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- Department of English
- English Major, Creative Writing Emphasis
This information is part of the Colgate University catalog, 2022-23.
Students interested in the major with an emphasis in creative writing should talk with the department chair or with a member of the department who teaches the writing workshops in order to plan an appropriate program of study.
Juniors and seniors who come to the major later in their undergraduate careers will normally substitute designated upper-level courses for the two required 200-level courses; however, with the permission of the chair they may enroll in ENGL 200 or 201.
English majors may pursue an eleven-course sequence leading to a degree in English with an emphasis in creative writing. The sequence of courses must include the following:
A course in postcolonial literature at the 200 or 300 level
- ENGL 202 - Justice and Power in Postcolonial Literature
- ENGL 207 - New Immigrant Voices
- ENGL 208 - Sex and the Global City
- ENGL 240 - Latinx Literature
- ENGL 329 - Inventing Ireland
- ENGL 333 - African/Diaspora Women's Narrative
- ENGL 335 - Searching for Home in South Asian Literatures: Gender, Nation, Narration
- ENGL 337 - African Literature
- ENGL 349/THEA 349 - Global Theater
- ENGL 363 - Contemporary Fiction (when so designated)
300- and 400-level Electives
Four full-credit courses at the 300 and 400 level, one of which must be a 400-level seminar in literature; (that is, ENGL 477, ENGL 489, ENGL 490, and ENGL 491 do not meet the seminar requirement). Among the courses taken at the 300 or 400 level must be two courses in literature before 1800. Only one of the courses meeting the pre-1800 requirement may be ENGL 321/THEA 321 or ENGL 322/THEA 322.
Instructor permission is necessary for admission to creative writing courses at the 300 or 400 levels.
Three workshops chosen from among the following:
- ENGL 217 - Introductory Workshop in Creative Writing (may be taken only once)
- ENGL 374 - Creative Nonfiction Workshop
- ENGL 377 - Fiction Writing Workshop
- ENGL 378 - Poetry Writing Workshop
- ENGL 379 - Literary Journalism
- ENGL 477 - Advanced Workshop
- ENGL 491 - Independent Study
Passing grades must be earned in all courses counted for this major, with a GPA of 2.00 averaged over all courses taken in the department.
Honors and High Honors
Students interested in pursuing honors can find the additional requirements on the English department page.
For more information about the department, including Faculty, transfer credit, awards, etc., please visit the English Department catalog page.