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Creative Writing (CWRIT_BFA)

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Campus Options: (Start at any Commonwealth campus and Finish: Behrend)

Major Requirements: No additional requirements.

General Requirements

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Majors in the Behrend College may be started at any Penn State campus and are completed at Penn State Erie, and require a minimum 2.0 GPA  (unless otherwise noted) . Applicants with less than two years of course work will enter the college in a pre-major status and gain entrance to their major on completion of the entrance to major requirements for their intended major, which is typically at the end of the sophomore year.

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Please be advised that a student’s tuition will increase when the Penn State transcript reflects 59.1 cumulative credits. Credits earned from tests, like AP or IB exams, are considered transfer credits and are included in the cumulative credit total. If the credits you are transferring or have transferred to Penn State place you above 59.1 cumulative credits after the start of the semester, your tuition will increase immediately. You will receive a bill for the additional tuition on the first day of the following month. For more information, visit the Office of the Bursar's website

Creative Writing

Our accomplished faculty writers have earned some of the most prestigious writing awards and honors, including Guggenheim, NEA, Ingram Merrill, Stegner, Dobie-Paisano, Bunting and Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowships; Lamda Literary, Whiting Writers and O. Henry Awards, as well as numerous Pushcart Prizes. They have been in residence at places like Breadloaf, Yaddo, Millay and MacDowell Colonies and have had their work published in journals such as  Poetry, The New York Times, Esquire, The Village Voice, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Antioch Review, Epoch, New Letters, Gulf Coast, The Clackamas Literary Review, Descant  and  Texas Bound  among many, many others.

We offer MA degrees to selected internal candidates in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.  Students complete a 30-credit course of study in two years.  Some then choose to pursue careers in editing, writing, education, and various creative endeavors. Others choose to go on for the MFA or PhD in creative writing at other institutions.

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Graduate Program

Penn State’s graduate Creative Writing Program, better known as the BA/MA Program, is an integrated undergraduate/graduate English degree program with a creative writing concentration that students complete in two years; the first in the student’s senior year and the second in a fifth MA year. Students choose to focus in poetry or in prose and ultimately have the opportunity to craft a polished portfolio, which can then be used to apply to MFA programs outside of Penn State.

For more information about graduate Creative Writing at Penn State, including bios for faculty members and requirements and application details for the BA/MA program, visit the Graduate Creative Writing page.

Undergraduate Program

Within undergraduate studies, Penn State’s English department offers a creative writing concentration in the English major that allows for exploration, focus, and practice in different forms of creative writing — fiction, poetry, and nonfiction — and practical writing in biography, article writing, and editing. Students develop a nuanced understanding of utilizing imaginative and practical language skills in diverse communication-based environments. For relevant course information, visit the Creative Writing Concentration page.

The English department also offers a creative writing minor, for those students not majoring in English, to explore different forms of creative writing through workshop classes to develop translatable writing skills. For more relevant course information on the creative writing minor, visit its undergraduate bulletin page .

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Creative Writers Reading Series Offers Major Pay-Off for BFA Students

Katie Ford opened the 2015-16 season of the Creative Writers Reading Series on Sept. 17.

It’s part of the process for the students, who work diligently to find their voices as contemporary poets and writers of fiction.

However, for a young writer who is honing his or her craft, seeing — and hearing — is often believing. That’s where the Smith Creative Writers Reading Series comes into play.

“The students get a sense of, ‘Okay, this is a real-live thing,’” says George Looney, professor of English and creative writing. “They see that poetry’s not dead. They see that literature’s not dead. That’s such a valuable thing.”

Over the last 20-plus years, the series has become a staple of the creative writing program at Penn State Behrend. Three times each semester, the program brings a poet or writer of national stature to campus to read their work and talk with students about the literary world. Creative writing students are familiar with the author prior to the reading as his or her works are assigned as part of their coursework.

The series began as a result of the Clarence A. Smith and Eugenie Baumann Smith Endowment Fund, which was established in 1989 to help enrich the creative writing program at the college. Since then, more than 100 well-established writers, including names like Stephen Dunn and Charles Baxter, have visited campus, and the students have the opportunity to meet them at reception that precedes each reading.

“The interaction with the authors over the years was so helpful,” says Katie O’Neill, a 2015 creative writing graduate who is now pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Bowling Green State University. “That was one of my favorite things about the program.”

There’s another level of interaction that takes place between the students and authors. Those who participate in the series also agree to help judge the college’s undergraduate writing awards.

“Our students have the opportunity to say they’ve won a contest judged by a great writer, and that also gives them a greater sense of what the writing world is like,” says Tom Noyes, associate professor of English and creative writing and program chair for the college’s creative writing program. “This really helps our students who go ahead in the MFA programs because they’re very well prepared.”

For evidence, look no further than Heather Slomski. An Erie native, Slomski earned her B.A. in English with an emphasis in creative writing from Behrend in 2003. She went on to receive her M.F.A. from Western Michigan University. Her first book, “The Lovers Set Down Their Spoons,” was the recipient of the 2014 Iowa Short Fiction Award, a national award given to a first collection of fiction in English and administered through the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

Slomski will return to campus on Thursday, Oct. 15, as one of the readers for the Creative Writers Reading Series.

