BFA in Creative Writing Advising Sheet

BFA in Creative Writing

Students must fulfill all requirements for bachelor’s degrees, including university general education requirements. Students pursuing a BFA in Creative Writing must complete additional college requirements for the BA degree in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Students pursuing this degree must complete 45 credits (14 courses) in English excluding ENGH 302, with a minimum GPA of 2.00.

Students will complete 21 credits of BFA core requirements, 12 credits from one of 3 concentrations, and 12 credits in English department requirements.

300-level courses in English and linguistics teach the foundational principles for a field of study, include courses of broad scope, and provide an introduction to a genre, literary period, or methodology.

400-level courses in English and linguistics provide an in-depth approach to a field of study, a single genre, literary period, or methodology. They include special topics classes and English honors classes. Some 400-level courses require ENGH 305 as a prerequisite.

Students should consult with an English department advisor to learn ways in which the university-wide general education requirements can also satisfy college-level requirements for the BFA.

At the discretion of the Department, transfer students may substitute transferred lower level creative writing classes for some BFA requirements.

BFA Core Requirements (21 credits)

Four required courses for major (15 credits)

Two required workshop courses (6 credits) chosen from:

The workshops are in the two areas outside of the chosen concentration. The remaining workshop is included as part of the concentration requirements.

Concentrations (12 credits)

Students must complete one of the following 12 credit concentrations.

Concentration in Fiction (FIC)

Concentration in Nonfiction (NFIC)

Concentration in Poetry (POE)



English Department Requirements (12 credits)

 Students take one course from each group below.

One course (3 credits) in literature before 1800 chosen from:


One course (3 credits) in literature before 1915 chosen from:


One course (3 credits) in minority, folkloric, or popular literary and cultural traditions chosen from:


One course (3 credits) in writing or literature electives

 Students choose one course from any of the following groups.

Additional writing courses

Or courses in contemporary literature

Or courses in writing for other arts

Total: 45 credits