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Penn State Erie, The Behrend College

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Begin Date: Fall Semester 2004
End Date: Summer Session 2008

Creative Writing - ARCHIVE

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College (CWRIT)

The major will allow students to develop their writing skills through craft classes, literature classes, and writing workshops, in preparation for a variety of post-graduation options, from continuing on to M.F.A. degree programs to various positions in the publishing or editing fields. The program recognizes students must understand the relationship between tradition and individual talent, and provides a required sequence of literature courses designed to give students an overview of the historical literary traditions as well as the traditions of both modern and contemporary prose and poetry, options for additional literature courses (to broaden and/or deepen the nature of that relationship), and a course in creative writing theory. The program also includes a course which has students attending readings by Visiting Writers, and provides further professional development in a variety of ways. The program culminates in a capstone experience, the senior thesis, a collection of poetry or prose of publishable quality, with a critical preface to the collection demonstrating the students' ability to discuss the nature of their own writing and to place it in a literary context.

For the B.F.A. degree in Creative Writing, a minimum of 125 credits is required. A student enrolled in this major must earn at least a grade of C in each 300- and 400-level course.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 80 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (46 credits)
ENGL 200(3)[1], ENGL 212(3)[1], ENGL 213(3)[1], ENGL 215(3)[1] (Sem: 1-4)
ELISH 300(3)[1], ELISH 301(3)[1], ELISH 442(3)[1], ELISH 448(3)[1], ENGL 458(3)[1] (Sem: 4-6)
ELISH 001(1-8)*, ELISH 484W(3)[1], ELISH 488(3)[1], ENGL 437(3)[1] (Sem: 5-8)
ELISH 494A(6)[1] (Sem: 7-8)
*A student is required to take this course a minimum of four times.

ADDITIONAL COURSES (25 credits)
Select 1 credit of First-Year Seminar (Sem: 1-2)
Foreign Language Requirement (proficiency of 12 credits of coursework or equivalent)
Select 6 credits from the following courses: ENGL 262 GH(3), ENGL 263 GH(3), ENGL 265 GH(3) (Sem: 3-6)
Select 6 credits from one of the following:
ENGL 415(3)[1] and ENGL 425(3)[1] (Sem: 4-8)
ELISH 426(3)[1] and ELISH 429W(3)[1] (Sem: 4-8)
ELISH 427(3)[1] and ELISH 430(3)[1] (Sem: 4-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (9 credits)
Select 3 credits from The Canon and Its Critics (Sem: 3-6)
Select 3 credits from Globality and Literature (Sem: 3-6)
Select 3 credits from Cultural Studies (Sem: 3-6)

In addition to the requirements above, for enrichment, students in the B.F.A. degree program have the opportunity of taking ELISH 002, Literary Magazine Practicum, and serving as genre editors or assistant editors on the staff of Lake Effect, the national literary journal published by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. This is a 1-credit course in which students may enroll for up to 8 credits over their time in the degree program.

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2004

Blue Sheet Item #: 32-03-006

Review Date: 6/16/04

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