English Major with Creative Writing Concentration

For students who entered UM in Fall 2012 or later

Requirements

1. Students who declare a major in English with a Creative Writing Concentration should meet with the Director of Creative Writing.

2. Completion of one of the following workshop tracks:
Fiction Track
  ENG 290 3 credits
  ENG 390 3 credits
  ENG 404 (to be taken twice) OR
ENG 404 (taken once) plus ENG 408
6 credits
Poetry Track
  ENG 292 3 credits
  ENG 392 3 credits
  ENG 406 (to be taken twice) OR
ENG 406 (taken once) plus ENG 408
6 credits
3. One (1) of the following courses:
  ENG 201, ENG 202, ENG 205, ENG 211, ENG 212, ENG 213, ENG 214, ENG 215, ENG 260, ENG 261 (N.B., ENG 210 may not be used toward the fulfillment of this requirement.) 3 credits
4. Four (4) more literature courses numbered 300 or higher, at least two of which must cover literature earlier than 1900. Two of the four courses must be 400-level. 12 credits
5. One more literature course numbered 200 or higher. 3 credits
 
TOTAL CREDITS: 30 credits

 Workshops must be taken one at a time and in sequence.

 

Departmental Honors in Creative Writing

To enter the program a student must have achieved by the end of the junior year a 3.5 average in English courses (including courses in creative writing) and a 3.3 average overall. In addition to meeting the requirements for the Creative Writing Concentration, the candidate for Departmental Honors must:

  1. Take at least three literature courses at the 400-level or higher in fulfilling requirement 4 of the Creative Writing Concentration.
  2. Complete a six-credit Senior Creative Writing Project. The student undertaking this project normally registers for ENG 497, Special Topics/ Independent Study, for the first semester of the project, and ENG 499, Senior Creative Writing Project, for the second semester. The student must receive a grade of B or higher in both courses in order to qualify for honors.6 credits
  3. Receive for the project a recommendation for honors by the director of the Senior Creative Writing Project and by one other faculty reader designated by the Director of Creative Writing.
  4. Achieve an average in the major of at least 3.5, and an overall average of at least 3.3. Total: 36 credits

 


English Minor with a Creative Writing Concentration

(New requirements, for students who enter UM in Fall 2016 or later.  All other students may choose to follow these requirements for the Creative Writing minor, or they may follow the old requirements listed below.)

Students may declare the minor in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing through their school or college. Submitting materials to the Creative Writing Program is not required for the minor. The student completes, with a grade of C- or better in each course and with an overall GPA in the minor of at least 2.0, 15 credits at the 200-level or above beyond the credits earned for freshman composition.

The 15 credits must be distributed as follows:

1. Introduction to Creative Writing, ENG 209;

2. Two additional creative writing courses, to be taken after ENG 209 and chosen from one of the following three tracks:

    • ENG 290, followed by ENG 390 (fiction track)
    • ENG 292, followed by ENG 392 (poetry track)
    • ENG 290 and ENG 292, taken in either order (mixed-genre track)

3. One literature course at the 200-level;

4. One literature course at the 300-level or above.

 

ENGLISH MINOR IN CREATIVE WRITING (Old requirements, for students who entered UM before Fall 2016. These students may also choose to follow the new requirements for the Creative Writing minor listed above.)

Students may declare the minor in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing through their school or college. Submitting materials to the Creative Writing Program is not required for the minor. The student completes, with a grade of C- or better in each course and with an overall GPA in the minor of at least 2.0, 15 credits at the 200-level or above beyond the credits earned for freshman composition.

The 15 credits must be distributed as follows:

  1. Introduction to Creative Writing ENG 209;
  2. One literature course at the 200-level, excluding ENG 210;
  3. Beginning Cross-Genre Workshop for non-majors, ENG 219;
  4. Intermediate Cross-Genre Workshop for non-majors, ENG 391;
  5. One literature course at the 300-level or above.