Creative Writing

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Creative Writing Major

The Creative Writing track centers around a writing workshop model. This model includes studies in creative writing, humanities, British and American literature, genre, and language. Students learn logical analysis of prose and non-prose works, grammar usage, and build their skills to enhance their own writing and analytical thinking.

Our professors have published award-winning pieces and appear in national literary journals. Our small class-sizes allow for personal attention.

The creative writing major works best when paired with other studies that help our students prepare for the job markets of the 21st Century. In addition to pursuing their own creative writing, a student with this degree could go on to a career that involves editing, media and design, professional writing, teaching, or could pursue graduate work in the humanities.

Degree Requirements

In addition to completing the General Education and other university requirements, Creative Writing majors complete 45 credits within English as listed below. For more detail, see the ISU Undergraduate Catalog.

These links take you to the general education section of the undergraduate catalog and then the English and Philosophy section of the ISU undergraduate catalog respectively.

Download the English – Creative Writing Option Requirement Worksheet

These courses are required:

  • ENGL 2206 – Creative Writing Workshop (3)
  • ENGL 2211 – Introduction to Literary Analysis (3)
  • ENGL 2280 – Grammar and Usage (3) OR ENGL 2281 – Introduction to Language Studies (3)
  • ENGL 3306 – Intermediate Creative Writing Workshop (3)
  • ENGL 3311 – Literary Criticism and Theory (3)
  • ENGL 4406 – Advanced Creative Writing Workshop (3)
  • ENGL 4494 – Senior Seminar in Creative Writing (3)

 

Select TWO of the following survey courses: (6)

  • ENGL 2267 – Survey of British Literature I Beginnings through 18th Century
  • ENGL 2268 – Survey of British Literature II 19th Century to Present
  • ENGL 2277 – Survey of American Literature I Beginnings to 1860
  • ENGL 2278 – Survey of American Literature II 1860 to Present

Select TWO of the following genre study courses: (6)

  • ENGL 3321 – Genre Studies in Drama
  • ENGL 3322 – Genre Studies in Poetry
  • ENGL 3323 – Genre Studies in Fiction
  • ENGL 3324 – Genre Studies in NonFiction
  • ENGL 3327 – Special Topics in Genre

Select ONE of the following language studies courses: (3)

  • ENGL 4480 – Varieties of American English
  • ENGL 4481 – Studies in Grammar
  • ENGL 4484 – Rotating Topics in Linguistics
  • ENGL 4486 – Old English
  • ENGL 4487 – History of the English Language
  • ENGL 4488 – Introduction to Sociolinguistics

Select ONE of the following period courses: (3)

  • ENGL 4461 – Studies in Classical Literature
  • ENGL 4462 – Studies in Medieval Literature
  • ENGL 4463 – Studies in Renaissance Literature
  • ENGL 4464 – Studies in Seventeenth Century Literature
  • ENGL 4465 – Studies in Eighteenth Century Literature
  • ENGL 4466 – Studies in Nineteenth Century Literature
  • ENGL 4467 – Studies in Late Nineteenth Century Literature
  • ENGL 4468 – Studies in Early Twentieth Century Literature
  • ENGL 4469 – Studies in Contemporary Literature

Select ONE of the following theme, identity, and performance studies courses: (3)

  • ENGL 3305 – Art of the Film II
  • ENGL 3328 – Gender in Literature
  • ENGL 3356 – Ethnicity in Literature
  • ENGL 4453 – American Indian Literature
  • ENGL 4470 – Post-Colonial Literature
  • ENGL 4490 – Topics in Folklore
  • ENGL 4492 – Folklore and Literature

Select ONE of the following advanced writing courses: (3)

  • ENGL 4401 – Advanced Composition
  • ENGL 4405 – Creative Writing in the Schools
  • ENGL 4406 – Advanced Creative Writing Workshop (in a different genre)
  • ENGL 4409 – Literary Magazine Production

Contact us:

Thomas Klein 

Director of English Undergraduate Studies

208-282-2893

Susan Goslee 

Associate Professor of English, Creative Writing

208-282–2470

Bethany Schultz Hurst  

Associate Professor of English, Creative Writing

208-282–5481

Amanda Christensen

English & Philosophy Administrative Assistant

208-282–2478 

 

Creative Writing Minor

A Creative Writing minor can add exciting balance to a major in the sciences. A literary English major might like to experience literature from the other side – writing it as opposed to critiquing it. Many important novelists hold full-time jobs in other fields; an economics major can also be a great poet.

A minor in Creative Writing can be an important beginning to your future as a great poet or novelist; ready you to write film, book, or game reviews; or kick start a creative writing portfolio for application to MFA programs.

The minor is a total of 21 credits.

These courses are required:

  • ENGL 2206 – Creative Writing Workshop (3)
  • ENGL 2211 – Introduction to Literary Analysis (3)
  • ENGL 3306 – Intermediate Creative Writing Workshop (3)
  • ENGL 4406 – Advanced Creative Writing Workshop (3)
  • ENGL 4494 – Senior Seminar in Creative Writing (3)

Select ONE of the following: (3)

  • ENGL 2257 – Survey of World Literature I Beginnings through 16th Century
  • ENGL 2258 – Survey of World Literature II 17th Century to Present
  • ENGL 2267 – Survey of British Literature I Beginnings through 18th Century
  • ENGL 2268 – Survey of British Literature II 19th Century to Present
  • ENGL 2277 – Survey of American Literature I Beginnings to 1860
  • ENGL 2278 – Survey of American Literature II 1860 to Present

Select an upper-division elective: (3)

Contact us:

Thomas Klein  

Director of English Undergraduate Studies

208-282-2893

Amanda Christensen  

English & Philosophy Administrative Assistant

208-282–2478

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