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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.
•ENG 210 - Foundations of Literary Study I
•ENG 280 - Foundations of Literary Study II
•ENG 320A, B, or C - Methods of Literary History
•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: ENG 223, 228, 229, 327, 334
•Choose a capstone option: ENG 484A, B, C, or D; Creative Thesis 489H or 499; Publishing Internship 493; ENG 400+approved ENG 400-level course
•Two more Introductory-level Creative Writing courses beyond the genre course chosen, above
•Two Advanced Creative Writing courses (together these fulfill University’s tier II writing requirement)