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Classes

Writing majors must choose a concentration in at least one of the three program tracks—fiction, poetry, or nonfiction—but, in most cases, will take other writing courses as well. This concentration consists of at least 5 or 6 courses: a 0500-level course, several 1000-level courses, and a Senior Seminar or Internship. A listing of specific requirements in each of the tracks follows.

Note: Even though a specific track may require only 5 or 6 writing courses, every Writing MAJOR must earn 21 credits in writing (7 courses).

First Course: Writing 0400, Introduction to Creative Writing

This course is optional and may be taken during the second year by students who have recently declared a major in writing and who are seriously considering writing as a major, or are taking their first 0500-level course. It may not be taken after W0520 or W0530 has been completed.

Fiction Track

Writing majors concentrating in fiction must take: L0325 Short Story in Context; W0520; W1010; W1020; W1094; and W1710. A topics course is also strongly recommended.

The following is a listing of all courses offered in the Fiction track:

Course # Title Prerequisite
0520 Introduction to Fiction Writing  
1010 Intermediate Fiction W 0520
1020 Advanced Fiction W 1010
1090 Mastering Point of View W 1010
1091 Autobiography and the Creative Impulse W 1010
1092 Writer's Journal W 1010
1093 Development of a Writer W 1010
1094 Readings in Contemporary Fiction W 1010
1095 Topics in Fiction Writing W 1010
1710 Senior Seminar in Fiction 1010 and 1020

Core Literature Requirements for Fiction and Poetry Majors (Choose one from the following list):

Course # Title
0500 Introduction to Critical Reading
1100 Medieval Imagination
1125 Renaissance in England
1150 Enlightenment to Revolution
1175 19th Century British Literature
1200 American Literature to 1860
1220 Emergence of Modern America
1325 The Modernist Tradition
1380 World Literature in English

Literature Electives for Fiction and Poetry Majors (Choose two literature electives from the following list):

Course # Title
0500 Introduction to Critical Reading
0505 Lectures in Literature
0560 Children and Culture
0562 Childhood's Books
0570 American Literary Traditions
0573 Literature of the Americas
0580 Introduction to Shakespeare
0590 Formative Masterpieces
0597 Literature and Race
0616 Literature and Migration
0625 Detective Fiction
0626 Science Fiction
0627 Literature of Sports
0628 Working Class Literature
0629 The Wild West
0630 Sexuality and Representation
0635 New Literature
0636 Gothic Imagination
0640 Allegory
0641 Tragedy
0642 Comedy
0643 Satire
0644 Myth and Folktale
0645 Fantasy and Romance
0655 Representing Adolescence
1020 History of Literary Criticism
1023 Contemporary Critical Theory
1028 Literature and Psychoanalysis
1100 Medieval Imagination
1105 Middle English Literature
1115 Chaucer
1125 Renaissance in England
1126 Advanced Shakespeare
1127 Shakespeare on Film
1128 Women in Shakespeare
1132 Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama
1135 Early Modern Literature in English
1150 Enlightenment to Revolution
1170 The Romantic Period
1175 19th Century British Literature
1180 Victorian Literature
1181 Victorian Novel
1200 American Literature to 1860
1210 American Renaissance
1220 Emergence of Modern America
1250 20th Century American Literature
1255 American Theatre
1272 Roaring 20s
1280 Contemporary American Women Writers
1325 Modernist Tradition
1360 Topics in 20th Century Literature
1370 Makers of Modern Drama
1372 Contemporary Drama
1380 World of Literature in English
1551 Introduction to the English Language
1587 Utopian Literature
1607 Advanced Short Story
1645 Critical Approaches to Children's Literature
1704 Women Novelists
1738 Irish Literature
1772 Adoption Literature

Chinese and Western Poetry, Irish Literature, Africana Literature, and Literature classes listed for the nonfiction and Journalism tracks are acceptable as well.

Poetry Track

Writing majors concentrating in poetry must take Lit 0315 Reading Poetry; W 0530, W 1210, W 1290, W 1510, and W 1730.

