B.A. students in creative writing at Valpo must complete the general-education requirements for the B.A in addition to the requirements for the major. This University-wide core strengthens communication and critical-thinking skills while introducing the student to global cultures and traditions.  Majors in creative writing must also complete either a minor in their chosen field of study, or the 40-credit (rather than the 33-credit) major in English.  Please see the material on the English major in the General Catalog for specific degree requirements.

Requirements, the Creative Writing Major

A major in Creative Writing requires a minimum of 33 credit hours in writing or language-related courses.

Required courses include the following:

  • ENGL 180: Gateways to Interpretation
  • ENGL 201: Introduction to Creative Writing
  • ENGL 492: Seminar in Creative Writing

Plus three courses selected from the following:

  • ENGL 323: Short Story Writing
  • ENGL 324: Poetry Writing
  • ENGL 325: Creative Nonfiction
  • One of the following options:
    • ENGL 472: Screenwriting
    • ENGL 326: Playwriting
    • THTR 252: Writing for the Stage and Screen

Plus one course selected from the following:

  • ENGL 370: Modern and Contemporary Fiction
  • ENGL 372: Modern and Contemporary Drama
  • ENGL 375: Modern and Contemporary Poetry

Plus one course selected from the following:

  • ENGL 210: Introduction to Business and Professional Writing
  • ENGL 296: Traditions of Giving and Serving in American Life
  • ENGL 311: New Literacies, Technologies, and Cultures of Writing
  • ENGL 440: Multimedia Writing and Design
  • ENGL 486: Internship in English
  • ART 230: Graphic Design I
  • COMM 330: Graphic Design II

Plus one course selected from the following:

  • ENGL 260: Cross-Cultural Narratives
  • ENGL 360: Cross-Cultural Engagement in English Studies

Six additional credits from English courses numbered 200 or above.

 Course Catalog

In the English department, students learn to use the English language maturely and sensitively and develop their capacities to enjoy and understand imaginative literature.