Concentration in Creative Writing

Our Concentration in Creative Writing offers students a combined degree in English and Creative Writing.  Featuring craft talks and workshops with local, national, and international writers through our Literary Arts Institute, our campuses provide an inspiring location for writing and exploration with faculty and students from around the world.

Exploration is integral to good writing, and the best writers are avid and rigorous readers. Our major therefore places writing practice within the study of literature and the literary arts, encouraging artistic inquiry through courses in literature, film, theory, and cultural studies.  Our majors deepen their understanding of the value and importance of creative writing through service and internship opportunities. Our Presidential Award-winning Experiential Learning course trains students to bring creative writing into area elementary schools. 

Our new Medical Humanities course, "Clinical Encounters," takes pre-med students from the classroom to the clinic -- giving them vital clinical experiences and helping our community re-think the reach of creative writing.

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 Creative Writing Requirements (44 credits)

4 credits of ENGL 213: Creative Writing - Fiction and Poetry

8 credits of ENGL 221-223 (must be differently numbered):

  • 221: World Literatures
  • 222: Literatures in English
  • 223: Literature of the Americas

4 credits of ENGL 243: Literary Theory and Criticism

4 credits of ENGL 311: Writing Essays

4 credits of ENGL 313: Advanced Creative Writing

4 credits of ENGL 368: Creative Writing - Capstone or HONR 398 Honors Thesis
Creative Project.

16 credits of English electives

*At least 16 credits must be in upper-division courses
Students may apply only one course from 120-124 toward the major
Students may also apply 4 credits from Comm 245: Media Writing, Comm 345: Advanced Media Writing, or THEA 211: Playwriting
Students must have sophomore standing to enroll in 300-level courses



Explore Writing





  • Writers at Home, the opportunity to meet with writers in their native countries while on study abroad

Contact Us

Jessica Harkins, Ph.D.
Phone: 320-363-2734

Rachel Marston, Ph.D.
Phone: 320-363-3971