RequirementsThe Department of English offers a minor degree program of study in Creative Writing.
English Minor In Creative Writing
The minor in Creative Writing offers students the opportunity to develop their creative writing skills by exploring the full range of literary genres. The minor in Creative Writing requires fulfillment of General Education Requirements in composition and literature along with 15 additional credits including the completion of ENG-203, ENG-303 and nine credit hours among ENG-190 (maximum 3 credits), 200-level literature survey courses (maximum 6 credits from ENG-233, ENG-234, ENG-281, ENG-282), 300-level literature courses (maximum 6 credits), ENG-395 / ENG-396, or ENG-399. The department strongly recommends that students who minor in Creative Writing take advantage of the opportunity to write creatively for the university's literary magazine, Manuscript, published by the Manuscript Society.
ENG-098. Academic Writing
Practice in writing for specific purposes and audiences to develop a coherent voice for engaging in academic and professional discourse; practice in writing with the support of digital technology; study of primary texts, models, and principles of expository and argumentative writing to develop critical reading, writing, and thinking skills; introductory bibliographic instruction and practice in writing that incorporates library research.
ENG-120. Introduction to Literature and Culture
An introduction to literature through critical reading, writing, and discussion of the major forms of literary and cultural expression. Students will explore works in various literary traditions and engage in a deep consideration of the diversity of human experience and identities. Major subtopic areas for the course will include: Reading Classical Traditions; Reading Great Works; Reading Cultural Crossroads; and Reading American Experience. Reading Classical Traditions: A study of major works from the ancient world to the Renaissance, emphasizing the impact these texts have had on our literary tradition and our culture. Reading Great Works: A study of major works since the Renaissance, emphasizing the principal modes of literary expression (poetry, drama, fiction and film). Reading Cultural Crossroads: A study of works emphasizing a variety of cultural values, intercultural relationships, global perspectives, and aesthetic experiences. Reading American Experience: A study of works from American literature, emphasizing the multicultural heritage and nature of American writers and cultures.
ENG-190. Projects in Writing and Editing
Independent projects in writing, editing, publication design and layout, and peer consulting connected to the English program newsletter (ENG 190 A – Inkwell Quarterly), the student literary magazine (ENG 190 B – Manuscript), the University Writing Center (ENG 190 C – Writing Methods), and our annual best essays publication (ENG 190 D - Kirby Canon).
ENG-201. Writing About Literature and Culture
An introduction to conventions, theoretical approaches, research methods, and practice of literary and cultural studies. Application of contemporary critical perspectives and research methodology in reading and writing about literary and cultural texts.
ENG-202. Technical and Professional Writing
Practice in "real world writing." Students write on subjects associated with their major or intended careers. Students learn to perform as self-aware writers who have something to say to someone, to adapt their roles and voices to various audiences, and to marshal and present persuasively data that is relevant to a particular purpose and context.
ENG-203. Introduction to Creative Writing
The analysis and practice of various forms of creative writing including the study of the writer’s tools and choices in creating poetry, short fiction, and dramatic scenes.
ENG-222. Introduction to Digital Humanities
An introduction to the field of Digital Humanities with an emphasis on how digital processes and products impact the development and study of literature, language, and the disciplines of the humanities.
ENG-225. Comparative Grammar
A comparative and critical study of prescriptive, descriptive and transformational-generative grammar.
ENG-228. Professional and Workplace Writing
The study and practice of effective writing techniques related to writing at work for the professional world that focuses on producing polished documents, enhancing research techniques, and fine-tuning oral communication skills.
ENG-233. Survey of English Literature I
A study of the major works and movements in English literature from the Anglo-Saxon period through the eighteenth century.
ENG-234. Survey of English Literature II
A study of the major works and movements in English literature from the Romantic movement to the present.
ENG-281. Survey of American Literature I
A study of writers, works, and movements in the Americas from the 1490s to the Civil War.
ENG-282. Survey of American Literature II
A study of major American writers, works, and movements from the Civil War to the present.
ENG-303. Advanced Workshop in Creative Writing
A seminar experience where students write and critique poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or scripts. Specific genre designated in each course.
ENG-308. Rhetorical Analysis and Nonfictional Prose Writing
The study and practice of strategies for producing responsibly written public information, including persuasive and argumentative propositions for particular audiences.
ENG-311. Technologies of the Book
ENG-324. History of the English Language
A chronological study of the origins of the English language and the systematic changes that have made it the language we speak and write today.
ENG-331. Studies in Medieval English Literature
A study of Medieval literature to 1485, exclusive of Chaucer.
ENG-333. Studies in Renaissance Literature
ENG-334. Studies in Eighteenth-Century Literature
ENG-335. Studies in Romantic Literature
A study of major writers, works, and topics of the British Romantic Period.
ENG-336. Studies in Victorian Literature
A study of major writers, works, and topics of the Victorian Age.
ENG-337. Studies in American Romantic Literature
A study of nineteenth-century American literature, including novels, essays, short fiction, and poetry.
ENG-340. Studies in Chaucer
A study of selected works by Chaucer.
ENG-342. Studies in Shakespeare
A study of selected plays and poems by Shakespeare.
ENG-350. Studies in the English Novel
ENG-351. Studies in Postmodernism
A study of postmodern writers from the 1960s to the present.
ENG-352. Studies in the American Novel
A study of the American novel from its eighteenth-century beginnings to the present.
ENG-353. Studies in Postcolonial Literature
A study of literature emerging from the British empire and its former colonies with an emphasis on major issues within postcolonial studies.
ENG-356. Studies in African American Literature
A study of African American literature from the Antebellum era to the present.
ENG-357. Studies in Gothic Literature
A study of major writers, works, and topics of gothic literature from about 1764 to the present.
ENG-358. Studies in Contemporary Fiction
A study of fiction, including the novel, short story, and novella, written since World War II. Works from English, American, and world literature may be included to reflect the diversity of contemporary literature and the emergence of post-modernist themes and forms.
ENG-361. Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Drama
A study of drama from the tenth century to 1642; reading of plays by medieval and early modern dramatists exclusive of Shakespeare.
ENG-365. Studies in Modern British Drama
A study of major playwrights, works, and topics of modern British drama.
ENG-366. Studies in American Drama
A study of major playwrights, works, and movements in American drama.
ENG-370. Studies in Modern British Poetry
A study of major British poetry of the twentieth century.
ENG-376. Studies in Modern American Poetry
A study of major movements and representative figures in American poetry from about 1900 to 1960.
ENG-391. (ENG-392 Spring) Senior Projects: Capstone
An independent project in the area of the student’s concentration culminating in a formal written and oral presentation. Advised by a member of the English department faculty, the project demonstrates the student’s learning in the major.
ENG-393. The Teaching of English in Middle-Level and Secondary Schools
A study of the theory and practice of teaching composition, literature, and English language studies in the middle and secondary school level (grades 7 through 12). Topics include planning, methodology, presentation, and assessment of lessons. The course includes 40 hours of field experience.
ENG-395. (ENG-396 Spring) Independent Research
Independent study and research for advanced students in the field of the major under the direction of a faculty member. A research paper at a level significantly beyond a term paper is required.
Presentations and discussions of selected topics.
ENG-399. Cooperative Education
Professional cooperative education placement in a private or public organization related to the student’s academic objectives and career goals. In addition to their work experience, students are required to submit weekly reaction papers and an academic project to a Faculty Coordinator in the student’s discipline. (See the Cooperative Education section of this Bulletin for placement procedures.)