Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019


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

Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.

If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.

Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.

Total Major Hours: 36 Hours

Concentration Core Courses - 36 Hours

  1. Writing Requirements: Six (6) 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.)
    • Any four (4) 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.).
  2. Literature Requirements: Six courses as follows:
    • One of the following courses that concentrates on literature written pre-1900:
      • AML 3031 American Literature from the Beginning to 1860
      • AML 3032 American Literature from 1860 to 1912
      • AML 4111 Nineteenth-Century American Novel
      • ENG 4060 History of the English Language
      • ENL 3015 British Literature to 1616
      • ENL 3016 Studies in 17th and 18th Century British Literature
      • ENL 3017 Studies in 19th Century British Literature
      • ENL 3230 British Literature 1616-1780
      • ENL 3251 British Literature 1780-1900
      • ENL 3331 Early Shakespeare
      • ENL 3332 Late Shakespeare
      • ENL 4122 19th Century British Novel
      • ENL 4203 Introduction to Old English
      • ENL 4311 Chaucer
      • ENL 4338 Advanced Studies in Shakespeare
      • ENL 4341 Milton
      • ENL 4501 Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Literature
      • LIT 3031 Survey of Poetry
      • LIT 3101 Literature of the Western World Through the Renaissance
    • Five (5) additional major literature courses from those listed in the Literary Studies concentration

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