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B.A. IN ENGLISH WITH A CONCENTRATION IN CREATIVE WRITING  


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.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in English

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the  Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in English.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the English major is met by completing one of the following: English 360, 362, 364, 368, 413, or 499. These courses are referenced in item 3. below.
  2. The requirements of the College of Arts and Letters for the Bachelor of Arts degree.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
                   
    a. The following courses (36 to 40 credits):  
      (1) Both of the following course (6 credits):  
        ENG 210 Foundations of Literary Study I 3
        ENG 280 Foundations of Literary Study II 3
      (2) One of the following literary history courses (4 credits):  
        ENG 320A Methodologies of Literary History: Genre 4
        ENG 320B Methodologies of Literary History: Region, School, or Movement 4
        ENG 320C Methodologies of Literary History: Canon Formation 4
      (3) One of the following courses on diversity in literature or film (3 credits):  
        ENG 317 Readings in African and Caribbean Literatures 3
        ENG 350 Readings in African, African American, or African Diaspora Literature 3
        ENG 351 Readings in Chicano and Latino Literatures 3
        ENG 352 Readings in Asian or Asian American Literature 3
        ENG 353 Readings in Women Writers 3
        ENG 354 Readings in Native American Literature 3
        ENG 355 Readings in Sexuality and Literature 3
        ENG 356 Readings in Jewish Literature 3
        ENG 360 Studies in Postcolonial and Diaspora Literature (W) 3
        ENG 448 Seminar in Gender and Literature 3
        ENG 449 Seminar in Race, Ethnicity, Literature 3
        ENG 450 Seminar in African American Literature 3
        ENG 460 Seminar in Global and Postcolonial Literature 3
        ENG 466 Seminar in Literatures of the Pacific Rim 3
        ENG 482 Seminar in Feminist Literary and Cultural Theory 3
        FLM 450 Studies in Ethnic Film 3
        FLM 451 Studies in Postcolonial Cinema 3
        FLM 452 Studies in Film, Gender, and Sexuality 3
        If English 360, 450 or 460 is used to fulfill this requirement it may not be used to fulfill requirement 3. a. (5) below.  
      (4) One of the following courses in literature before 1800 (3 credits):  
        ENG 318 Readings in Shakespeare 3
        ENG 324 Readings in Epic 3
        ENG 368 Studies in Medieval/Early Modern Literature (W) 3
        ENG 441 Seminar in Early American Literature 3
        ENG 454 Seminar in Medieval Literature and Culture 3
        ENG 455 Seminar in Early Modern Literature 3
        ENG 457 Seminar in 18th Century British Literature 3
      (5) One of the following courses in literature after 1800 (3 or 4 credits):  
        ENG 360 Studies in Postcolonial and Diaspora Literature (W) 3
        ENG 362 Studies in Modern/Contemporary Literature (W) 3
        ENG 443 Seminar in 19th Century American Literature 3
        ENG 445 Seminar in 20th and 21st Century American Literature 3
        ENG 450 Seminar in African American Literature 3
        ENG 452 Seminar in 20th and 21st Century British Literature 3
        ENG 458 Seminar in 19th-Century British Literature 3
        ENG 460 Seminar in Global and Postcolonial Literature 3
        PHL 474 Aesthetic Theory and Modernism 4
        If English 360, 450 or 460 is used to fulfill this requirement it may not be used to fulfill requirement 3. a. (3) above.  
      (6) One of the following courses in genre (3 or 4 credits):  
        ENG 223 Introduction to Creative Non-Fiction Writing 3
        ENG 227 Introduction to Playwriting 3
        ENG 228 Introduction to Fiction Writing 3
        ENG 229 Introduction to Poetry Writing 3
        ENG 318 Readings in Shakespeare 3
        ENG 323 Readings in Non-Fiction 3
        ENG 324 Readings in Epic 3
        ENG 325 Readings in Graphic Narrative 3
        ENG 326 Readings in Drama and Performance Studies 3
        ENG 328 Readings in Novel and Narrative 3
        ENG 329 Readings in Poetry and Poetics 3
        ENG 342 Readings in Popular Literary Genres 3
        ENG 422 Seminar in Genre and Form 3
        ENG 423 Advanced Creative Non-Fiction Writing 3
        ENG 426 Seminar in Drama or Performance Studies 3
        ENG 428 Advanced Fiction Writing 3
        ENG 429 Advanced Poetry Writing 3
        FLM 230 Introduction to Film 4
        FLM 334 Introduction to Screenwriting (W) 3
        FLM 355 Studies in Film Genres 3
        FLM 434 Advanced Screenwriting (W) 3
        FLM 455 Experimental Film and Media 3
      (7) One of the following capstone course requirements (4 credits):  
        ENG 484B Critical Questions in Region, School, Movement 4
        ENG 484C Critical Questions in a Literary Period 4
        ENG 484D Critical Questions ina National Literature 4
        ENG 489H Senior Honors Independent Project 4
        ENG 493 English Internship 4
        ENG 499 Senior Thesis Research (W) 4
        With the prior approval of the Department of English, English 400 in conjunction with any one course from English 422, 426, 440, 441, 443, 445, 448, 449, 450, 452, 454, 455, 457, 458, 460, 462, 469, 473A, 473B, 474, 478A, 478B, 480, 481, or 482 may be used to satisfy this requirement.  
      (8) English electives: Additional credits in English courses as needed to meet the requirement of at least 36, but not more than 40, credits in courses in the major, including no more than 4 credits in a 100-level English course.

