Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016


English (ENG) with a concentration in Creative Writing (CRW)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 23.0101

College of Arts & Sciences


Major Description

A bachelor’s degree in English prepares students for any field that values critical thinking, high reading comprehension, clear and effective writing, and the ability to interpret and analyze data. It provides three concentrations from which students must choose one concentration: Creative Writing, Literary Studies and Professional Writing, Rhetoric and Technology.

Concentration Description

This 36-hour concentration is designed for aspiring writers of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Students who graduate from this program will demonstrate the following: 1) knowledge of the forms and techniques of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction; 2) knowledge of literary genres and the techniques used by authors within each genre; 3) the ability to analyze literature in its cultural and philosophical context; and 4) the ability to critique student manuscripts and offer constructive feedback within a workshop setting.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

The State of Florida has identified common course prerequisites for the major in English. These courses must be completed with a minimum grade of "C" before the degree is granted. If the courses are not transferred in, they may be taken at USF.

Total Major Hours: 36 Hours

Concentration Core Courses - 36 Hours

  1. Writing Requirements: Six courses as follows:
    • CRW 3111 Form and Technique of Fiction
    • CRW 3311 Form and Technique of Poetry
      • (CRW 3111 must be taken before any other courses in the Fiction series, and CRW 3311 must be taken before any other courses in the Poetry series. Students are urged to take these two courses during the first year of their major.)
  2. Any four of the following courses:
    • CRW 3112 Fiction I
    • CRW 3121 Fiction II
    • CRW 3312 Poetry I
    • CRW 3321 Poetry II
    • CRW 4930 Selected Topics in Creative Writing
      • CRW 4930 may be repeated twice, with different content, for a total of six (6) credits hours. Choices would include creative nonfiction, screenwriting, craft courses in fiction\poetry, young adult literature, lyric poetry, etc.).
  3. Literature Requirements: Six courses as follows:
    • One of the following courses that concentrates on literature written pre-1900:
    • Five (5) additional major literature courses from those listed in the Literary Studies concentration

Additional Major Requirements

Major Requirements

Students may not use more than one directed study course toward meeting the major requirements.

Major GPA Requirement

A 2.5 GPA in the major is required for graduation.

Major Grade Requirement

A grade of below C- will not be counted toward fulfilling the major requirements.

Major Residency Requirement

Transfer students must earn at least 15 hours in the major at USF.

Major Foreign Language Requirement

The English Department does not accept Sign Language as a foreign language.

Major Other Requirements

Students declaring English as a second major need to complete 30 credit hours. To do so, they must make a written request to the Undergraduate Director at the time they declare English as a second major. Courses taken in the first major may not count toward the 30 hours in English as a second major.

Research Opportunities

All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 2912 or IDS 4914 courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office for Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.

Additional Major Information

Major Faculty

Chairperson: H. Hawkins; Professors: C. Adams, R.L. Ciresi, C. Herndl, R.L. Hewitt, J.M. Moxley, D. Price Herndl, L.L. Runge, H. Sellers, P.J. Sipiora; Associate Professors: N.G. Discenza, J. Fleming, M. Gould, G. Grewal, E.A. Hirsh, J. Hopler, D.L. Jacobs, M. Johnson, G. Lemons, E.A. Metzger, S. Mooney, C. Patterson, D. Plant, J. Staggers, I. Sukrungruang; Assistant Professors: S. Altschuler, T. Cooper, Y. Irizarry, J. Lennon, N. Le, , J. Rosello, M. Santos, J. Zisk; Instructors: K. Brown, S.M. Diecidue, D. Donnelly, L. Head, J.Y. Karpay, M. Leahy, B. Moss, K. Riegel; M. Shuman, E. Smith; Professors Emeriti: J. P. W. Rogers, R. Baum, L. Broer, S.M. Deats, H.A. Deer, R.F. Dietrich, F.J. Fabry, S.R. Fiore, W. Garrett, M. Harmon, J. Hatcher, D.L. Kaufmann, W.T. Ross, D. Schenck, W. Scheuerle, N. Tyson.

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