While students may be the primary audience of the series, it is as much about outreach as it is education. Every reading is free and open to the public.

“We’d love to see high school students, especially students who might be interested in writing, attending these events,” Noyes says. “We’d also love to see more community members at these readings. One thing that I think keeps people away is the notion that art is elitist, but that’s just not true. Art enlarges your worldview, but it also helps you focus.”

A full schedule of this year’s Creative Writers Reading Series is available at behrend.psu.edu/readings . For more information, contact Noyes at 814-898-6209 or email [email protected] .

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BFA in Creative Writing: Requirements

In addition to meeting the  general University degree requirements , the Creative Writing major will meet the following requirements for the BFA degree. Students admitted before Fall 2020 may use either these major requirements, or the Creative Writing major requirements of their catalogue year (2019 or earlier); the  former requirements are listed at the bottom of this page .

If you have questions about the BFA in Creative Writing, consult the BFA Handbook , email [email protected] , or  contact an Undergraduate Pathway Advisor .

Requirements for BFA in Creative Writing

In addition to meeting university B.A. degree requirements, the Creative Writing major must meet the following requirements for the BFA degree: Literature Courses, Writing Courses, Fine Art Electives, English Electives, Writing Electives, and a Graduation Requirement (Senior Portfolio).

  • Required Writing Courses  (12 credits)
  • Writing Electives  (32 credits)
  • Historical Literacy  (8 credits)
  • Culture, Difference, and Representation  (4 credits)
  • English Electives  (12 credits)
  • Fine Arts Electives  (8 credits)
  • Graduation Requirement (Senior Portfolio)
  • Additional Information

Total Credits:  76

Use the  BFA in Creative Writing Advising Worksheet (2020 Catalog Year)  to track your credits.

Required Writing Courses (12 credits)

  • Wr 212 Introductory Fiction Writing (4)
  • Wr 213 Introductory Poetry Writing (4)
  • Wr 214 Introductory Nonfiction Writing (4)

Writing Electives (32 credits)

16 credits in the genre of portfolio (fiction, nonfiction, or poetry), at least 8 of which must be at the 400-level:

  • Wr 312 Intermediate Fiction Writing (4)
  • Wr 313 Intermediate Poetry Writing (4)
  • Wr 328 Media Editing (4)
  • Wr 399 Special Studies (1-5)
  • Wr 407 Writing Seminar (1-6)
  • Wr 412 Advanced Fiction Writing (4)
  • Wr 413 Advanced Poetry Writing (4)
  • Wr 428 Advanced Media Writing (4)
  • Wr 456 Forms of Nonfiction (4)
  • Wr 457 Personal Essay Writing (4)
  • Wr 458 Magazine Writing (4)
  • Wr 459 Memoir Writing (4)

16 credits of additional upper-division WR courses, 8 of which must be 400-level.

Note:  Wr 312, Wr 313, Wr 412, Wr 413 may be repeated once for credit.

Historical Literacy: (8 credits)

These courses provide students with the opportunity to explore different historical periods, regions, and genres, thus enabling them to find connections between multiple topics and cultural moments.

Take two courses from the following list:

  • Eng 301U Topics in Shakespearean Genre (4)
  • Eng 320U The English Novel I (4)
  • Eng 340U Medieval Literature (4)
  • Eng 341U Renaissance Literature (4)
  • Eng 342U Eighteenth-Century Literature (4)
  • Eng 343U Romanticism (4)
  • Eng 351 African American Literature (4) 
  • Eng 360U American Literature and Culture I (4) 
  • Eng 411 English Drama (4)
  • Eng 416 History of Rhetoric (4)
  • Eng 426 Advanced Topics in Medieval Literature (4) 
  • Eng 441 Advanced Topics in Renaissance Literature (4)
  • Eng 450 Advanced Topics in Eighteenth-Century Literature (4)
  • Eng 458 Advanced Topics in Romanticism (4)
  • Eng 460 Advanced Topics in American Literature to 1800 (4)
  • Eng 491 History of Literary Criticism and Theory I (4)

Culture, Difference, and Representation: (4 credits)

These courses explore the politics of representation in the contexts of identity and subject formation, cultural encounter and domination, and canon formation and contestation.

Take one course from the following list:

  • Eng 326 Literature, Community, and Difference (4)
  • Eng 327 Culture, Imperialism, and Globalization (4)
  • Eng 428 Canons and Canonicity (4)

English Electives (12 credits)

12 upper division Eng credits (With adviser approval, one upper-division WLL literature course may be applied to this requirement.)

Fine Arts Electives (8 credits)

Two courses in arts appreciation, theory, or performance (8 credits). This requirement is fulfilled through courses in the College of the Arts prefixed Arch, ArH, Art, D, FILM, Mus, and TA.

Graduation Requirement: The Senior Portfolio

The Senior Portfolio is submitted for approval by the end of the third week of the term in which a student intends to graduate. For summer graduates, note that portfolios must be turned in by the end of the third week of spring term. Portfolios will not be accepted over the summer. The portfolio showcases the clean revised copy of the student's creative writing in a chosen genre (i.e., fiction, nonfiction, or poetry), and should contain: (a) An introductory statement of artistic intent (6-10 pages), which provides an overview and analysis of the development and revision of their portfolio work; and (b) Writing within a genre: 30-50 pages (fiction or nonfiction), or 20-30 pages (poetry). Email the portfolio and introductory statement to  [email protected] ; it will be forwarded to a departmental committee for review.

