Bachelor of Arts/Science in English - Creative Writing Emphasis

The Bachelor of Arts / Science in English with a Creative Writing emphasis has five basic components:

  1. General Education and Institutional requirements
  2. Foreign Language Requirement (Bachelor of Arts only)
  3. Core Discipline Requirements
  4. Emphasis Requirements
  5. Electives: college-level courses from any prefix to meet Graduation Requirements

DSU General Education & Institutional Requirements

All DSU General Education and Institutional requirements must be fulfilled. A previously earned degree may fulfill those requirements, but courses must be equivalent to DSU’s minimum General Education standards in American Institutions, English, and Mathematics.

Institutional Requirement in Computer Literacy
Computer Literacy0-6
General Education Core Requirements
Information Literacy0-1
American Institutions3-6
Life Sciences 3-10
Physical Sciences3-5
Laboratory Science0-1
Fine Arts3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Exploration 3-5
Two (2) Global & Cultural Perspectives Courses0-6
Bachelor of Arts: Foreign Language Requirement3-16
Complete one of the following:
- Complete 16 credits in a single foreign language, through earned credit (grade C or higher), credit by examination, or vertical credit from the courses listed on the GE Foreign Language Requirement page 1
- Complete a 2020 or higher foreign language course (grade C or higher)
- Complete a 3060 foreign language course listed below (grade C or higher)
- Receive 16 transfer credits for GEFL 1000 (8) and GEFL 2000 (8) in a single foreign language (grade C or higher)
Complete a 1020 course listed below in a second foreign language (grade C or higher) AND one of the following:
1. In a language not taught at DSU, receive 12 FLATS exam credits for FLAT 1000 (8) and FLAT 2000 (4)
2. In a language not taught at DSU, receive 12 transfer credits articulated as GEFL 1000 (8) and GEFL 2000 (4) (all grade C or higher)
Available only to students who are nonnative English speakers, complete one of the following:
- Complete 16 credits of ESL courses listed below (grade B or higher)
- Complete ESL 2750 or ESL 2760 (grade B or higher).
- Submit one of the following test scores required for unconditional DSU admission: TOEFL (61 iBT, 173 CBT, or 500 PBT); or Michigan (70); or USU-IELE equivalent score. Other tests may be accepted for admission to DSU but will not fulfill this requirement. Official scores must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.
Total Hours3-16

General Education Foreign Language Classes may be found on the General Education page.

Core Discipline Requirements
ENGL 1410Elements of Grammar3
ENGL 2600Critical Introduction to Literature3
ENGL 3030Advanced College Writing3
ENGL 3220Multi-Ethnic American Lit3
ENGL 3810History and Structure of the English Language3
ENGL 4700Senior Capstone3
ENGL 2400American Lit Before 18653
or ENGL 2410 American Lit After 1865
or ENGL 2500 British Literature Before 1800
or ENGL 2510 British Literature After 1800
Emphasis Requirements
ENGL 2140RCreative Writing3
ENGL 3140Fiction Writing3
ENGL 3141Poetry Writing3
ENGL 3142Creative Nonfiction Writing3
ENGL 3145The Creative Writing Portfolio3
Emphasis Electives
Complete three of the following:
ENGL 3180Writing for Interactive Media3
ENGL 3340Exploring Scientific Writing3
ENGL 3360Writing Magazines Trade Jrnls3
ENGL 3720Editing3
FILM 3620Advanced Screenwriting3
THEA 3420Playwriting3
ENGL 4140Advanced Fiction Technique3

NOTE: ENGL 2140R may be used only once to fulfill emphasis requirements but may be repeated to fulfill degree electives.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 120 college-level credits (1000 and above).
  2. Complete at least 40 upper-division credits (3000 and above).
  3. Complete at least 30 upper-division credits at DSU for institutional residency.
  4. Cumulative GPA 2.0 or higher.
  5. Grade C or higher in each English Core and Emphasis course.

Graduation Plan

Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
ENGL 1001 FYE: English/Humanities 1
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
ENGL 2400
American Lit Before 1865 (General Education: Literature/Humanities)
or American Lit After 1865
or British Literature Before 1800
or British Literature After 1800
LIB 1010 Information Literacy 1
MATH 1000 Transitional Mathematics II (Or elective) 3
Foreign Language (Beginning I) 4
Spring Semester
ENGL 2600 Critical Introduction to Literature 3
ENGL 2010 Interm Writing Selected Topics: 3
ENGL 2140R Creative Writing 3
Foreign Language (Beginning II) 4
General Education (Mathematics) 3
2nd Year
Fall Semester
ENGL 1410 Elements of Grammar 3
CIS 1200 Computer Literacy 3
Foreign Language (Intermediate I) 4
General Education (Exploration/GLOCUP) 3
General Education (Fine Arts) 3
Spring Semester
ENGL 3810 History and Structure of the English Language 3
Foreign Language (Intermediate II) 4
General Education (American Institutions) 3
General Education (Social & Behavioral Sciences) 3
General Elective 3
3rd Year
Fall Semester
ENGL 3030 Advanced College Writing 3
ENGL 3142 Creative Nonfiction Writing 3
ENGL 3220 Multi-Ethnic American Lit (GLOCUP) 3
General Education (Life Sciences/Lab) 4
Spring Semester
ENGL 3141 Poetry Writing 3
Creative Writing Emphasis Elective 3
General Education (Physical Sciences) 3
Upper Division Elective 3
General Elective 3
4th Year
Fall Semester
ENGL 3145 The Creative Writing Portfolio 3
Creative Writing Emphasis Elective: Upper Division 3
Creative Writing Emphasis Elective: Upper Division 3
Upper Division Elective 3
General Elective 3
Spring Semester
ENGL 3140 Fiction Writing 3
ENGL 4700 Senior Capstone 3
Upper Division Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 2
 Total Hours120