BA in Creative Writing

Program Requirements

A minimum total of 120 credit hours is required for the BA in creative writing. In addition to meeting the requirements of the WSU General Education Program and the requirements of Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, students must meet the following requirements:

A student planning to major in creative writing must complete ENGL 101 and ENGL 102 and thereafter complete 33 credit hours of coursework in English, including the following courses. A minimum of 24 credit hours must be taken at the upper-division (300 or above) level.

Course Title Hours
General Education
Select courses to meet General Education requirements 134-35
College Requirements
Select courses to complete all LAS Competency Areas 136
Basic Requirements
ENGL 101College English I3
ENGL 102College English II3
ENGL 322Origins of Western Literature3
or ENGL 323 World Literature
ENGL 310Nature of Poetry3
ENGL 320The Nature of Drama3
or ENGL 330 Nature of Fiction
Select an English literature class numbered 300 or above3
Major Requirements
ENGL 285Introduction to Creative Writing 23
Skill Requirements
Select at least 12 credit hours from the following12
Fiction Writing 3
Poetry Writing 3
Creative Nonfiction Writing 3
Fiction Workshop 3
Poetry Workshop 3
Scriptwriting I
Scriptwriting II
Writer's Tutorial: Prose Fiction 3
Writer's Tutorial: Poetry 3
Or university honors English courses (1–3)
Major Electives
Select at least 6 credit hours of upper-division hours from any other area of emphasis within the English department6
Open Electives
Select enough electives to reach 120 credit hours10-11
Total Credit Hours120

Required major courses may also count towards General Education and/or LAS Competencies. Students will need to select additional electives to reach 120 credit hours required for graduation with assistance from an advisor.


To be completed with a grade of B- or better or receive departmental consent for further creative writing coursework.


May be repeated once for credit.

Applied Learning

Students in the BA in creative writing program are required to complete an applied learning or research experience to graduate from the program. The requirement can be met by successful completion of one of two courses: ENGL 401 Fiction Workshop or ENGL 403 Poetry Workshop.