The portfolio consists of a Title Page, a Table of Contents, a Statement of Artistic Intent, and your Writing. All pages must be proofread and properly formatted with 1-inch margins, and double-spaced in a readable standard 12-point font. (There are no spacing instructions for poems.) All pages except the Title Page should be numbered.

  • Title page must include name, date, student ID #, email address, BFA genre (fiction, nonfiction, poetry), and identify itself as the BFA in Creative Writing Portfolio. Students may additionally title or subtitle the collection if desired.  
  • Table of Contents must include page numbers, and titles for each piece in your Writing section.  
  • Articulate your goals and intentions as a writer and discuss the craft decisions and textual strategies at work in relation to your artistic goals. This might include discussion on narrative structure, point of view, chronology, diction, syntax, pacing, rhythm, sound, dialogue, and other decisions you made as a writer. How do your choices about form, craft, and structure relate to your current goals as an artist and to the content of your work? Speak to the broader context of your work by describing some of the texts that influenced the writing selection in your portfolio: how do you see your work in conversation with these writers, and in what ways are their influences felt within your writing? Finally, in what ways do you see your work as distinct from that of the writers you read, and how does your work engage with your own sense of identity, philosophy, language, and/or the world around you?
  • Discuss the process by which you wrote the work in your portfolio: did your conception of the structure, content, or voice change significantly while you wrote it? How would you approach the research or writing process differently in the future?
  • Describe your plans for the work that youʼve submitted: Are you considering eventually editing or expanding it into a different form? What additional material would you want to generate, or what might you excerpt or edit out?
  • Writing section may consist of a single or multiple works within BFA genre; they may be thematically connected, but this is not required. Pieces written within courses may be used, and this is indeed encouraged, but they must be clean revised copies. Each piece within the Writing section should be numbered and titled.

Work will not be judged by its subgenre or subject matter per se, or on its experimental or conventional nature; however, students are expected to carefully analyze and contextualize their artistry in the Statement of Artistic Intent. The Statement and Writing will be expected to meet a high standard of aesthetic achievement and writing craft, and to observe University standards of academic honesty.

Additional Information on Requirements

  • Creative Writing majors in upper-division English courses are expected to be able to write a library research paper when required. The department recommends that majors without prior training in research paper writing enroll in Wr 222.
  • Only courses in which a student receives a C or above can count for the Creative Writing major.
  • Only courses taken for a letter grade can count toward the Creative Writing major.
  • No more than 12 credits taken for the Minor in English may be applied to the Creative Writing major.
  • A minimum of 24 credits in English and/or Writing at PSU is required to graduate from PSU with a major in Creative Writing.

Former Requirements for BFA in Creative Writing

Students admitted before Fall 2020 may use either the new major requirements listed above or the Creative Writing major requirements of their catalogue year (2019 or earlier).

  • Required Literature Courses
  • Required Writing Courses
  • Fine Arts Electives
  • Writing Electives
  • Literature Electives

Use the  BFA in Creative Writing Advising Worksheet (2016-2019 Catalog Year)  to track your credits.

Required Literature Courses (16 cr)

  • ENG 204 Survey of British Literature I
  • ENG 205 Survey of British Literature II
  • ENG 253 Survey of American Literature I
  • ENG 254 Survey of American Literature II

Required Writing Courses (12 cr)

  • WR 212 Introductory Fiction Writing
  • WR 213 Introductory Poetry Writing
  • WR 214 Introductory Nonfiction Writing

Fine Arts Electives (8 cr)

Two courses in arts appreciation, theory, or performance (8 credits).  This requirement is fulfilled through courses in the College of the Arts (e.g. prefixed ARCH, ARH, ART, FLM, MUS, DANCE and TA.)

Writing Electives (28 cr)

16 credits in the genre of portfolio (fiction, nonfiction, or poetry), at least 8 of which must be 400 level:

  • WR 312 Intermediate Fiction Writing*
  • WR 313 Intermediate Poetry Writing*
  • WR 328 Media Editing
  • WR 399 Special Studies
  • WR 407 Writing Seminar
  • WR 412 Advanced Fiction Writing*
  • WR 413 Advanced Poetry Writing*
  • WR 428 Advanced Media Writing
  • WR 456 Forms of Nonfiction
  • WR 457 Personal Essay Writing
  • WR 458 Magazine Writing
  • WR 459 Memoir Writing

* Courses may be repeated once for credit.

12 credits of additional upper-division WR courses, 8 of which must be 400-level.

English Electives (12 cr)

12 upper division ENG credits. (With advisor approval, one upper division WLL literature course may be applied to this requirement.)

The Senior Portfolio is submitted for approval by the end of the third week of the term in which students intend to graduate. For summer graduates, note that portfolios must be turned in by the end of the third week of spring term. Portfolios will not be accepted over the summer. This portfolio showcases the clean revised copy of the student's creative writing in a chosen genre (i.e., fiction, nonfiction, or poetry), and should contain: (a) An introductory statement of artistic intent (6-10 pages). This statement should provide an overview and analysis of the development and revision of their portfolio work; and (b) Writing within a genre: 30-50 pages (fiction or nonfiction), or 20-30 pages (poetry). Email the portfolio and introductory statement to  [email protected] .