The following is a listing of all courses offered in the Poetry Track:

Course # Title Prerequisites
0530 Introduction to Poetry Writing  
1210 Poetry Workshop W 0530
1290 Readings in Contemporary Poetry W 1210
1291 Underground and Avant-Garde Poetry W 1210
1292 Contemporary Poetry in Translation W 1210
1293 Topics in Poetry W 1210
1510 Advanced Poetry W 1210
1730 Senior Seminar in Poetry W 1210 and W 1510

Core Literature Requirements for Fiction and Poetry Majors (choose one from the following list):

Course # Title
0500 Introduction to Critical Reading
0505 Lectures in Literature
1100 Medieval Imagination
1125 Renaissance in England
1150 Enlightenment to Revolution
1175 19th Century British Literature
1200 American Literature to 1860
1220 Emergence of Modern America
1325 The Modernist Tradition
1380 World Literature in English

Poetry Majors (choose two literature electives from the following list):

Course # Title
0500 Introduction to Critical Reading
0505 Lectures in Literature
0560 Children and Culture
0562 Childhood's Books
0570 American Literary Traditions
0573 Literature of the Americas
0580 Introduction to Shakespeare
0590 Formative Masterpieces
0597 Bible as Literature
0610 Women and Literature
0615 Literature and Race
0616 Literature and Migration
0625 Detective Fiction
0626 Science Fiction
0627 Literature of Sports
0628 Working Class Literature
0629 The Wild West
0630 Sexuality and Representation
0635 New Literature
0636 Gothic Imagination
0640 Allegory
0641 Tragedy
0642 Comedy
0643 Satire
0644 Myth and Folktale
0645 Fantasy and Romance
0655 Representing Adolescence
1020 History of Literary Criticism
1023 Contemporary Critical Theory
1028 Literature and Psychoanalysis
1100 Medieval Imagination
1105 Middle English Literature
1115 Chaucer
1125 Renaissance in England
1126 Advanced Shakespeare
1127 Shakespeare on Film
1128 Women in Shakespeare
1132 Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama
1135 Early Modern Literature in English
1150 Enlightenment to Revolution
1170 The Romantic Period
1175 19th Century British Literature
1180 Victorian Literature
1181 Victorian Novel
1200 American Literature to 1860
1210 American Renaissance
1220 Emergence of Modern America
1250 20th Century American Literature
1255 American Theatre
1272 Roaring 20s
1280 Contemporary American Women Writers
1325 Modernist Tradition
1360 Topics in 20th Century Literature
1370 Makers of Modern Drama
1372 Contemporary Drama
1380 World of Literature in English
1551 Introduction to the English Language
1587 Utopian Literature
1607 Advanced Short Story
1645 Critical Approaches to Children's Literature
1704 Women Novelists
1738 Irish Literature
1772 Adoption Literature

Chinese and Western Poetry, Irish Literature, Africana Literature, and literature classes listed for the Nonfiction and Journalism tracks are acceptable as well.

Nonfiction Track

Writing majors concentrating in nonfiction writing must take: L0321/0399; W 0610; W 1330; W 1340; W 1390 a topics course (see list below); and W1750. A list of all courses offered in the Nonfiction Track follows:

Course # Title Prerequisites
0610 Introduction to Nonfiction (0550 Introduction to Journalism can be substituted)  
1330 Nonfiction 1 W 0550
1340 Nonfiction 2 W 1330
1390 Readings in Contemporary Nonfiction W 1330
1750 Senior Seminar in Nonfiction W 1340

Nonfiction majors concentrating on news writing must take W 0550, W 1310; W 1320; W 1760; a topics course (see list below); and W 1900. A list of courses offered in the concentration in news writing follows.

Topics in Nonfiction

Note: Topics courses have a minimum prerequisite of W 1310 or 1330. Some may have additional prerequisites.

Course # Title
ENGWRT 1391 Writing the Review
1392 Documentary Film Writing
1393 Sports Writing
1394 Science Writing
1398 Corporate Speech Writing
1399 Topics in Nonfiction: Newspaper
1401 Topics in Nonfiction: Magazine
1403 Topics in Nonfiction: The Electronic Media
1405 Broadcast Writing
ENGCMP 1101 Language of Science and Technology
1103 Public Relations Writing
1104 Creative Corporate Writing
1200 Topics in Composition
1250 Advanced Topics in Composition
1400 Grant and Proposal Writing
1410 Advanced Research/Documentary Writing

Core Literature Requirements for Nonfiction majors

Courses in Literature Before 1800 (6 credits required)

Course # Title
0500 Introduction to Critical Reading
1100 Medieval Imagination
1125 Renaissance in England
1150 Enlightenment to Revolution
1175 19th Century British Literature
1200 American Literature to 1860
1220 Emergence of Modern America
1325 The Modernist Tradition
1380 World Literature in English

Note: Additional courses may be added to these lists on a term-by-term basis. Consult the Department Advisers—Mark Kemp (4-6656), Lori Campbell (4-6559) or Jeff Aziz (4-6559) in room 501C CL, about such additions and other questions you may have about the writing major.

Revised 07/10/2014
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