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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Department of English and Literary Arts

Department of English

Undergraduate Majors

Creative Writing

This concentration is ideal for students who wish to produce original compositions in poetry, fiction, non-fiction, or translation, while being advised and mentored by practicing writers working with these literary forms. This English concentration combines the traditional study of literary texts and critical theory with the praxis of creative literary expression, and is ideal for students who plan to seek an MFA in creative writing or Ph.D. in English. 

New Requirements (for students entering DU beginning Fall 2017):

• Foundations (1000-level courses): 8 hrs. (ENGL 1000 is required for all CW concentration majors and ENGL 1010: Introductory Topics in English is required for all majors.)
• Core Studies (2000-level courses): 16 hrs., 8 hrs. of which must be 2000-level workshops in poetry and fiction.
• Advanced Studies (3000-level courses): 8 hrs.
• Senior Sequence (3000-level): 8 hrs., 4 hrs. of which must be a course designated as a "senior seminar" in the course schedule and 4 hrs. of which must be a 3000-level advanced workshop in either poetry or fiction.
• Electives: 4 hours

Please note:

• All majors must satisfy a 12-hr. diversity/distribution requirement, which means that at least 3 courses must include international and/or ethnic literatures. (Please consult the "Current Courses" and "Course Archives" section of the department website to see if a particular course satisfies this requirement.)
• Majors may not take more than 12 hrs. of ENGL courses at the 1000 level.
• Majors must take at least 16 hrs. at the 3000-level (two Advanced Studies courses + Senior Sequence).
• Majors may not take more than 60 hrs. of ENGL courses.
• Majors must earn a C- or better in all ENGL courses.

Old Requirements (for students entering DU between Fall 2012 through 2016):

Please note: no more than 8 credit hours may be taken at the 1000 level for major credit. At least 12 credit hours must be taken at the 3000 (junior & senior) level.

  • 4 hrs. Introduction to Creative Writing
  • 8 hrs. Intermediate Creative Writing (2000 level poetry, fiction, non-fiction, or translation)
  • 8 hrs. British Literature (one course before and one after 1789)
  • 8 hrs. American Literature (one course before and one after 1900)
  • 4 hrs. International Literature
  • 12 hrs. English Electives (one of which should be a 3000-level creative writing course)

Pre-Admission Program for Majors to the MA

Beginning in Fall 2018, the Department offers pre-admission to our MA in Literary Studies. Extraordinarily high-performing majors with a 3.9 GPA or above and good Departmental standing will receive an offer of pre-admission to the MA. These exceptional students in the major are fast-tracked for admission into the MA and will have several admission requirements waived (including the GRE). For further information, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Prof. Adam Rovner.