  • No more than 12 credits taken for the Minor in English may be applied to the Creative Writing major.
  • A minimum of 24 credits in English and/or Writing at PSU is required to graduate from PSU with a major in Creative Writing.

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Creative Writing, B.F.A.

Program Code: CWRIT_BFA

Students editing manuscripts from the Lake Effect slush pile

At which campus can I study this program?

Begin Campus

Any Penn State Campus

Program Description

The major allows students to develop their writing skills through craft classes, literature classes, and writing workshops, in preparation for a variety of post-graduation options, from continuing on to M.F.A. degree programs to working in the professional fields of publishing, editing and education. The program recognizes students must understand the relationship between tradition and individual talent, and provides a required sequence of literature courses designed to give students an overview of the historical literary traditions, especially modern and contemporary prose and poetry. It also provides options for sequences of writing workshops, requires a course in creative writing theory, and requires a course that fosters professional development and features live reading by visiting authors. The program culminates in a capstone experience, the senior thesis, a collection of poetry or prose of publishable quality that includes a critical preface demonstrating the students' ability to analyze and contextually their own writing.

What is Creative Writing?

Creative writing is a liberal arts discipline concerned with the practice of literary art, the life of the imagination, and the capacities of language. Creative writing students analyze masterworks of fiction, poetry, and literary nonfiction from different periods and cultures; compose their own original works; develop editing and communication skills; and explore the world of contemporary publishing.

You Might Like This Program If...

  • Your nose is always in a book.
  • When you’re not reading, you’re writing.
  • You enjoy the editing and revision process.
  • You can see yourself working on the editorial staff of Lake Effect, Penn State Behrend’s international literary journal.

Entrance to Major

In order to be eligible for entrance to this major, a student must:

  • attain at least a C (2.00) cumulative grade-point average for all courses taken at the University; and
  • have at least third-semester classification .

READ SENATE POLICY 37-30: ENTRANCE TO AND CHANGES IN MAJOR PROGRAMS OF STUDY

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing, a minimum of 121 credits is required:

Program Requirements
Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Requirements for the Major 76

Per Senate Policy 83.80.5, the college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of coursework in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned.

Requirements for the Major

A student enrolled in this major must earn at least a grade of C in each 300- and 400-level course.

To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn a grade of C or better in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44 .

Course List
Code Title Credits
Prescribed Courses
Creative Writing Common Time 4-8
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
World Literatures 3
English Language Analysis3
Introduction to Critical Reading3
Introduction to Fiction Writing 3
Introduction to Poetry Writing 3
Globality and Literature3
Creative Writing Theory3
Writing for the Web3
The American Novel: 1900-19453
American Fiction Since 19453
The Poet in America3
Twentieth-Century Poetry3
Senior Thesis in English6
Additional Courses
Select 12 credits of a World Language (0-12 credits are included in ELECTIVES if world language proficiency is demonstrated by examination)12
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
The English Renaissance3
or  Shakespeare
Select three of the following:9
Advanced Fiction Writing
Advanced Poetry Writing
Fiction Workshop
Poetry Writing Workshop
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 6 credits from courses at the 200-level or above in CMLIT or ENGL6

Students planning to major in creative writing should enroll in this course every semester (typically 8 semesters). A student is required to take this course a minimum of four times. 

In addition to the requirements above, for enrichment, students in the B.F.A. degree program have the opportunity of taking ENGL 209 , Literary Magazine Practicum, and serving as genre editors or assistant editors on the staff of Lake Effect , the national literary journal published by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. This is a 1-credit course in which students may enroll for up to 8 credits over their time in the degree program.

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

Keystone/General Education Course

Foundations (grade of C or better is required and Inter-Domain courses do not meet this requirement.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits

Breadth in the Knowledge Domains (Inter-Domain courses do not meet this requirement.)

  • Arts (GA): 3 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 3 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 3 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 3 credits

Integrative Studies

  • Inter-Domain Courses (Inter-Domain): 6 credits

Exploration

  • GN, may be completed with Inter-Domain courses: 3 credits
  • GA, GH, GN, GS, Inter-Domain courses. This may include 3 credits of World Language course work beyond the 12th credit level or the requirements for the student’s degree program, whichever is higher : 6 credits

University Degree Requirements

First year engagement.

All students enrolled in a college or the Division of Undergraduate Studies at University Park, and the World Campus are required to take 1 to 3 credits of the First-Year Seminar, as specified by their college First-Year Engagement Plan.

Other Penn State colleges and campuses may require the First-Year Seminar; colleges and campuses that do not require a First-Year Seminar provide students with a first-year engagement experience.

First-year baccalaureate students entering Penn State should consult their academic adviser for these requirements.

Cultures Requirement

6 credits are required and may satisfy other requirements

  • United States Cultures: 3 credits
  • International Cultures: 3 credits

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 120 degree credits must be earned for a baccalaureate degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

The college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80 ). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

Program Learning Objectives

  • Application of Knowledge: Apply knowledge of critical, theoretical, and technical traditions to the production of original literary works.
  • Articulation of Knowledge: Articulate the relationship between their own original literary works and the traditions of literature.
  • Foundational Reading: Demonstrate familiarity with representative literary texts from a significant number of historical, geographical, and cultural contexts, with particular focus on Modern and contemporary literature.
  • Presentation: Effectively present their own literary work in public forums
  • Professional Knowledge: Demonstrate familiarity with the contemporary literary publishing milieu.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university's academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee's unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

Tom Noyes, Ph.D. Professor of English and Creative Writing 141 Kochel Erie, PA 16563 814-898-6209 [email protected]

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2024-25 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition.

