Course Requirements

The creative writing major is only available through our distance education program. The creative writing minor is available through both the campus and distance-based programs.

Creative Writing Major - (39 credit hours)

A baccalaureate degree at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College requires at least 125 credit hours. In addition to the general studies courses and electives to graduate as a Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College creative writing major you need to complete at least 39 credit hours in writing and related courses:

Creative Writing Major - Required Courses

33 Credit hours required: all courses listed. EN150 is repeated three times.

Study of poetry, prose and drama through oral interpretation. Analysis of literary texts by way of performance. Preparation for platform reading.

Students participate in the production of the College's publication, the Aurora. Course may be taken more than once.

Introduces techniques in writing fiction, drama, poetry, and certain kinds of expository prose. Satisfies English Education, professional writing, and creative writing requirements.

Advanced techniques in writing fiction, drama, poetry, and certain kinds of expository prose.Satisfies Professional Writing and Creative Writing requirements. As needed. Prerequisite: EN 212 or instructor‘s consent.

Study of poetic forms, sounds, images, figures with an emphasis on poems writing for professional writing majors and creative writing minors. As needed. Prerequisite: EN 212 or instructor‘s consent.

Offers students guided practice in writing essays in a flexible, contemporary genre familiar to readers of memoir and literary journalism. Students draw on personal experience to produce essays that are conversational in tone and non-traditional in structure and may also include factual report or research. As needed.

Analysis of drama to illustrate techniques of playwriting as artistic expression. Students will also write their own monologues and scenes. As needed.

Explores the works of women writers as perceptive recorders of the human experience through their art. Satisfies Women‘s Studies minor requirements.

Analyzes examples of fiction to illustrate narrative modes and examine creative writing techniques, such as plot, characterization, point of view, description, and style. Students create examples of fiction. As needed. Prerequisite: EN 212 or instructor‘s consent.

Investigates the role of journalism in society and teaches foundational skills for writing clear and effective news stories for multiple media platforms. Includes practical exercises in brainstorming, gathering, analyzing and organizing information, emphasizing critical thinking and public affairs. Fall,off years.

A study of how the media affects multiple aspects of our lives. Students will explore definitions of mass media, forms of mass communication, and societal, ethical, and legal issues that mass communication raises for the present and the future. Fall, every year.

Creative Writing Major - Electives

Two electives from advanced English or Journalism courses (200 level or above). Courses in English grammar and technical writing are highly recommended.

Creative Writing Minor - (18 credit hours)

The creative writing minor requires the completion of 18 credit hours of creative writing and related coursework.

Creative Writing Minor - Required Courses

18 credit hours required: all courses listed.

Analysis of drama to illustrate techniques of playwriting as artistic expression. Students will also write their own monologues and scenes. As needed.

Introduces techniques in writing fiction, drama, poetry, and certain kinds of expository prose. Satisfies English Education, professional writing, and creative writing requirements.

Reading and discussing theory of writing for children and adolescents, as well as practice in writing stories and poems for young people. As needed.

Advanced techniques in writing fiction, drama, poetry, and certain kinds of expository prose.Satisfies Professional Writing and Creative Writing requirements. As needed. Prerequisite: EN 212 or instructor‘s consent.

Study of poetic forms, sounds, images, figures with an emphasis on poems writing for professional writing majors and creative writing minors. As needed. Prerequisite: EN 212 or instructor‘s consent.

Analyzes examples of fiction to illustrate narrative modes and examine creative writing techniques, such as plot, characterization, point of view, description, and style. Students create examples of fiction. As needed. Prerequisite: EN 212 or instructor‘s consent.

Information about Course Requirements
We do our best to keep this information updated, but you should always double-check to ensure you are meeting graduation requirements. For the most current course requirements please review the latest undergraduate college catalog.  Always consult your academic advisor when registering for courses or when you have questions about course requirements.