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.

                   
1. The following foundational courses (5 credits):  
  ENG 320D Methodologies of Literary History: History and Theory of Creative Writing 4
  ENG 200 Creative Writing Community 1
  ENG 320D replaces the literary history requirement in item 3. a. (2) above.  
2. Two of the following introductory courses (6 credits):  
  ENG 223 Introduction to Creative Non-Fiction Writing 3
  ENG 226 Introduction to Creative Writing 3
  ENG 227 Introduction to Playwriting 3
  ENG 228 Introduction to Fiction Writing 3
  ENG 229 Introduction to Poetry Writing 3
  FLM 334 Introduction to Screenwriting (W) 3
  One of these courses may be used to satisfy the requirement referenced in item 3. a. (6) above, as well as the requirements for the creative writing concentration.  
3. Two of the following advanced courses (6 credits):  
  ENG 423 Advanced Creative Non-Fiction Writing 3
  ENG 428 Advanced Fiction Writing 3
  ENG  429 Advanced Poetry Writing 3
  FLM 434 Advanced Screenwriting (W) 3
4. One creative writing elective, drawn from either 3. a. (3) or 3. a. (4) above, or one of the following complementary courses
(3 credits):
 
  ENG 323 Readings in Nonfiction 3
  ENG 325 Readings in Graphic Narrative 3
  ENG 326 Readings in Drama and Performance 3
  ENG 328 Readings in Novel and Narrative 3
  ENG 329 Readings in Poetry and Poetics 3
  ENG 342 Readings in Popular Literary Genres 3
  ENG 392 Special Topics in English: Creative Writing 3
  ENG 475 History of the Book: From Manuscripts to Comics 3
  FLM 337 Topics in Film Form 3
  FLM 355 Studies in Film Genres 3
  RCAH  291 Arts Workshop 3
  TE  458 Reading, Writing, and Teaching Poetry 3
  WRA 320 Technical Communication (W) 3
  WRA  341 Nature and Environmental Writing 3
  WRA  355 Writing for Publication Workshop 3
  WRA  370 Introduction to Grammar and Editing (W) 3
  WRA  453 Grant and Proposal Writing 3
  WRA  471 The Rhetoric of Grammar 3
  WRA 481 Publication Management II 3
5. One creative writing focused capstone course from among the following (4 credits):  
  ENG 489H Senior Honors Independent Project 4
  ENG  493 English Internship 4
  ENG  499 Senior Thesis Research (W) 4
  With the prior approval of the Department of English, English 400 in conjunction with any one course from English 423, 428, or 429 may be used to satisfy this requirement.  
  This capstone requirement replaces the capstone requirement in item 3. a. (7) above.

 

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