The B.F.A. in Creative Writing allows students to focus on their own individual writing and to specialize in a specific genre, while developing competencies in all dimensions of writing.

Creative Writing BFA

It is an excellent avenue for students who intend to pursue a career in the literary fields. There is a significant focus on workshops as well as work in the field. Students go to conferences, attend and present readings, compile manuscripts of original work and participate in professional activities. The BFA is an educationally sound and sustainable option for students, providing an in-depth experience in the practice of the student’s preferred artistic focus.

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Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Major in Creative Writing


ENGL 250 or THEA 220 Introduction to Shakespeare or Survey of Western Theater 3
ENGL 295 Introduction to Literary Criticism 3
PHIL 101 or HUMN 210 Introduction to Philosophy or World Religions 3
Language Two semesters of one foreign language 6
Total 15


ENGL 205 Intro to Creative Writing Workshop 3
ENGL 326 or 327 Early or Contemporary American Literature 3
ENGL 328 or 329 Early or Modern British Literature 3
ENGL Choose 3 courses of any Upper Division Literature 9
ENGL Choose one writing sequence (200, 300, 400) Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, or Scriptwriting 9
ENGL Choose 2 Upper Division Writing Courses 6
ENGL 493 Professional Practices 3
HUMN 493 Senior thesis in One Genre 3
Total 39

*Requirements listed above are based off the 2015-2016 Catalog, for other information check past catalogs or graduation requirements.