., editorship with The Guilfordian or The Greenleaf Review).

Students develop a “plan of study” for their individually designed major as part of ENGL 200 Introduction to Literary Studies and then monitor progress toward the major in course-selection meetings with their advisors.

For further details of all programs, see both individual course descriptions and the department’s advising guidelines, available from any department member. Students will take the introduction to the major (ENGL 200 Introduction to Literary Studies) when they declare the major (usually in the sophomore year) and the capstone course (ENGL 400 Senior Seminar) in their senior year.

Note: Both ENGL 102 College Reading and Writing: Many Voices and Historical Perspectives are prerequisites for ENGL 200 Introduction to Literary Studies, ENGL 211 Poetry Workshop and ENGL 212 Fiction Workshop and for all 300- and 400-level English courses. ENGL 250 Special Topics and ENGL 350 Special Topics Special Topics courses may fulfill literature or writing course requirements, depending upon topic.