Creative Writing

Degree Plan

Creative writing is one of the fastest growing degree programs. According to the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, in 1975 the number of schools with creative writing degrees was 79; in 2009 that number was 822. This has resulted in a greater need for creative writing instructors at all educational levels. Students who enroll in undergraduate creative writing programs should be better prepared for graduate studies and for teaching positions. The degree could also apply to a number of other professions. As DW Fenza, the director of AWP claims, “many graduates of creative writing programs have enjoyed successful careers in advertising, public relations, journalism, publishing, arts administration, and technical writing.” Thus, a creative writing degree is an excellent choice for those interested in producing or promoting the literary arts. Want to learn more? Request information on the programs that interest you.

Creative Writing will prepare students for careers and jobs in writing, publishing, and teaching.

Some of the courses may be used as elective classes for those with an English concentration. The creative writing courses may also appeal to education majors.

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Course of Study:

Students will satisfy the Core Curriculum Requirements for the B.A. in Humanities

Creative Writing Concentration:

  • Students will take ENGL 2313: Introduction to Creative Writing

Students will choose 6 credit hours from among the following:

  • ENGL 3315: Creative Nonfiction Writing
  • ENGL 3318: Fiction Writing
  • ENGL 3319: Poetry Writing
  • ENGL 3328: Screenwriting

Students will choose 6 credit hours from among the following:

  • ENGL 4315: Advanced Creative Nonfiction Writing Workshop
  • ENGL 4318: Advanced Fiction Writing Workshop
  • ENGL 4319: Advanced Poetry Writing Workshop
  • ENGL 4328: Advanced Screenwriting

Students will take 3 credit hours of ENGL 3312: Grammar and Rhetoric

Rotation of Courses:

  • ENGL 2313 will be offered each fall semester beginning in the fall 
  • One 3300 course will be offered each fall and each spring beginning in the spring 
  • One 4300 course will be offered each fall and each spring beginning in the fall

Our writing faculty includes prize-winning authors such as Dagoberto Gilb, Diana Lopez, Charles Alexander, Saba Razvi, A.J. Ortega, and Beverly Lowry.

Contact Your Advisor

Ms. Boyd is available at the Victoria campus for advising. Advisors help students with 45 or more hours via face-to-face, phone, or email. Students with fewer than 45 hours will need to contact a Student Success Coach for advisement. Appointments are required.  Please call 361-570-4201 to schedule an appointment.