English Course Requirements

Concentration in Creative Writing

The concentration in Creative Writing is for students who have an abiding interest in developing their talent as novelists, short fiction or creative non-fiction writers, poets, and dramatists while still emphasizing a strong background in literary studies and general writing skills. Students in the concentration are prepared for lives as writers, which includes both career and graduate school preparation. By the end of the program students will have completed a full-length manuscript and have the necessary skills to submit their work. Students will also be prepared for graduate study in M.A., M.F.A., and Ph.D. programs emphasizing Creative Writing. The department’s emphasis on general writing skills and career-preparedness also ensures that students will be ready to enter the world of work, whether in publishing, freelance writing, or in numerous other writing-related fields.

ENG 210: Advanced Exposition

Class, race and other relevant social and cultural aspects of media audiences and impact will be investigated, as well as current trends in feminist theory and criticism that come to bear on the production of popular culture in society. This course includes a service learning component. CC, WS, WI


ENG 220: Creative Writing

Introduces students to techniques and skills in writing the four major genres of creative writing: poetry, fiction, drama, and creative non-fiction. Class will consist of craft exercises, critical renderings of others’ work, self-reflective analysis, and the completion of four distinct projects in portfolio format. ART


ENG 212: Technical Writing

Examination of and practice in technical writing. Emphasis on developing effective style after analysis of purpose and audience. Analyses and assignments in formulating definitions, mechanical and process descriptions, reports, proposals, and technical presentations. WI

MCM 301: Journalism II

Continued study of media writing and design, including magazine journalism, genre-based journalism (including electronic), advertising copywriting, writing for public relations, and desktop publishing via the Adobe Creative Suite. Prerequisite: MCM 201. WI

ENG 290: Shakespeare's Tragedies and Romances

Critical reading of representative tragedies, romances, and genres, including a thorough introduction to Shakespeare and his sonnets. LIT, WI


ENG 345: Shakespeare's Histories and Comedies

Critical reading of representative histories and comedies, including a strong theoretical approach to the texts. Prerequisite for the 500-level course: permission of instructor. HWC, LIT, WI


ENG 311: Structure of the English Language

Linguistic analysis of phonemic, morphemic, and syntactic structure of English. Study of significant language change from the Old English through the modern period. Examination of theories surrounding the development of language; the status of language in the world today; and constructs of idiolect and etymology. 500-level involves extra study of language acquisition. Projects involve field research. Prerequisite for the 500-level course: permission of instructor.


ENG 320: Advanced Creative Writing

A follow-up to the English 220 course. Includes detailed craft and skill-building instruction, written and oral peer-critiquing, self-reflective analysis, regular examination of contemporary trends in creative writing, workshops on publication, and the completion of several significant projects. Prerequisite: ENG 220. ART


ENG 420: Thesis in Creative Writing

Completion of a significant project in creative writing: a manuscript of poems, short stories, fiction, creative non-fiction, or drama. Prerequisite: ENG 321/323/325.


ENG 459/460: Honors Thesis
ENG 355: Internship in Writing
ENG 400: Assessment Portfolio (.5 credit)

Students must also complete three additional courses from the offerings in literature in English. At least two of the four literature courses (which would include the Shakespeare course) must be at the 300 level. No 100-level English courses count toward the completion of the concentration.

Students must also take four courses from a subject area other than English, which can be satisfied by: 1) constructing a coherent subject area from a single department or from multiple departments with approval from her/his adviser; 2) earning a formal Wilson College minor; or 3) declaring a double major in another subject area.

Coursework is supplemented by annual seminars in genres, markets and master classes by visiting writers that all students in the concentration are encouraged to attend.