 Creative Writing, B.F.A. at Erie Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
First Year Seminar1 1
, , or 3General Education1.5
1CAS 100, , , or 3
General Education3 or 3
General Education3General Education3
World Language Level 14World Language (Level 2)4
 15 15.5
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
1 1
3 3
200-400 level course in ENGL or CMLIT3200-400 Level Course in ENGL or CMLIT3
or 3 3
General Education3 or 3
World Language Level 34 or 3
 17 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
1 1
3 or 3
or 3 3
General Education3General Education3
or 3General Education3
3General Education3
 16 16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
1 1
3 3
3General Education3
3 3
General Education3General Education3
General Education1.5 3
 14.5 16
Total Credits 126

Course requires a grade of C or better for the major

Course requires a grade of C or better for General Education

Course is an Entrance to Major requirement

Course satisfies General Education and degree requirement

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy Cultural Diversity Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

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Choosing a college as an emerging or aspiring writer can prove challenging. What kind of writing do you want to do? Journalism? Professional writing? Creative writing? If you settle on creative writing, did you know that there are still more choices? Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts? What’s the difference? Well, every school varies, but BAs often tend to have a more generalized approach and focus on literature as well as writing, whereas BFAs in Creative Writing often have a more concentrated path. There are often more credits involved in the major as well. So, you’ve picked a BFA, but discover that they are hard to find. But don’t fret. We’ve embarked on the elusive hunt and compiled the research.

And so we present to you 10 outstanding schools across the country that build writers who may just become the next authors with scads of people lining up for their autograph.

10. chapman university.

Chapman University, BFA in creative writing

The first school on our list is Chapman University. Nestled in Orange, California, Chapman University sits on a lovely campus with palm trees in the backdrop. Chapman provides excellent opportunities for their creative young adults to become the writers they want to be. Along with traditional creative writing classes, the university also includes unique classes such as “Writing for Video Games” or “Writing the Graphic Novel.” Students can get involved in a couple different publications at Chapman, including Calliope , the literary and arts publication, and Ouroboros Magazine , the speculative story magazine . In addition, the teacher to student ratio is a solid 12:1 , giving students the opportunity to be seen and helped. And the people at college can make all the difference.

“I chose the Chapman creative writing program because it was close, but I stayed there because of the people. Both the students and teachers are amazing people who have a true passion for writing. It’s a growing program as well , so I expect it to continue to rise,” Chapman University graduate Ian Reafsynder said. 

The students and teachers are a special part of Chapman University, but Chapman understands the importance of bringing in expert writers as well. The John Fowles Center for Creative Writing has invited many writers to inspire and teach the Chapman creatives. The latest of them include Christopher Reid, Marino Magliani, Mikhail Shiskin and Andrei Kirkov. Chapman’s price lies on the steeper side for a BFA in Creative Writing, sitting at $62,400 for yearly tuition alone, but with all the other benefits, it is a strong contender on this list.  

9. University of Evansville

University of Evansville, BFA in creative writing

The University of Evansville is located in the Midwest in Evansville, Indiana. Even the stone architecture of the campus is enough to foster inspiration in a writer, especially if you’re one that thrives in a historical ambiance. But the University of Evansville’s appreciation for history doesn’t stop in Indiana. Evansville students get the opportunity to spend a summer or even a semester at Harlaxton College , a Victorian manor house in England. Getting to call a manor house home for a few months while growing as a writer is a wonderful opportunity that proves massively enticing for prospective students. 

But this isn’t the only opportunity for students at Evansville. Students can work with publications like The Evansville Review and Measure . In addition, every year, the University of Evansville hosts what they term “UE Litfest.” The school puts on an event where they host key speakers, reserve time for the students to present their papers and distribute awards. The last key speaker that visited the University of Evansville was Vanessa Rapatz, PhD who presented, “Hollow Crowns: Shakespeare’s Histories and Netflix’s The Crown.” The University of Evansville offers students excellent ways to grow through publication experience and learning from other writers.

8. Emerson College

Emerson College, BFA in creative writing

If you are looking for a college on the east coast for a BFA in Creative Writing, then Emerson College should certainly make that list. Located in the beautiful city of Boston, the school is set up to help writers prosper. Maybe the most unique opportunity that Emerson provides is “Pitch Slam,” where students are allowed one minute to present their pitch before a board of various editors with the hopes of every writer’s dream: publication. But this is not the only area that students can immerse themselves in publishing , for Emerson offers a myriad of ways to do so. 

“I chose Emerson after researching the best schools for creative writing. They offer many opportunities for internships in publishing, and they also provide opportunities for publishing my writing— there are multiple student-run organizations and magazines that I can submit my writing to! Emerson also helps connect students to jobs after college so I feel prepared for work life after school,” Emerson freshman Heather Thorn said. 

