Creative Writing - Poetry Track

Requirements for the Major in Creative Writing - Poetry Track

The major requires successful completion of the following:

Course Requirements
ENGL 101Literature and Composition4
Select one of the approved 300-level English courses focusing on literature from the period before 1800 English Literature before 1800 (attribute ENGP)4
Select three additional 300-level English courses12
WRIT 205Beginning Poetry Workshop4
WRIT 210Forms of Poetry4
WRIT 305Intermediate Poetry Workshop4
WRIT 405Advanced Poetry Workshop4
Select one of the following:4
Beginning Fiction Workshop
Beginning Playwriting Workshop
Beginning Narrative Nonfiction Workshop
Select one of the following:4
Forms of Fiction
Forms of Drama
Total Semester Hours44
Additional Requirements
A comprehensive exercise is required 1

The comprehensive exercise for Creative Writing majors in the Poetry track includes the following: the creation of a capstone project in a specific genre, working with a faculty advisor; a formal essay placing that capstone within a larger understanding of contemporary creative writing, focusing on both form and content; and an oral presentation of the capstone.


A student who maintains a 3.33 grade point average in creative writing courses and earns a grade of B+ or above on the comprehensive exercise is eligible to pursue an honors project. The honors project consists of a critical thesis on some element of creative writing, looking at established works of literature through the lens of craft.