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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Creative Writing

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 124 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 ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

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: 79 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (58 credits)
CMLIT 010 GH;IL(3)[1], ENGL 006(1-8)*, ENGL 100(3)[1], ENGL 200(3)[1], ENGL 212(3)[1], ENGL 213(3)[1], ENGL 215(3)[1]
(Sem: 1-4)
ENGL 312(3)[1], ENGL 424(3)[1], ENGL 433(3)[1], ENGL 434(3)[1] (Sem: 4-6)
ENGL 420(3)[1], ENGL 436(3)[1], ENGL 437(3)[1], ENGL 439(3), ENGL 458(3)[1] (Sem: 5-8)
ENGL 401W(3)[1], ENGL 494(6)[1] (Sem: 7-8)
*Students planning to major in creative writing should enroll in this course every semester (typically 8 semesters). A student is required to take this course a minimum of four times.

ADDITIONAL COURSES (21 credits)
Foreign Language Requirement (proficiency of 12 credits of coursework or equivalent)
Select one of the following: ENGL 443(3)[1] or ENGL 444(3)[1]

Students must complete one of the following genre sequences (6 credits):
ENGL 412(3)[1] and ENGL 422(3)[1] (Sem: 4-8)
ENGL 413(3)[1] and ENGL 423(3)[1] (Sem: 4-8)
ENGL 415(3)[1] and ENGL 425(3)[1] (Sem: 4-8)

In addition to the requirements above, for enrichment, students in the B.F.A. degree program have the opportunity of taking ENGL 209, 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: Spring Semester 2012

Blue Sheet Item #: 40-06-043

Review Date: 04/10/2012

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