Undergraduate Degrees

Creative Writing (BFA)

Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing

The BFA program in Creative Writing will provide you with knowledge of literary history and forms from diverse theoretical and cultural perspectives, as well as skills to read, think, and write critically. You will acquire skills in information literacy with the goal of creating a body of original poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or drama.

Program Requirements

Students admitted to the Bachelor of Fine Arts program complete 56 credits in departmental offerings for the degree. In addition to workshops at the 200, 300, and 400 levels, BFA students interested in concentrating in a specific genre take a substantial number of literature and writing courses in that genre. Therefore, it is strongly advised that fiction students take LI 308 The Art of Fiction, as well as a choice of LI fiction-based courses. Nonfiction students should take LI 303 The Art of Nonfiction, as well as a choice of LI nonfiction-based courses. Poetry students should take LI 307 The Art of Poetry, as well as a choice of poetry-based courses.

Number Course Credits
LI 120 Introduction to Literary Studies 4
LI 201 Literary Foundations 4

One course from the following:

Number Course Credits
LI 202 U.S./American Literature 4
LI 203 Literatures in English 4

Two courses from the following (not in the same genre):

Number Course Credits
PB 207 Introduction to Magazine Writing 4
WR 211– 216 Introduction to Creative Writing 4

Two courses from the following (one will be in the genre of the concentration):

Number Course Credits
PB 307 Intermediate Magazine Writing 4
WR 311-317 Intermediate Creative Writing 4

One course from the following (in the genre of the concentration):

Number Course Credits
PB 401 Advanced Seminar Workshop in Column Writing 4
WR 405–440 Advanced Writing 4

One course from the following (in the genre of the concentration):

Number Course Credits
LI 303 The Art of Nonfiction 4
LI 307 The Art of Poetry 4
LI 308 The Art of Fiction 4

Two courses from any of the 300 or 400-level Literature courses

One course from any of the 400- or 500-level Literature courses

One course in Literature, Publishing, or Writing at the 200 level or above

WR 490 Senior Creative Thesis