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B.F.A. in Creative Writing

Minimum Total Credit Hours: 120

General Education Requirements

General education requirements for the B.F.A. in creative writing include the following:

Courses Credit Hours
Writ 100 or Writ 101 and Writ 102 or Liba 102 6
English literature survey at the 200 level* 6
Natural science with lab, chosen from biology, chemistry, geology, astronomy or physics, or Liba 150, 151, 205, 205L, 315, 315L. 6-8
History. 6
Social science, chosen from anthropology, economics, political science, psychology, sociology, or Liba 203, 313. 6
Mathematics (Math at the 100 level or higher, except for Math 245/246) 3
Additional humanities, chosen from African American studies,classics (any Clc); environmental studies (Envs 101); gender studies (G St 201, 202, 301, 304, 333, 350, 353, 391, 402); philosophy; religious studies; Southern studies (S St 201, 202); Liba 202, 312. In addition, gender studies courses that are cross-listed with African American studies, classics, English, modern languages, philosophy, or religious studies courses will satisfy this requirement 3
Fine & performing arts appreciation (chosen from AH; Mus 101, 102, 103, 104, 105; Liba 130, 204; Danc 200; or Thea 201, 202) 3

*English Literature Survey. The literature survey courses that satisfy this requirement are 6 hours of Eng 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226, and 22x. (Eng 103, 199, and 299 do not satisfy this requirement.) Eng courses at the 300, 400, or 500 level may not be used to satisfy this requirement.

**In addition, gender studies courses that are cross-listed with African American studies, classics, English, modern languages, philosophy, or religious studies courses will satisfy this requirement.

Course Requirements

A major in creative writing for the B.F.A. degree consists of 53 hours of English classes and 9 hours of Advanced Interdisciplinary Histories, Practices, and Theories of Art.

Literary History Core (18 hours total; at least 6 hours at the 400+ level):

Creative Writing Core (21 hours):

Creative Writing Electives (6 hours) chosen from:

Creative Writing Thesis (8 hours)

Successful completion of a B.F.A. creative writing thesis includes completion and submission of a creative writing thesis; an oral defense of the thesis; and participation in a public reading or showcase of theses.

Other Academic Requirements

Advanced Interdisciplinary Histories, Practices, and Theories of Art (9 hours at the 300+ level)

See the department website's program page to determine courses that satisfy this requirement. In addition to the courses below, students may count other courses toward this requirement with the approval of the director of the B.F.A. in creative writing.

African American Studies Program*

Center for the Study of Southern Culture

Department of Art and Art History

Department of Classics

Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Department of Theatre and Film

Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies

Department of History

Department of Philosophy & Religion

Department of Writing & Rhetoric

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