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Creative and Professional Writing Major, B.F.A.

Note: A bachelor's degree requires 128 credits, 40 credits of which must be taken at the 3000 and 4000 levels. Please keep this in mind when selecting electives for the B.F.A.

Please also note that by taking additional courses, students may obtain teacher licensure with the B.F.A. Consult the English department chair for details.

I. Required Writing Component

  1. Take the following course:
    ENGL 3101 Advanced Writing (3 credits)

  2. Take two courses in each of two of the following areas:

    Note: Asterisked (*) courses either have prerequisites not required in this major or require consent of instructor .

    ENGL 3115 Writing Fiction I (3 credits)
    ENGL 4116 Writing Fiction II (3 credits)

    ENGL 3125 Writing Poetry I (3 credits)
    ENGL 4126 Writing Poetry II (3 credits)

    Creative Nonfiction
    ENGL 3145 Writing Creative Nonfiction I (3 credits)
    ENGL 4146 Writing Creative Nonfiction II (3 credits)

    THSP 2030 Introduction to Scriptwriting (2 credits)
    THSP 3030 Advanced Scriptwriting (2 credits)

    Professional Writing/Technical Communication
    ENGL 2150 Technical Writing (3 credits)
    ENGL 3155 Professional Writing (3 credits)

    Electronic Writing and Publishing
    ENGL 3177 Weblogs and Wikis (3 credits)
    ENGL 3179 Elements of Electronic Rhetoric (3 credits)
    *ENGL 4169 Web Content Writing (3 credits)
    *ENGL 4170 Web Design for Content Writers (3 credits)

    Internships and Practica
    *ENGL 4861 Practicum in Literary Careers, Publishing, and Management I (3 credits)
    *ENGL 4862 Practicum in Literary Careers, Publishing, and Management II (3 credits)
    ENGL Arranged Internships (1-3 credits)

  3. Take 6-8 additional credits either from the above areas, from courses offered as ENGL 3555 English Topics writing courses, or from arranged courses, to bring total writing credits to 21.

Subtotal 21 Credits

II. Required Literature Component

Select 9 credits from the following courses:

ENGL 2350 American Literature, to 1865 (3 credits)
ENGL 2355 American Literature, 1865 to Present (3 credits)
ENGL 2357 British and World Drama (3 credits)
ENGL 2358 British and World Poetry (3 credits)
ENGL 2359 British and World Prose (3 credits)
Select 12 additional credits of ENGL Genre, Period, Culture, Author, or Film courses at the 3000 level or above. PHIL 2240 Aesthetics (3 credits) and/or PHIL 2310 Philosophy in Literature (3 credits) may be taken in place of 3 to 6 of these credits. 

Subtotal 21 Credits

III. Required Concentration

Complete the courses in one of the following concentrations:

  1. Complete 15 credits in additional ENGL literature and/or ENGL or MASC writing courses.

  2. Complete any minor or a second major. If a minor is taken that is less than 15 credits, additional credits must be taken, with consent of advisor, in the same or a related discipline.

Subtotal 15 Credits

IV. Required Senior Project

ENGL 4881 Senior Project, Part I, semester one of senior year (1 credit)
ENGL 4882 Senior Project, Part II, semester two of senior year (2 credits)

Subtotal 3 Credits

Total Semester Credits Required for Major 60 Credits

A Total of 128 Semester Credits is Required for a Bachelor's Degree



Literature courses
Liberal Education requirements


Literature courses
Liberal Education requirements


Writing courses
Literature courses
Elective courses


Writing courses
Literature courses
Elective courses
ENGL 4881 Senior Project I (first semester)
ENGL 4882 Senior Project II (second semester)

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