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2018-2019 General Catalog 
  
2018-2019 General Catalog

English: Creative Writing Emphasis - BA, BS


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  • For more information about English, Creative Writing Emphasis, please see the English Department website.
  • Following is a sample four-year plan. Please note that student-specific plans may differ.
  • Admitted students must meet with an academic advisor Current students should also meet with an academic advisor and logon to DegreeWorks  to check student-specific program progress.

 

Minimum University Requirements

Total Credits 120

 

Grade Point Average (most majors require higher GPA)

2.00 GPA
Credits of C- or better 100 Credits of upper-division courses (#3000 or above) 40
Total USU Credits 30 Upper-division USU Credits 20
USU Credits within the Major 10 Credits in Minor (if required) 12
Credits in Major see below Credits in American Institutions 3
General Education Requirements   see link University Studies Depth Requirements   see link
NOTES: highest Math Requirement for this degree is Quantitative Literacy  of the student's choice

 

Admissions Requirements for this Program

New freshmen Admitted to USU in Good Standing

 

Transfer students from other institutions or other programs at USU 2.5 GPA

First Year

 Fall Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

 

Spring Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

ENGL 1010: Introduction to Writing: Academic Prose (CL1)   3     ENGL 2600: Literary Analysis   3    

* Any Quantitative Literacy (QL)   course, but STAT 1040 or 1045 are recommended.
 
3

 

ENGL Core Cultural Exploration Course 3  
Breadth Requirement 3   Breadth Requirement 3  
Breadth Requirement 3   Breadth Requirement 3  
Elective Course 3   Elective Course 3  
TOTAL CREDITS: 15   TOTAL CREDITS: 15  

Comments

 

Comments

Second Year

 Fall Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

 

Spring Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

ENGL 2010: Intermediate Writing: Research Writing in a Persuasive Mode (CL2)   3     ENGL 3440: Creative Nonfiction Writing   3    
ENGL 3430: Poetry Writing   3     ENGL Literary History Course 3  
Breadth Requirement 3   Breadth Requirement 3  
Breadth Requirement 3   Depth Social Sciences (DSS)   3  
Elective Course 3   Elective Course 3  
TOTAL CREDITS: 15   TOTAL CREDITS: 15  

Comments

 

Comments

 

Third Year

 Fall Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

 

Spring Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

ENGL 3420: Fiction Writing   3    

ENGL 4420: Advanced Fiction Writing (CI)  or ENGL 4430: Advanced Poetry Writing (CI)  or ENGL 4440: Advanced Nonfiction Writing (CI)  

3  or 3  or 3  

 
ENGL Literary History Course 3   ENGL Authors/Genre Literature and Culture Course 3  
Quantitative Intensive (QI)   3   Elective Course 3  
ENGL Upper Division Elective Course * 3   Elective Course 3  
Elective Course 3   Elective Course 3  
TOTAL CREDITS: 15   TOTAL CREDITS: 15  

Comments

* English Upper Division Elective must have course number of 3305 or higher

Comments

 

Fourth Year

 Fall Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

 

Spring Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

ENGL 4420: Advanced Fiction Writing (CI)  or ENGL 4430: Advanced Poetry Writing (CI)  or ENGL 4440: Advanced Nonfiction Writing (CI)  

3  or 3  or 3 

 
 

ENGL 4420: Advanced Fiction Writing (CI)  or ENGL 4430: Advanced Poetry Writing (CI)  or ENGL 4440: Advanced Nonfiction Writing (CI)  

3  or 3  or 3 

 
 
ENGL Authors/Genre Literature and Culture Course 3   ENGL 5450: Special Topics in Creative Writing   3    
Depth Life and Physical Sciences (DSC)   3   Elective Course 3  
Elective Course 3   Elective Course 3  
Elective Course 3   Elective Course 3  
TOTAL CREDITS: 15   TOTAL CREDITS: 15  

Comments

 

Comments

* English Upper Division Elective must have course number of 3305 or higher

Credits in Residence


Students must complete 21 credits of major-applicable coursework at Utah State University.

Course Requirements


Core/Explore Requirements (9 credits)

Students must complete 9 credits of exploration courses. Students must choose one course from each section: culture, literature, and writing. 

Students should complete the exploratory requirements as early as possible.

Creative Writing Emphasis


Minimum GPA for Admission: 2.5 within all English courses (other than ENGL 1010ENGL 2010, CLEP, AP, etc.); 2.5 USU cumulative (including courses taken for another USU major); 2.5 career total (including transfer credits) for new transfer students

Minimum GPA for Graduation: 2.5 within major courses; 2.0 USU cumulative; 2.0 career total

Minimum Grade Accepted: C within major courses (no grades of pass/fail). B- or better in ENGL 3420ENGL 3430 and ENGL 3440.

Number of required credits: 42

This emphasis is devoted to the art of literary writing: fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and drama. Through practice in specific genres and a comprehensive study of literature, students learn the craft of literary writing as discovered and practiced over the last three thousand years of written human culture. The emphasis prepares undergraduates for graduate work in creative writing and develops critical, cognitive, and writing skills applicable in numerous professional fields.

Since creative writers must have a broad knowledge of literature, students first complete two of the 3000-level literature history courses that provide an overview of major periods, authors, and genres in American, British and World literature. They also take ENGL 2600 - Literary Analysis, which introduces methodologies of literary criticism.

Also at the 3000-level, students begin their work as creative writers, taking three introductory writing courses in three genres: fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. 

At the 4000 and 5000-level, students concentrate their training as creative writers, taking three courses in advanced fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction writing, which can be repeated, as well as the Special Topics in Creative Writing course. They also take two courses focused on the study of a single author, a course in the study of one's chosen genre or a course in Literature and Culture.

Creative Writing Residency Requirements

As part of the 21 credits completed at Utah State University to meet department residency requirements, Creative Writing students must complete two of the three advanced Creative Writing courses at Utah State University.

A. Exploratory Requirements (9 credits)


  • Literature (3 credits)
  • Culture (3 credits)
  • Writing (3 credits)

C. Creative Writing Courses (18 credits or 21 credits)


Distribution


If you have taken a Creative Writing course to fulfill your Exploratory Writing requirement, then select the two remaining writing courses. You will also take an English Elective course (see below).

Select three of the following courses (note that some are repeatable, and can be taken more than once to meet requirement)

D. Literature Courses (6 credits)


Select two of the following courses:

E. English Electives (3 credits)


  • Distribution- If you have taken a Creative Writing course to fulfill your Exploratory Writing Requirement, then select one English Elective course numbered 3305 or higher (includes courses in creative writing, professional and technical writing, literature, linguistics, folklore, and American studies) 3

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