Creative Writing, BALAS

for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts & Sciences Major in Creative Writing


Undergraduate Degree Programs in English

Majors:

English, BALAS with concentrations:

English, English Concentration, BALAS

English, English Teaching Concentration, BALAS

English, Topics in English Concentration, BALAS

Creative Writing, BALAS


for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts & Sciences Major in Creative Writing


General education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements.

Minimum required coursework equates to 36 hours in CW and ENGL courses. Twelve hours of 300- or 400-level courses in the major must be taken on this campus, of which at least three (3) hours must be Creative Writing Courses CW 404CW 406


Minimum hours required for graduation: 120 hours

Major Requirements
Literature for Creative Writers6
Intro to Creative Writing
Reading for Writers
Craft3
The Craft Essay: Creative Reading, Reflection, and Revision
Creative Writing Workshops12
12 hours of Creative Writing Workshops, including at least one of the following
3-course (9-hour) Workshop sequences:
Poetry Workshop I
and Poetry Workshop II
and Poetry Workshop III
or
Fiction Workshop I
and Fiction Workshop II
and Fiction Workshop III
The remaining 3 hours in this category can be satisfied by a fourth CW Workshop outside of the chosen sequence. 1
Writing and Literature3
3 hours of Writing and Literature coursework, either:
3 hours of non-Workshop CW coursework (CW 460, or another approved non-Workshop CW course) 2
or
3 hours of ENGL coursework 3
Additional Literature Coursework 412
12 additional hours of approved ENGL coursework, including:
9 hours of approved ENGL Literature coursework 5
3 hours of an ENGL Difference & Diaspora course 6
Total Hours36
1

CW 404 and CW 406 may be repeated once for credit, but may not be repeated to fulfill this requirement.

2

Some sections of CW 199, CW 202, and CW 463 may or may not count as a non-Workshop class, depending on the topics offered in a given semester.

3

These hours must be taken at the 200-level or above.

4

A maximum of 3 hours of 100-level coursework may be counted towards the Additional Literature Coursework requirement.

5

Chosen from a list maintained by the Creative Writing Program and the English Advising Office.

6

Chosen from the Difference & Diaspora list maintained by the English Program and the English Advising office.

for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts & Sciences Major in Creative Writing


  1. Concepts: Students will identify, analyze, and use the elements of literary craft appropriate for their chosen writing genre.
  2. Writing: Students will develop a personal style, apply craft techniques that they learn during workshops, and choose from several strategies to revise written work.
  3. Workshop: Students will identify and learn to use the most effective worship practices.  They will learn how to critique the written work of their peers, both orally and in writing, in constructive and mutually beneficial ways.
  4. Reading: Students will read, analyze, and evaluate contemporary and other literature from the perspective of literary craft and the study of creative writing.
  5. Literary Community and Profession: Students will learn to evaluate, discuss, and research contemporary literary publishing and editing.

for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts & Sciences Major in Creative Writing


department website: English

creative writing website: Creative Writing

department faculty: English Faculty

advising: English & Creative Writing advising


overview of college admissions & requirements: Liberal Arts & Sciences

college website: https://las.illinois.edu