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2020-2021 Greensburg Campus Catalog 
  May 24, 2024
2020-2021 Greensburg Campus Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Creative and Professional Writing, BA

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The Creative and Professional Writing major includes concentrations in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and journalism.  Students focus on a primary genre, but are encourageed to take courses in all genres.


Introductory Courses 2 courses (6 credits)

Complete two out of the three of the following introductory courses:

Writing Courses 6 courses (18 credits)

After completing the introductory courses, students are encouraged to declare a genre (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or journalism) and complete all courses in that genre.

Note: Introductory courses may not be used to satisfy this requirement.

Additional Requirements 4 courses (12 credits)

All students must complete four courses of English Literature electives as part of the major requirements.

Related Area 4 courses (12 credits)

These courses are in an area approved by the student’s Academic Advisor.


Students may often choose a Minor rather than a related area which is often a total of 15 credits depending on the chosen Minor.

Total Credits: 51

English Writing Capstone 1 course (3 credits)

This rigorous, senior-seminar course is taken during the student’s senior year.  Students complete a manuscript in their chosen genres and do a public presentation of their work as part of the course requirements.

Note: After earning 60 credits, Creative and Professional Writing majors must enroll in ENGCMP 1150 - Grammar and Copy Editing, to satisfy their final composition requirement.

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