The creative writing concentration at MSU offers students a program that blends foundational work in literary studies, exploration of creative writing in multiple genres, and a focused capstone experience. Students graduate with a B.A. in English, but their diplomas note their dedicated commitment to creative writing. Beginning with the same foundation as other English majors, students also work at the introductory and advanced level in at least two different genres of creative writing. Many then choose to write a senior thesis in a single genre, creating in the last year of study a collection of poems or stories, a novel, or a finished screenplay; students might also pursue internships in writing and editing. Our program provides many co-curricular events and opportunities, including a reading series, writing workshops, brown bag lunch conversations with faculty and visiting writers. The Michigan State University English Department is also home to Red Cedar Review, one of the oldest student-managed literary journals in the United States.
•Choose one diversity literature course: ENG 350-356, 360, 405, 431A, B, C; 448-450, 460, 466, 482
•Choose one pre-1800 course: ENG 318, 324, 368, 441, 454, 455, 457
•Choose one post-1800 course: ENG 340, 360, 362, 443, 445, 450, 452, 458, 460, 474
•Choose one genre-based course, an introductory Creative Writing workshop: ENG 223, 228, 229, FLM 334
•Choose a capstone option: Eng 484A, B, C, or D; 489H or 499; 493; 400 + approved course
University Tier II Writing is fulfilled by one of the 360s listed above, or via advanced CW coursework
Creative Writing Concentration
The creative writing concentration is available to students who are enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in English except those students seeking teacher certification. Students interested in the concentration should consult with their advisor. Students who elect this concentration must complete the following courses, all of which will count toward the 36 to 40 credits in the Bachelor of Arts in English degree. The concentration will be noted on the student's transcript.
Two Introductory Creative Writing Courses:
Two of the following advanced courses:
One creative writing elective, typically an additional introductory creative writing workshop or complementary, literature-based or technical writing course (see Academic Programs Catalog for options)
One creative writing focused capstone course from among the following: