Welcome to the Creative Writing Major at WSU. Below, please find the curricular requirements for the major. In addition, there are ample ways to engage with students and faculty; see this overview of the creative writing community at WSU.
Core (2 courses, 6 credit hours):
- Engl 251: Introduction to Creative Writing: Exploring the Genres
- Engl 302: Introduction to English Studies
UPPER-DIVISION REQUIREMENTS (11 courses, 33 credit hours; Prerequisite of Engl 251 for any upper-division creative writing course):
- Engl 352: Creative Writing: Poetry
- One 300-level prose course from the following:
- Engl 351: Creative Writing: Fiction
- Engl 353: Creative Writing: Nonfiction
- Engl 446: Form and Theory in Creative Writing (Note: Prerequisite of two college-level creative writing courses for 446)
- Two advanced creative writing workshops from the following (courses repeatable for credit):
- Engl 451: Advanced Creative Writing: Prose
- Engl 452: Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry
- One course from the following:
- Engl 357: Editing and Publishing
- Engl 402: Technical and Professional Writing
- Engl 498: Internship in publishing or editing internship (3 credits)
- Engl 499: Independent Study in Creative Writing (3 credits)
- Three upper-division literature courses, including at least one at 400-level course. At least one course must be a writers-of-color class so designated by the Undergraduate Studies Committee. Advisor must approve all courses.
- One literature or creative writing elective.
Note: Majors in all options must have two [M] (writing intensive) courses in English. Of the 120 total credit hours required for the bachelor’s degree at WSU, forty credit hours must be in upper-division courses. For course descriptions and suggested four-year degree sequences, see the current WSU catalog.
In all options, students are required to complete an exit questionnaire before graduation.
- Comics Script/Graphic Book Writer
- Content Creator/Copywriter
- Creative Advertising Writer
- Creative Writing Instructor
- Freelance Writer
- Greeting Card Author
- Literary Agent
- Literary Editor
- Screenwriter/TV Script Writer
- Travel Writer
- Video Game Storyteller
- Writing Coach/Consultant