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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Creative Writing

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College (CWRIT)

The major allows 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 working in the professional fields of publishing, editing and education. 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, especially modern and contemporary prose and poetry. It also provides options for sequences of writing workshops, requires a course in creative writing theory, and requires a course that fosters professional development and features live reading by visiting authors. The program culminates in a capstone experience, the senior thesis, a collection of poetry or prose of publishable quality that includes a critical preface demonstrating the students' ability to analyze and contextually their own writing.

For the B.F.A. degree in Creative Writing, a minimum of 121 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: 76 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (46 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] (Sem: 1-4)
ENGL 312(3)[1], ENGL 433(3)[1] (Sem: 4-6)
ENGL 420(3)[1], ENGL 436(3)[1], ENGL 437(3)[1], 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 (24 credits)
Select 12 credits of a Foreign Language (0-12 credits are included in ELECTIVES if foreign language proficiency is demonstrated by examination.) (Sem:1-4)
ENGL 443(3)[1] or ENGL 444(3)[1] (Sem: 4-8)
Select 9 credits from of the following: ENGL 412(3)[1], ENGL 413(3)[1], ENGL 422(3)[1], ENGL 423(3)[1] (Sem: 4-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (6 credits)
Select 6 credits from courses at the 200-level or above in CMLIT or ENGL [1] (Sem: 1-8)

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: Fall Semester 2014

Blue Sheet Item #: 43-04-037

Review Date: 01/13/2015

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