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. Courses must include the following:

  • ENGL 200: Literary Studies
  • ENGL 301: Introduction to Creative Writing
  • ENGL 400: New Literacies, Cultures, and Technologies of Writing
  • ENGL 492: Seminar in Creative Writing

plus three courses selected from the following:

  • ENGL 423: Short Story Writing
  • ENGL 424: Poetry Writing
  • ENGL 425: Creative Nonfiction
  • ENGL 431: Advanced Composition
  • THTR 252: Writing for the Stage and Screen

plus one course selected from the following:

  • ENGL 460: Modern and Contemporary Drama
  • ENGL 470: Modern and Contemporary Fiction
  • ENGL 475: Modern and Contemporary Poetry

plus three courses selected from the following:

  • any English courses numbered 300 or above
  • COMM 230: Desktop Publishing
  • COMM 330: Advanced Desktop Publishing

 Course Catalog

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