Emerson College presents a good handful of publications that students can gain experience with, whether as an author or editor. This includes EM Magazine , The Emerson Review , Concrete Literary Magazine and Your Magazine . The college also has a partnership with Penguin Random House Books where students can be mentored for a semester. This is a great choice for those seeking to explore literary magazines or publishing. 

7. University of North Carolina Wilmington

UNCW, BFA in creative writing

Emerson is not the only school that places great emphasis on the publishing aspect of writing. The University of North Carolina Wilmington gives students the chance to work toward an optional 15-hour certificate in publishing . The university also has a partnership with HarperCollins that allows BFA students as well as MFA students to be mentored by a prestigious and respected publishing house. In addition, UNCW’s publishing laboratory allows students to experience the publishing process hands-on from start to finish. This includes editing, designing and publishing experience. UNCW has some intensive training, but some amazing opportunities await the students.

“In our Bachelor of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing, approximately 130 majors and 65 minors study fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction,” UNCW Bachelor of Fine Arts Program Coordinator Tim Bass said. “Majors take two levels of workshops in all three genres before moving to advanced writing in topics such as essay writing, poetry in translation, environmental writing, ghost stories, writing as activism and the prose poem. Along the way, students complete classes in editing —we have a required grammar class— along with reading for craft and research for creative writers. Electives include classes in screenwriting and the creative process. Creative writing majors also have the option of taking publishing classes that lead to the 15-credit-hour Certificate in Publishing. Our degree requires completion of 63 credit hours, making it one of the most rigorous academic majors at UNCW. Our program is one of the few in the nation to offer such a variety of writing classes in all three genres, and to offer applied learning through our Publishing Laboratory.” 

Publications that students get to be involved in include Ecotone and Chautauqua . Lookout Books is also the imprint of UNCW. Books and chapbooks that students and their alumni have published through various places topple over the 200 mark . If publishing is your dream, this school is a strong contender. What’s more, it’s located in lovely North Carolina with pretty brick buildings. It has one of the lowest annual tuition fees of the schools on this list at $20,016. Whatever reason you pick for loving this school, there are several reasons why UNCW made our cut for the top ten schools for BFAs in creative writing. 

6. Stephens College

Stephens College, BFA in creative writing

While UNCW seems wonderful, there are yet more schools that compete with it. Stephens College might be considered a hidden delight — often unheard of, but stuffed with opportunities. It is primarily a women’s-only college with the exception of a few of their programs. Established in 1833, the buildings still reflect that historical beauty throughout the campus. In addition, the school aims to be one of the most pet-friendly campuses in the country, right there in Columbia, Missouri. But for the writer, there are many more benefits.

Students can participate in Harbinger , Stephens’ literary publication, and the annual “ Script Writers Showcase .” The college also hosts talented writers via their “Writers on the Edge” series. Recent guests have included Jill Orr and Laura McHugh, but other famous names top the list as well, such as Toni Morrison and Margaret Atwood. There’s also a spoken word troupe called “Poets of Infinity.” Stephens College puts on an historical costume exhibit in the spring, and creative writing students get to create flash fiction based on their imagination of the lives based on these costumes. What writer doesn’t love to imagine the possibilities, the past, and then bring that to life via the pen? With 67 credits in the major, students get the opportunity to truly hone in on their talents. And with a low student ratio of 8:1 , students receive plenty of space and attention.

5. Truman State University

Truman State University, BFA in creative writing

Stephens College is not the only school for those looking for a BFA in Creative Writing in Missouri. Truman State University also offers a BFA in Creative Writing located in Kirksville, Missouri. It is the least expensive college on this list at $17,532 for tuition annually. The university has several literary magazines that students can write or work for, including Windfall , The Green Hills Literary Lantern and Chariton Review. But the Truman Media Network also includes other student work opportunities, including the Index newspaper and a radio and TV news station. Truman really keeps students in the know. 

“My favorite aspect of our program is how communicative and caring it is. When a student has a new publication, everyone in the BFA program is going to hear about it. When there are relevant events on campus, everyone is going to hear about it. And when there’s an opportunity like an internship or a conference coming up— you guessed it, everyone is going to hear about it! I just love that, it makes it feel like a real, tight-knit community ,” Truman State University sophomore Celia Barbieri said. 

Truman also hosts the “ Ofstad Visiting Scholar Program ” to provide both teaching programs and readings. One of the most recent visits was from Alexandra Rowland who spoke on magic systems in literature and her book “Running Close to the Wind.” Dr. Taylor Jones also spoke on “Linguistics, Culture, and Conflict.” Some unique classes at Truman present students with the opportunity to learn about mythology, folklore and much more. Amazing that a Midwest state could harbor two schools with BFAs in creative writing.

4. Bowling Green State University

Bowling Green State University, BFA in creative writing

Bowling Green State University is next up. About 15 miles away from Toledo, Ohio, this campus blends the historical with the renovated and the modern . Students can work on staff for Prairie Margins or intern with the Mid-American Review . Students at Bowling Green are on a path to grow in their writing. Even their sample plan is laid out so students can bear in mind their mile markers, 1-16 until graduation. 

