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English—Creative Writing B.A.

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James Chrisman '15, an Honors Tutorial College English major, was the 2014-15 editor of Sphere.

  • Apprenticeship and internship opportunities
  • Workshops with renowned authors
  • Preparation for M.A. or M.F.A. programs in Creative Writing
  • Preparation for careers in publishing, digital publishing, business, marketing, newspaper and magazines, government, and more
  • Sphere, a literary journal run by and for undergraduates

Faculty contact: Dr. Elizabeth Koonce

Admissions Information

Degree Requirements

Sample 4-Year Program

The Creative Writing program offers students a range of beginning, intermediate, and advanced workshops in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Undergraduates have a unique opportunity to concentrate in Creative Writing by electing nine of writing classes in addition to the Form and Theory requirement. Creative Writing majors, working closely with a distinguished core faculty of professional writers, can enrich their background in literature provided by the English major curriculum with a rigorous apprenticeship to their craft.

In addition, the program regularly invites writers to campus for residency, workshops, and readings. Each year, five eminent authors are invited to participate in the three-day Spring Literary Festival. These visits provide a unique complement to the student's workshop experience.

Many undergraduates publish their writing in Sphere (the undergraduate literary magazine), while other gain valuable editing experience. Undergraduate writers regularly organize formal and informal readings of their own work.

Undergraduate Creative Writing students have gone on to further study in M.F.A. and/or Ph.D. programs in Creative Writing. Many have gone on to publish their work.

Program Overview

In the English – Creative Writing major, students engage with genres of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from the inside out, by generating and revising their own work as well as exploring closely how published work uses the techniques of craft.

All creative writing students participate in workshops led by nationally recognized writers. The workshops focus on understanding and constructing different literary forms. To achieve these goals, workshops emphasize the study of texts by established writers as well as students’ experimentation with their own creative process.

The major is also flexible enough to match students’ interests and goals. Students can fulfill up to 12 of the required hours in the major with courses focusing on literature, rhetoric, or literary theory, or by combining these with apprenticeship or internship experiences.

To ensure a solid foundation in the skills and knowledge that employers and graduate schools expect from any English graduate, the English – Creative Writing major includes the English Core in analysis, research, and literary history.

Careers and Graduate School

After a curriculum that emphasizes critical thinking and analytical reading as well as multiple genres of writing, English – Creative Writing students enjoy the same wide variety of opportunity upon graduation that other English majors have.

Many of our graduates go on to graduate programs, not only M.A. or M.F.A. programs in Creative Writing but also programs in Information Science or Education.

Others work in publishing, web content development, grant-writing and community organizing, advertising, or other creative industries. Having invested in developing their own creativity as well as in the well-rounded education that this degree requires, English – Creative Writing students can face the unexpected challenges of the 21st-century job market with confidence.

Potential employers for those who hold a degree in Creative Writing include, but are certainly not limited to, newspaper and magazine organizations, the entertainment industry, government agencies, institutions of higher education, public and private K-12 schools, publishing companies, marketing agencies, non-profit organizations, businesses, etc.

Browse through dozens of internship opportunities and full-time job postings for Ohio University students and alumni on Bobcat CareerLink, OHIO’s key resource for researching jobs, employers, workshops, and professional development events.

Admission Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission: No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy: For students currently enrolled at Ohio University, transferring into an English major requires a 2.0 GPA. Students choosing to transfer into the English – Creative Writing major should contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the English Department for assistance. Students who wish to add an English major in addition to another major program should seek assistance from the Director of Undergraduate Studies; students with a second major outside the College of Arts & Sciences will be responsible for meeting the degree requirements of both the English – Creative Writing major and the College of Arts & Sciences.

External Transfer Admission: For students currently enrolled at institutions other than Ohio University, transferring into an English major entails no requirements beyond University admission requirements. Students should contact the director of undergraduate studies in the English Department for assistance.

Degree Requirements

  • Major code BA5232

University-wide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all University-wide graduation requirements.

Liberal Arts and Sciences Distribution Requirement

View the College-Level Requirements for the College of Arts & Sciences.

English Hours Requirement

For a B.A. degree with a major in English - Creative Writing, a student must complete a total of 42 semester credit hours in ENG coursework.

English Department Core Requirements

Genre Courses

Complete the following courses:

  • ENG 2010 - Introduction to Prose Fiction and Nonfiction Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 2020 - Introduction to Poetry and Drama Credit Hours: 3.0
British or American Literature before 1800 Course

Complete one of the following courses:

  • ENG 3010 - Shakespeare Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3020 - Topics in Shakespeare Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3110 - English Literature to 1500 Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3120 - English Literature: 1500-1660 Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3130 - English Literature: 1660-1800 Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3210 - American Literature to 1865 Credit Hours: 3.0
British or American Literature after 1800 Course

Complete one of the following courses:

  • ENG 3140 - English Literature: 1800-1900 Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3150 - English Literature: 1900 to Present Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3220 - American Literature: 1865-1918 Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3230 - American Literature: 1918 to Present Credit Hours: 3.0
Writing and Research in English Studies Course

Complete the following course:

  • ENG 3070J - Writing and Research in English Studies Credit Hours: 3.0
Senior Seminar Course

Complete one of the following courses:

  • ENG 4600 - Topics in English Studies Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 4640 - English Authors Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 4650 - American Authors Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 4660 - International Authors Credit Hours: 3.0

Major Requirements

Courses used to fulfill English Core requirements may not also be used for Major Requirements.

Creative Writing Workshops

Complete three of the following courses:

  • ENG 3610 - Creative Writing: Fiction Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3620 - Creative Writing: Poetry Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3630 - Creative Writing: Nonfiction Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3950 - Creative Writing Workshop: Nonfiction Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3960 - Creative Writing Workshop: Short Story Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3970 - Intermediate Creative Writing Workshop: Poetry Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 4860 - Advanced Workshop in Fiction Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 4870 - Advanced Workshop in Poetry Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 4880 - Advanced Workshop in Nonfiction Credit Hours: 3.0
Creative Writing Form and Theory

Complete one of the following courses:

  • ENG 4820 - Form and Theory of Literary Genres: Poetry Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 4810 - Form and Theory of Literary Genres: Fiction Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 4830 - Form and Theory of Literary Genres: Nonfiction Credit Hours: 3.0

Major Electives

Complete at least 12 hours of ENG courses, excluding ENG 3***J, ENG 4510, and ENG 4520. Three hours may be at the 2000-level or higher; nine hours must be at the 3000-level or higher.

 

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