Major Requirements – Track C

Listed below are the requirements for the English major. In addition to the requirements for the major, students must also satisfy all of the university general education requirements and the College of Letters & Science breadth and other degree requirements. Degree requirements will vary depending on when you took your first college class. You are strongly advised to consult your advisor to ensure you stay on track towards a degree. Read more about our degree requirements.

Track C: Creative Writing

ENGLISH 215Introduction to English Studies3
Select one of the following:3
ENGLISH 233
Introduction to Creative Writing
ENGLISH 234
Writing Fiction: Structure and Technique
ENGLISH 235
Writing Poetry: Forms, Styles, Voices
Select three of the following:9
ENGLISH 414
Special Topics in Creative Writing:
ENGLISH 415
Fiction Workshop
ENGLISH 416
Poetry Workshop
ENGLISH 418
Literary Journal Production
ENGLISH 611
The Writer and the Current Literary Scene
ENGLISH 612
Poetry and the Creative Process
Select two of the following:6
ENGLISH 325
The Art of Fiction:
ENGLISH 326
The Development of the Novel:
ENGLISH 327
The Development of the Short Story
ENGLISH 328
Forms of Experimental Literature:
ENGLISH 329
Film and Literature
ENGLISH 341
The Development of Drama:
ENGLISH 342
Comedy:
ENGLISH 343
Tragedy:
ENGLISH 344
Modern Drama:
ENGLISH 360
The Art of Poetry:
ENGLISH 361
The Development of Poetry:
ENGLISH 378
Survey of Current Literary and Cultural Theory
ENGLISH 417
Readings for Writers:
ENGLISH 515
Literature and the Other Arts:
ENGLISH 547
Studies in Theory and Criticism:
Select one of the following:3
ENGLISH 301
Survey of English Literature, Beginnings to 1500
ENGLISH 302
Survey of English Literature, 1500-1660
ENGLISH 303
Survey of English Literature, 1660-1798
ENGLISH 451
Chaucer
ENGLISH 452
Shakespeare
ENGLISH 454
Milton
ENGLISH 456
Writers in English Literature, 1500-1660:
ENGLISH 457
Writers in English Literature, 1660-1798:
ENGLISH 500
Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Literature:
ENGLISH 501
Studies in Literature, 1500-1660:
ENGLISH 504
Studies in Literature, 1660-1800:
ENGLISH 530
Studies in Shakespeare:
Select two of the following:6
ENGLISH 304
Survey of English Literature, 1798-1900
ENGLISH 305
Survey of English Literature: 1900 to the Present
ENGLISH 306
Survey of Irish Literature
ENGLISH 307
Survey of American Literature to 1865
ENGLISH 308
Survey of American Literature, 1865-1965
ENGLISH 309
Survey of Contemporary American Literature
ENGLISH 332
Gay and Lesbian Literature:
ENGLISH 372
Survey of American Indian Literature
ENGLISH 373
Survey of Ethnic Minority Literature
ENGLISH 374
Survey of U.S. Latino/a Literature
ENGLISH 375
Survey of Asian American Literature
ENGLISH 377
Survey of African-American Literature, 1930 to the Present
ENGLISH 381
World Literatures Written in English:
ENGLISH 455
Writers in Drama:
ENGLISH 458
Writers in English Literature, 1798-1900:
ENGLISH 459
Writers in English Literature, 1900 to the Present:
ENGLISH 460
Writers in American Literature, 1500-1900:
ENGLISH 461
Writers in American Literature, 1900 to the Present: (subtitle)
ENGLISH 463
Writers in African-American Literature:
ENGLISH 465
Women Writers:
ENGLISH 505
Studies in Literature, 1800-1900:
ENGLISH 507
Studies in Literature, 1900 to the Present:
ENGLISH 517
Studies in African-American Literature:
ENGLISH 518
Studies in Irish Literature:
ENGLISH 520
Studies in American Indian Literature:
ENGLISH 521
Studies in Ethnic Minority Literature:
ENGLISH 522
Studies in World Literature Written in English:
ENGLISH 523
Studies in U.S. Latino/a Literature:
ENGLISH 524
Studies in Asian-American Literature:
ENGLISH 525
American Indian Literature, Culture, and Creative Arts
Select 3 credits in an upper-level English elective3
ENGLISH 615Advanced Workshop in Fiction (capstone experience) (satisfies L&S research requirement)3
or ENGLISH 616 Advanced Workshop in Poetry:
Total Credits36

Please Note: In order to register for the ENGLISH 615 or ENGLISH 616 capstone (see below), students must have completed successfully two 400-level workshops (ENGLISH 414, ENGLISH 415, ENGLISH 416) as follows:

  • Prerequisites for ENGLISH 615 fiction capstone: ENGLISH 415 and one of the following: a second section of ENGLISH 415 or ENGLISH 414 or ENGLISH 416.
  • Prerequisites for ENGLISH 616 poetry capstone: ENGLISH 416 and one of the following: a second section of ENGLISH 416 or ENGLISH 414 or ENGLISH 415.
  • Students may not take the two required 400-level workshops in the same semester, and they may not take either of them concurrently with ENGLISH 615/ENGLISH 616.