English - Creative Writing (Bachelor of Arts)

The Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a concentration in Creative Writing requires a total of 120 hours. 

Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in Creative Writing may minor in Literature or Professional Writing, but may not minor in Creative Writing.  Students choosing to minor in Literature or Professional Writing may not double count any 200-, 300-, and 400-level coursework toward both the major and minor.

The major requires 39 hours of English and approved courses, which must include the following thirty-hour (30) English core.

Course Title Credits
English Major Core
EH 250Introduction to English Studies (WI)3
Literature Surveys6
Select one six-hour literature survey sequence from the following:
American Literature I
and American Literature II
Survey of English Literature I
and Survey of English Literature II
Honors Literature I
and Honors Literature II
World Literature I
and World Literature II
Creative and Professional Writing3
Select three (3) hours from the following:
Technical Writing (WI)
Writing for the Workplace (WI)
Writing for the Web (WI)
Writing for Social Media (WI)
Writing for Podcasts (WI)
Grantwriting
Introduction to Creative Writing
Creative Writing: Fiction
Creative Writing: Poetry
Creative Writing: Nonfiction
Creative Writing: Special Topics
Publishing Practicum
Internship
Playwriting and Screenwriting
Rhetoric and the Study of English as a Language3
Select three (3) hours from the following:
English Grammar
Advanced Grammar and Linguistics
Advanced Composition (WI)
Advanced Oral Communication
Theory of Speech
Theory of Composition
Advanced Argumentation (WI)
The History of the English Language
Literary History9
Select nine (9) hours from the following:
Film Noir, Classics, and Melodrama
Romantic Poetry
Twentieth-Century Poetry
Major Authors
Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature
The Literature of Young Adults
The American Novel
Contemporary Fiction
The Graphic Novel
Twentieth-Century Drama
Southern Literature
The Bible as Literature
Chaucer
Special Studies in the English Renaissance
Shakespeare's England
Shakespeare
The Art of the Film (WI)
American Drama
Eighteenth-Century Literature
Victorian Poetry
English Drama
Writing the Vietnam War
Milton
Alabama Literature
Special Topics in Film Studies
Literary Criticism
The English Novel
Twentieth-Century English Fiction
Current New York Theatre
Diversity3
Select three (3) hours from the following:
Survey of African American Literature I
Survey of African American Literature II
Native American Literature
Major Authors (if topic is applicable)
Women's Literature
Non-Western Literature
Contemporary African American Writers
Senior Capstone3
Capstone Seminar (WI)
Total Hours30

The Creative Writing concentration consists of nine (9) hours in addition to the English core classes.

Course Title Credits
Creative Writing Concentration9
Introduction to Creative Writing (required)
Select six (6) hours from the following:
Creative Writing: Fiction
Creative Writing: Poetry
Creative Writing: Nonfiction
Creative Writing: Special Topics
Publishing Practicum
Internship
Playwriting and Screenwriting
Total Hours9

For the English major, a minimum of 12 of the 39 hours must be taken at the 300/400 level at JSU.  The English major also requires 12 hours of a single foreign language (FL 101-102, FL 201-202).  Students who plan careers in education should contact Teacher Education Services in the School of Education, Ramona Wood Hall, Room 207, for information on certification and assessment into Education. 

In addition to courses noted below, candidates for graduation must successfully complete all JSU Academic Regulations. More information about general education requirements can be found in the Summary of Degrees/Requirements section of the catalog.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
FallHours
EH Composition sequence 3
Natural Science 4
MS 110 Finite Mathematics (or higher) 3
History Sequence 3
Social/Behavioral Science 3
STU 101 First Year Experience 0
 Hours16
Spring
EH Composition sequence 3
EH 141 Oral Communication 3
Natural Science 4
History Sequence 3
Elective 1
 Hours14
Sophomore
Fall
Fine Arts 3
Literature Sequence 3
Foreign Language sequence 1 3
EH 250 Introduction to English Studies (WI) 3
CS 201 Introduction to Information Technology 3
 Hours15
Spring
Literature Sequence 3
Foreign Language sequence 1 3
Social/Behavioral Science 3
EH 251 Introduction to Creative Writing 3
Rhetoric and the Study of English as a Language Course 3
 Hours15
Junior
Fall
Foreign Language sequence 1 3
Literary History Course 3
Creative Writing Course 3
Minor/Electives 6
 Hours15
Spring
Foreign Language sequence 1 3
Creative and Professional Writing Course 3
Diversity Literature Course 3
Minor/Electives 300+ 6
 Hours15
Senior
Fall
Creative Writing Course 3
Diversity Literature Course 3
Minor/Electives 300+ 9
 Hours15
Spring
EH 499 Capstone Seminar (WI) 3
Literary History Course 3
Minor/Electives 300+ 9
 Hours15
 Total Hours120