“The BFA in Creative Writing at BGSU begins with four foundational courses, including Techniques of Fiction and Techniques of Poetry,” BSGU English and Creative Writing Professor Lawrence Coates said. “After completing these courses, students take small-group workshops, with options including the Graphic Novel along with fiction and poetry, culminating in a capstone thesis. All students are required to complete either an internship or a course in literary editing and publishing, to provide professional experience in related fields. BGSU also hosts a lively literary scene, with weekly readings, opportunities to work on the literary journals Prairie Margins and Mid American Review, and Winter Wheat Festival of Writing.” 

The Winter Wheat Festival most recently occurred on Nov. 9-11 and consisted of workshops, keynote speakers, a book fair and over 40 workshops exploring a vast array of subjects. It featured workshops entitled, “Stories In Unexpected Packages: Mining The Mundane for Innovative Inspiration with Hannah Cajandig-Taylor,” “The Shapes of Our Stories with Joe Celizic” and “Micro-Fiction: Writing Windows Into Place and Time with Amanda Ellard.” Bowling Green presents students with a variety of ways to grow. One aspect of Bowling Green that sets it quite apart from other schools is its unique residential plan for their artists. Arts Village allows artists from various fields to both live and collaborate together. Some classes are even held at the village for convenience and to promote a sense of community within the village. Musicians, actors and writers can bounce creative ideas off of each other and live with one another.

3. Hamline University

Hamline University, BFA in creative writing

Heading up north to Saint Paul, Minnesota, we find another excellent school to obtain a BFA in creative writing. Hamline’s Old Main Hall is beautiful and the Giddens Learning Center that was funded by Andrew Carnegie pays credence to Hamline’s historical origins. There are a wealth of publications to choose from to gain experience and grow as a writer . The university has a student-led publication called the Fulcrum , which most recently published, “From the Dirt.” Hamline also has Untold Magazine , a lifestyle publication and The Oracle, a student newspaper about campus life. Hamline also produces Rock, Paper, Scissors and Runestone , the undergraduate publication that recently published, “Volume 9, Don’t Talk to Me about Runaway Bulls.” The university embraces the traditional forms of creative writing such as fiction and poetry, but also leans into digital storytelling , which can be greatly beneficial to a writer in this digitally-focused time.

2. Stephen F. Austin University

Stephen F. Austin University, BFA in creative writing

If you prefer warmer weather, consider Stephens F. Austin University located in Texas. With a great emphasis on nature and an abundance of gardens and walking trails, this campus alone creates a place of inspiration for students . But the campus isn’t the only reason that creatives go to Stephens F. Austin. What really drives students here is the preparation and experience they’ll have by graduation. 

“I think what makes our program special is our heavy emphasis on the Senior Thesis , which is a two semester progression where students work on a substantial project of their own choice— a novel, a collection of stories or poetry, or creative nonfiction. It’s like a preview of a master’s level project, ” Stephens F. Austin University English and Creative Writing professor John Mcdermott said.

Students also get the chance to work with HUMID, the student-run undergraduate literary magazine. Their most recent volume utilized the theme of coming of age through fiction, poetry, nonfiction, photography and art. Stephens F. Austin University even hosts a student-run creative writing club called Subplots, that gets students further plugged in and collaborating with one another . It is also on the lower side of the scale in terms of annual tuition cost at $23,200 . With a great writing program and a unique mascot, you very well should consider becoming a Lumberjack. 

1. Full Sail University

Full Sail University, BFA in creative writing

Last but far from least is our #1 ranked school on this list, Full Sail University. Located in Florida, this university is unique in so many ways . Full Sail breaks down their classes into 80 weeks or 20 months, an accelerated schedule to prepare students quickly while still achieving those 120 credit hours. The university has not just two yearly start dates, but monthly, making this program more flexible than other competitive programs. Plus, if you are in need of an online program, Full Sail’s BFA program in creative writing is set up to do just that without sacrificing quality or experience. 

“Full Sail’s Creative Writing Bachelor of Fine Arts sets itself apart through its diversity of scope, skills acquired and industries served. Our students are educated to be traditional storytellers who create stories that live within a variety of mediums,” Full Sail University Program Director of Creative Writing Noelani Cornell said. “They are encouraged to submit flash fiction early in the program to gain confidence. The students then progress to writing within different genres , from comedy and tragedy to horror, mystery and suspense, then to science fiction and fantasy.  After gaining some proficiency with the conventions of genre-writing, they progress into writing for different mediums . They learn to write for film, television (episodic and serial writing), games and interactive mediums and comics, as well as non-entertainment pursuits. While our students continue to hone their skills through character creation and development, genre and medium adaptions, they also learn how these skills can be tailored to work in diverse professional environments… They learn how writers must assess the skills they’ve developed in order to fulfill job requirements. At the beginning and end of Full Sail’s Creative Writing BFA, our main focus is to educate our students to become writers who are creative, adaptable and employable.” 

In addition, Full Sail University has hosted a writing conference for the past four years via Zoom. The last conference held close to 30 workshops or sessions like “AI Text Generators – Apocalypse or Golden Age for Writers?”, ”What I Wish I Knew Before Self-Publishing” and “Crafting the Mystery Novel.” The only hitch might be that the university doesn’t have any on-campus housing, but there is a housing guide to assist students in finding housing off-campus. Full-Sail provides an innovative and exciting approach to creative writing. 

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Should I get a BFA in Creative Writing?

