College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Creative Writing Track

48 hours to complete the English Major with a Writing Concentration

Core Requirements

18 required hours
3 hours - EN185: Intro. to the Discipline of English
9 hours - Inquiries in Literary and Cultural History (three of four: EN245, EN246, EN265, EN266)
3 hours - EN218: Introduction to Creative Writing--Poetry & Fiction
3 hours - EN219: Introduction to Creative Writing--Prose - fiction & nonfiction

These courses should be completed before enrolling at the 300 level.

Junior/Senior Requirements

30 required hours
6 hours - Two EN310-level writing courses
3 hours - EN321 or 322: World Literature 1 or 2
3 hours - One 300/400-level course in Language, Rhetoric or Literary Criticism
3 hours - 300-level course in Literary and Cultural History*
9 hours - Three additional 300-level literature courses
3 hours - EN390: Research Seminar

* Literary and Cultural History Requirement

Senior Year

3 hours - 400-level Seminar
3 hours - EN450 Senior Essay
(This is the required senior seminar for creative writing students--they need not take another senior seminar in literature.  EN450 - Senior Seminar is required)                                                                  

Creative Writing Portfolio

Students are required to take three of the four courses in the Literary and Cultural History sequence (EN245, EN246, EN265 and EN266). Students will take an upper-level course in the fourth area that they do not cover at the 200-level.

In order to track this requirement, courses that meet the Literary and Cultural History Requirement will be designated in this way:

  • A1 equivalent to EN245, focusing primarily on American literature up to the Civil War
  • A2 equivalent to EN246, focusing primarily on American literature after the Civil War
  • B1 equivalent to EN265, focusing primarily on British Literature before 1800
  • B2 equivalent to EN266, focusing primarily on British Literature after 1800

For the designation of courses meeting the Literary and Cultural History Requirement, see the schedule of classes each semester, or consult with the Head of English.

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Department of English

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4600 Sunset Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46208
(317) 940-9293
Administrative Specialist:
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