In today’s world you write more than ever…

Words matter. Effective communication matters even more. Creative writing permeates our lives through smart phones, the web, magazines, newspapers and books. Accurately expressing thoughts, motivations, ideas and dreams through creative writing is critical to success in every field, and our liberal arts degree in creative writing will help you achieve that success.

Aspiring authors in fiction or non-fiction, as well as those thinking of careers in marketing, strategic communications, education, grant writing or fundraising/development will benefit from our creative writing degree program.

General Education (18 cr)

  • GNED-3210 Experience and Expression (3)
  • GNED-3250 Modes and Methods of Learning (3)
  • GNED-3350 Culture, Conflict, and Social Research (3)
  • GNED-3450 Foundations of Civilization (3)
  • GNED-3510 Ecology, Technology, and Society (3)
  • GNED-3550 Leadership (3)

NOTE: GNED-3310 Literary Analysis and Argumentation is optional; students are encouraged to take this as elective.

Language Arts Concentration (18 cr)

  • COM-3900 Diversification & Acquisition of Language (3)
  • LIT-4500 Contemporary Theory & Criticism (3)
  • LIT-4620 English Literature (3)
  • LIT-4650 Shakespeare (3)

Choose one of the following 2 courses:

  • LIT-3630 Mixed-Race Women’s Literature (3) OR
  • LIT-4420 African American Literature (3)

Choose one of the following 2 courses:

  • LIT-4320 Literature of the Americas (3) OR
  • LIT-4520 American Literature (3)

Writing Genre Concentration (21 cr)

  • COM-3580 Playwriting and Performance (3)
  • COM-3570 Short Story Writing (3)
  • COM-3650 Multi-Genre Writing (3)
  • COM-4220 Poetry Writing (3)
  • COM-4320 Social Media and Social Change (3)
  • COM-4700 Antioch Writers’ Workshop (3)

Choose one of the following 2 courses:

  • COM-3700 Professional Writing (3) OR
  • COM-4540 Creative Nonfiction (3)

Senior Project (3)

  • PRO-4970 Senior Project (3)

General Education (GNED)

GNED-3210 Experience and Expression

Students discover the uniqueness of each human life by reading, comparing and comparing life stories about transformative experiences. They learn to write in their own voice from their own life experience employing rhetorical modes such as narration, description, example, comparison and contrast, process analysis, classification, cause and effect, and argument and persuasion. Students develop a new view of the world, of themselves, and of their interconnectedness to others.

GNED-3250 Modes & Methods of Learning

This course shows ways to identify and apply diverse modes of learning to achieve ends such as acquiring knowledge of self and world, solving problems, producing works of art, or engaging in public speaking. Students learn to distinguish facts from values, intuition from logic, imagination from objective  representation, beliefs from arguments, synthesis from analysis, and qualitative from quantitative reasoning. They practice self-awareness and employ evidence and logic as foundations of inquiry.

GNED-3310 Literary Analysis & Argument

Students travel the world in literature to explore ideas, passions, and the lives of people in other times and places. Discussions focus on viewpoints and aims of characters, narrative techniques, cultural contexts, and intentionality in reading and writing. Students refine their ability to read closely and critically and to analyze literary texts using a variety of academic approaches. They learn both how to construct analytical arguments about literary themes and how this skill can be transferred to other professional situations. Prerequisite: GNED-3210.

GNED-3350 Culture, Conflict & Social Research

Introduces students to the historic and cultural origins of contemporary conflicts and the attitudes and institutions that perpetuate them. They learn methods of research that can effectively address the issues and questions that arise in conflict situations. Students learn how to pose productive questions, formulate hypotheses, design logical and effective research strategies, address issues of reliability and validity, and observe ethical protocols. They each conduct and compose a modest research project and make an oral presentation according to professional standards. Prerequisite: GNED-3250.

GNED-3450 Foundations of Civilization

This course focuses on understanding differences between cultures and civilizations, including how both evolve from specific environmental conditions, and are shaped to address local challenges. This course examines the religious, economic, and political systems in such foundational zones as ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, India and China, and Greece and Rome.

GNED-3510 Ecology, Technology & Society

This course explores the interdependency of natural and social systems, the factors that contribute to the evolution and disappearance of species, and the human impact on natural environments by factors such as overpopulation, pollution, war, and excess consumption. It also examines more sustainable initiatives in waste management, and agricultural production, the use of alternative energies and technologies, and policy efforts to both conserve natural resources and ecosystems and build more sustainable communities.

GNED-3550 Leadership

 The course explores the concept of Leadership as science, as art, and as service. In the process of studying cases of successful and failed leadership the course requires students to reflect on how to make their lives meaningful and productive through the cultivation and exercise of leadership skills. They learn how to employ creative means to achieve constructive ends and how, in the process, to serve with integrity as they draw upon the capacities of diverse human resources and deploy the skills of community building.

LIT 3630 Mixed Race Women's Memoirs

LIT-3630 Mixed Race Women’s Memoirs  This course is designed as a multidisciplinary exploration of race, gender and identity utilizing oral and written narratives of Blackwhite mixed race women from the mid-nineteenth century to the present as source material. Drawing from elements of cultural studies, African American studies, American studies and women’s studies, students will construct critical and historical contexts for self-identity and perceptions of that identity in women of interracial descent.

LIT 4220 African American Women Writers

This course is designed as a multidisciplinary exploration of race, gender and identity utilizing five significant novels written by African American women as source material.  Drawing from elements of literary theory, film/media studies, Africana studies, and women’s studies, students will construct critical and historical contexts for the impact of Black women’s cultural production on self-identity and external perceptions of that identity through the lens of Black feminism/womanism.

LIT 4520 American Literature

The literature in this course spans both the history of the U.S. and the cultural diversity of writers, both male & female. Within this broad frame, students read works which embody characteristic American themes such as conflicts over race, the struggle for equality, the pursuit of individual freedom, the questions of truth and destiny, the role of religious belief in a secular world, and the emergence of a multi-ethnic society. Students will discuss the distinctiveness of American contributions to world literature.

LIT 4620 English Literature

This course surveys the literature of the British Isles from the late eighteenth century to the modern day. It explores trends such as Romanticism, Imagism and Formalism, while addressing such themes as individual freedom, alienation, industrialism, the changing role of the family, and the impact of Imperialism. This course includes the study of poetry, short stories, short novels, and essays from a representative sample of important modern British authors.

LIT 4650 Shakespeare

This course will examine Shakespeare’s major writings, including his important plays and sonnets. It will also include some biographical information, including some of his personal correspondences, so that students gain insight into the relationship between his personal life and his authorship.  Besides reading Shakespeare’s works, students will also engage in critical research on his writings.