Pathway Through the BFA

This is a guide to get you started on your path to a BFA. Detailed requirements including course lists, descriptions, and other information can be found at www.english.gmu.edu.

Keep in mind that the BFA in Creative Writing major

  • requires at least 45 credits in total
  • acceptance into the BFA is competitive
  • university admission does not guarantee admission into the BFA program (students cannot enter Mason declaring the BFA as their major)
  • lower-Level creative writing transfer courses may be approved for foundational BFA requirements

Foundational Courses (12 credits)

ENGH 301 - The Fields of English
ENGH 305 - Dimensions of Writing & Literature (Writing Intensive)
ENGH 377 - Digital Creative Writing
ENGH 396 - Intro to Creative Writing

Workshops (9 credits)

ENGH 397 - Poetry Writing
ENGH 398 - Fiction Writing
ENGH 399 - Creative Nonfiction Writing

Concentration Requirements (9 credits)

Fiction
ENGH 392 - Forms of Fiction
ENGH 355 - Recent American Fiction
ENGH 492 - Advanced Fiction Writing Workshop

Nonfiction
ENGH 393 - Forms of Nonfiction
ENGH 456 - Topics in Literary Nonfiction
ENGH 493 - Advanced Workshop in Nonfiction

Poetry
ENGH 391 - Forms of Poetry
ENGH 356 - Recent American Poetry
ENGH 494 - Advanced Poetry Writing Workshop

Core Courses (12 credits)

Complete one course from each of the following categories:

Literature Before 1800
Satisfied by: ENGH 320,321,322,323,324,325,330,331,332,333,340,421,422,424,428

Literature Before 1915
Satisfied by: courses listed above, as well as ENGH 334, 335, 336, 341, 343, 348, 349, 360, 361

Minority, Folkloric, or Popular Literature
Satisfied by: ENGH 310,315,319,348,349,350,351,352,362,366,367.412, 414,415,416, 417,419,451,452,484

Writing or Literature Electives
There are many options available to fulfill this requirement. Please consult the website for a full list.

Capstone and Thesis (3 credits)

ENGH 495 Capstone allows students to synthesize what they have learned during their work in the BFA program, provides guidance in research methods that will benefit them as they complete the thesis and plan their futures, and provides workshop opportunities while they make final revisions to the manuscripts developed in the course of their degree work. In short, this course will deepen your understanding of craft, increase your level of production, expand your ability to read like a writer, refine portfolio pieces, and explore matters related to professional development.

Want to know more? Questions can be directed to Laura Scott, Undergraduate Advisor, at lscott@gmu.edu.