B.A. in Creative Writing


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.


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.