Creative Writing, Bachelor of Fine Arts

Requirements


Bachelor of Fine Arts

The Writer’s Workshop offers a major leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree, with concentrations in Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction and Screenwriting

Writer's Workshop Core Requirements
Literature and Theory Core9
CONTEMPORARY WRITERS:IN PERSON IN PRINT
FORM AND THEORY (two times) 1
or
FORM AND THEORY
and INDEPENDENT STUDIES 1
Foreign Language8-10
Select 8-10 hours 2
Lower Level Literature9
Select three (3) 2000-level literature courses from any discipline offering a course in a primary source of literature; WRWS Topics courses (2000) included. Of the 3 courses, at least 1 must be from the following: 3
INTRODUCTION TO BRITISH LITERATURE I
INTRODUCTION TO BRITISH LITERATURE II
AMERICAN LITERATURE I
AMERICAN LITERATURE II
LITERATURE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION: THE ANCIENT WORLD
LITERATURE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION: MIDDLE AGES TO ENLIGHTENMENT
LITERATURE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION: THE MODERN WORLD
Upper Level Literature
ENGL 4340SHAKESPEARE3
Select five (5) additional 3000- or 4000-level literature classes from any language or discipline (in consultation with faculty adviser) offering a course in a primary source of literature. 415
Total Credits44-46
1

 Two semesters of WRWS 4000 required for core.  Students may enroll a third time in WRWS 4000 for literature credit.  Must be different topics each time.  Prerequisites for WRWS 4000 Form and Theory: one Studio in appropriate genre.

2

 Minimum of one academic year of the same college-level foreign language or ASL. High school equivalent of foreign-language fluency is not acceptable for this requirement.

3

 Two WRWS Special Topics courses (2000) may be included, for no more than a total of 2 Special Topics courses in all categories.

4

 Two WRWS Special Topics course (3000) may be included, for no more than a total of 2 Special Topics courses in all categories.

Fiction and Poetry Track Degree Requirements

Writing Core chosen in consultation with advisor18
FUNDAMENTALS OF FICTION WRITING
FUNDAMENTALS OF POETRY WRITING
Select the relevant Basic Studio plus 2 additional Basic Studios
BASIC FICTION STUDIO
BASIC POETRY STUDIO
BASIC CREATIVE NONFICTION STUDIO
BASIC SCREENWRITING AND TELEVISION WRITING STUDIO
Concentration Area
Select either the Fiction Studio sequence or the Poetry Studio sequence12
Sequence 1:
FICTION STUDIO
FICTION STUDIO-ADVANCED
FICTION STUDIO- ADVANCED
Sequence 2:
POETRY STUDIO
POETRY STUDIO
POETRY STUDIO
Total Credits30

Creative Nonfiction Track

Writing Core
Select one of the following three course groups:11
Group A:
FUNDAMENTALS OF FICTION WRITING
BASIC FICTION STUDIO
BASIC CREATIVE NONFICTION STUDIO
Group B:
FUNDAMENTALS OF POETRY WRITING
BASIC POETRY STUDIO
BASIC CREATIVE NONFICTION STUDIO
Group C:
FUNDAMENTALS OF FICTION WRITING
FUNDAMENTALS OF POETRY WRITING
BASIC SCREENWRITING AND TELEVISION WRITING STUDIO
BASIC CREATIVE NONFICTION STUDIO
Concentration Area
WRWS 3300CREATIVE NONFICTION STUDIO4
WRWS 4300ADVANCED CREATIVE NONFICTION STUDIO4
WRWS 4310CREATIVE NONFICTION STUDIO4
Select three of the following:9
MAGAZINE ARTICLE WRITING
PR AND ADVERTISING DESIGN
LITERARY JOURNALISM
STRATEGIC WRITING FOR PUBLIC RELATIONS AND ADVERTISING
AUTOBIOGRAPHY
MODERN FAMILIAR ESSAY
Total Credits32

Screenwriting Track

Writing Core
Select one of the following three course groups:11
Group A:
FUNDAMENTALS OF FICTION WRITING
BASIC FICTION STUDIO
BASIC SCREENWRITING AND TELEVISION WRITING STUDIO
Group B:
FUNDAMENTALS OF POETRY WRITING
BASIC POETRY STUDIO
BASIC SCREENWRITING AND TELEVISION WRITING STUDIO
Group C:
FUNDAMENTALS OF FICTION WRITING
FUNDAMENTALS OF POETRY WRITING
BASIC CREATIVE NONFICTION STUDIO
BASIC SCREENWRITING AND TELEVISION WRITING STUDIO
Concentration Area
WRWS 3600INTERMEDIATE SCREENWRITING STUDIO4
WRWS 4600ADVANCED SCREENWRITING STUDIO4
WRWS 4610ADVANCED SCREENWRITING STUDIO4
Select three from the following:9
SELECTED TOPICS IN WRITING
ADVANCED PROJECTS IN THEATRE (Visual Storytelling)
ADVANCED PROJECTS IN THEATRE (Films of Alfred Hitchcock)
VIDEO FIELD AND STUDIO PRODUCTION
FILM THEORY AND CRITICISM
DIGITAL LITERACIES FOR TECHNICAL COMMUNICATORS
POLITICS AND FILM
Appropriate 3000- or 4000-level course may be selected from other departments, with approval of WRWS advisor.
Total Credits32

A Creative Writing Minor 

May be obtained by successful completion of 21-25 credits of course work: our core + 6 hours of upper-division literature courses.