February 26, 2016 by Richard 13 Comments

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I will start by saying I have a BFA in Creative Writing. I wanted to be a writer all my life. I signed up for school, found the BFA in Creative Writing and went for it. I didn’t know how lucky I was or how rare these programs.

I’ll start at the beginning. The difference between and BA in Creative Writing and BFA in Creative Writing tends to be workshop writing courses. BFAs usually focus on writing and shy away from literary courses. The programs are usually workshop heavy meaning you write a lot. You will have a writing course or more every semester, and you will study modern and contemporary writers. Things that shape writing right now, is the idea. BAs, a lot of the time, have literary courses dealing with classic or period works and do not have as many workshop courses.

If you want to write, BFAs are a great place. You can meet a lot of writers, share work, and you’ll have time to write. You’ll get much of the same information in a BFA program as in a MFA program.

With a BFA in Creative Writing you really have the same amount of job prospects as others who get an undergrad in communications. MFAs are not the same. If you get an MFA it’s a huge investment, and it’s a second degree. BFAs have a choice. They can go on to an MFA or go into law, education, media or other fields. It’s nice to have options. What I’m saying is getting a BFA is not, in my opinion as big of an investment as an MFA. You can get your feet wet and experience a little part of meeting and being a writer. You can go on to other things if you like, or move in to an MFA.

I had a blast in my BFA, and I highly recommend going through a program like this, if you can find one you like. Check the writers who are teaching the program. If you like their work, you are on the right track.

Here is a list of 30 universities that offer BFA in Creative Writing:

Arkansas Tech University, Chapman University, Brewton-Parker College, Savannah College of Art and Design, Columbia College Chicago, University of Evansville, Morehead State University, Murray State University, Spalding University, University of Maine at Farmington, Emerson College, Hamline University, Minnesota State University Mankato, Belhaven College, Stephens College, Truman State University, New Hampshire Institute of Art, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Institute of American Indian Arts, Brooklyn College of CUNY, Pratt Institute, State University of New York at Postdam, University of North Carolina-Wilmington, Bowling Green State University, Chatham University, Roger Williams University, Converse College, Stephen F. Austin State University, Goddard College, Johnson State College, University of British Columbia

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Linda Collison says

February 18, 2014 at 7:42 pm

I’m an author with many credits to my name and some awards, but no, you’ve never heard of me. I have an associates degree in Nursing, enough credits for a bachelor’s degree, but I’ve never jumped through the hoops. I studied history and French and wrote dozens of freelance articles and essays, published in literary and mainstream magazines. I have published six books – one of them by Knopf – which was recognized by the New York Public Library as one of the Books for the Teen Age – 2007.

So why do I want a creative writing degree? Because I love literary fiction and literary memoir. I want to make the connections and improve my craft. What I would really like is a MFA in creative writing, but since I don’t actually have a bachelor’s degree, I don’t think I can be accepted in any respected program. Yet, because of my significant writing and publishing experience, I feel I have earned the equivalent of a BA in creative writing.

Oh, I might mention I am 60 years old.

Any advice for this dame d’un certain age?

Richard says

March 3, 2014 at 9:28 am

The only thing I can say is talk to the local university. I think there may be some options. If you don’t have a BFA program near you, a BA or other writing program would be good, but ask the university about your options.

July 25, 2014 at 8:20 am

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago offers a BFA in Writing although Columbia College Chicago only offers BA’s. Just thought I should mention.

Renee Soasey says

February 19, 2016 at 11:28 am

To add to your list, Portland State University in Oregon is offering a BFA in Creative Writing beginning Spring Term 2016.

Every Writer says

February 19, 2016 at 12:27 pm

Thank you Renee!

Robert says

February 25, 2016 at 4:15 am

Penn State-Erie offers a BFA in creative writing also.

Tim Rogers says

February 27, 2016 at 12:45 am

I think that you will find that often the writing workshops in BFA programs are being led by grad students in the MFA program. Your exposure to the big-name professors will be limited, at best.

Linda, your experience(s) should trump having a bachelor’s degree in hand. I would think that making a simple inquiry to any program that you’re interested in attending before submitting a formal application and paying the fee would get you an honest response that they are interested in students with the best chances of succeeding in their program and reflecting well on them in the future. Your track record will speak volumes. Literally.

Varun Pandey says

June 24, 2016 at 5:25 am

Hello, thank you for the informative article… I have completed my BTech. in Mechanical Engineering from a University in India. I now want to pursue a full-time writing course in the United States… Will I be able to complete my BFA in two years having already done my Bachelors? Also can you list down some of the top colleges that offer BFA? Regards, Varun Pandey

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Ryan VC says

March 2, 2017 at 1:29 pm

Ringling College of Art + Design now offers a BFA in Creative Writing. What better place for a writer to thrive than in a creative, arts-centered environment like this?

http://www.ringling.edu/Creative-Writing

Dale Terrell says

March 14, 2017 at 11:25 pm

You missed the first, and best: University of Iowa

H&& says

June 5, 2021 at 11:47 pm

UIOwa doesn’t have a BFA in CW. Only an English & Creative Writing BA. And most of the undergraduate classes are taught by their MFA students so it isn’t as great as many think it is. I would know I’m going there.

March 15, 2017 at 5:09 am

Dale that list is coming.

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