Creative Writing Major- Poetry
"There is a foundation of language that can best be communicated by studying poetry... It's not just learning about the surfaces of an art form. You can't merely rhyme; you have to learn how to sing. You have to learn to be plain when that's appropriate." -Professor Mary Kinzie
Quote from "An Amazing Adventure: The English Major in Writing Turns Thirty" by Lisa Stein which appeared in Cross Currents Magazine, Spring/Sumer 2010 Volume 11, Number 1.
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE CREATIVE WRITING MAJOR - POETRY
15 Courses, as follows: (Note: No creative writing course may be taken pass/fail or audited)
Three Introductory Courses* (only two are needed for application to the major)
206 Reading & Writing Poetry**
207 Reading & Writing Fiction (pre-requisite: 206)
208 Reading & Writing Creative Nonfiction (pre-requisite: 206)
Year-long Creative Writing Sequence (3 credits):
393 Theory & Practice of Poetry
392 The Situation of Writing
Six 300-level literature classes*** (from English Department offerings ONLY):
2 on material written prior to 1798
2 on material written after 1798
2 from any era
Two non-literature, Related Courses****
from other department(s) that broaden a student’s background for the study of literature. Must be approved by a creative writing advisor
* The School for Continuing Studies also offer courses under English 206, 207, and 208. These courses do not count toward the English Major in Creative Writing.
** Freshmen may not enroll in this class until their first spring quarter. In order to keep the class open to potential majors and minors, seniors may not take 206.
*** Students who have completed both sections of either American Literary Traditions (270-1,2) or British Literary Traditions (210-1,2) can use these two courses to
count as ONE of these six literature courses.
**** Students with a second major or a minor will be considered to have completed this requirement.