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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog
Oakland University
  Jan 21, 2018
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Creative Writing, B.A.

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Requirements for the liberal arts major in creative writing, B.A. program

The creative writing major requires a total of 44 credit hours, including five creative writing workshops (20 credits), two cognate courses (8 credits), and four English electives (16 credits). Students choose either the fiction, poetry, screenwriting or literary nonfiction track. One of the creative writing workshops must be a 400-level course (either ENG 410 , ENG 411 , ENG 413  or ENG 415  ); this class will provide a capstone experience and require a creative thesis (i.e., a collection of poetry or short fiction, a screenplay or a work of literary nonfiction).

Students must maintain at least a 2.8 GPA in all creative writing workshop courses and at least a 2.0 in literature courses. Only one 100-level course will be accepted for credit in the major. The 44 credits (exclusive of composition courses used to satisfy the university writing proficiency requirement) are distributed as follows: 

1. Introductory course (select one)

2. Fiction, poetry, screenwriting or literary nonfiction track (select one - A, B, C, or D)

A. Fiction Track

B. Poetry Track

Two courses from the poetry cognates listed below

C. Screenwriting Track

D. Literary Nonfiction Track

3. Sixteen elective credits, eight credits of which must be taken at the 300 level

Twelve of these credits must come from courses in literature; students may use the remaining four credits to take either an additional course in literature or an additional (or sixth) workshop.  Two of the elective classes must be 300 level or higher, but ENG 211   can substitute for one of these 300 level courses for students in the fiction and poetry tracks;CIN 150   can substitute for one 300 level class for students in the screenwriting track.

4. At least twenty credits in English courses must be taken at Oakland.

5. An introductory two-semester sequence in a foreign language, or one semester of a foreign language at the 115 level or higher with a minimum grade of 2.0.


Students using this catalog to meet creative writing major requirements may also use any course subsequently approved as satisfying requirements under the various workshop and cognate elective course options and published in a later catalog.

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