Creative Writing Curriculum

CW Contact

Cathy Wagner, Director of
Creative Writing
cwagner@miamioh.edu

Major Requirements 

(for students entering Miami University in August 2014 or later)

Creative Writing majors in this program complete 39 hours of courses, beginning with two introductory courses in creative writing and literary and cultural studies. After this introduction, majors complete 33 hours of coursework: four creative writing courses; five literature courses chosen according to the distribution requirements outlined below, a senior capstone, and an elective. For descriptions of courses, consult the Miami Bulletin; for descriptions of courses not listed in the Bulletin, consult the Department.

1. Introductory Courses (6 hours)

  • A. Introduction to Creative Writing (3 credit hours)
    ENG 226 Introduction to Creative Writing
  • B. Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies (3 credit hours)
    ENG 298 Introduction to Literary Studies

2. Creative Writing Courses (12 hours)

Choose four:

  • ENG 213 Writing for Media (3)
  • ENG 320 Intermediate Creative Writing: Fiction (3; maximum 6)
  • ENG 321 The Literary Marketplace (3)
  • ENG 323 Creative Non-Fiction (3)
  • ENG 330 Intermediate Creative Writing: Poetry (3; maximum 6)
  • ENG 420 Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction Workshop (3)
  • ENG 422 Creative Writing: Screenwriting (3)
  • ENG 423 Advanced Creative Writing: Nonfiction Workshop (3; maximum 6)
  • ENG 430 Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry Workshop (3)

 NOTES:

1. ENG 226 is a prerequisite for ENG 320, ENG 323, and ENG 330. ENG 320 is the prerequisite for ENG 420; ENG 323 is the prerequisite for ENG 423; ENG 330 is the prerequisite for ENG 430.

2. Students must take an intermediate and advanced course in poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction (i.e. ENG 330 + ENG 430; ENG 320 + ENG 423; or ENG 320 + ENG 420).

3. Senior Capstone (3 hours)

Choose one:

  • ENG 460 Issues in Creative Writing (3)
  • ENG 495 Capstone in Literature (3)

4. English Elective Hours (3 hours)

Choose an elective from the English Department (in creative writing, literature, professional writing, or linguistics) at the 200 level and above, or choose an elective at the 200 level and above from a related area outside the English Department. Please see below for a list of pre-approved elective courses.

  • CHI 251 Traditional Chinese Literature in English Translation (3)
  • CHI 255 Drama in China and Japan in Translation (3)
  • CHI 257 Chinese Satire (3)
  • CLS 211 Greek and Roman Epic (3)
  • CLS 212 Greek and Roman Tragedy (3)
  • CLS 218 Greek and Roman Erotic Poetry (3)
  • CMS 201 Introduction to Comparative Media Studies (3)
  • DST 278 Women and (Dis)ability: Fictions and Contaminations of Identity (3)
  • DST 329 Disability Poetics and Narrative Theory (3)
  • FRE 350 Topics in French Literature in Translation (3)
  • FRE 356 Contemporary Jewish Fiction in Europe (3)
  • FRE 366 French Cinema in Translation
  • FST/GER 261 German Cinema (3)
  • FST/ITL 262 Italian Cinema (3)
  • FST/RUS 263 Soviet and Post-Soviet Russian Cinema (3)
  • FST/CHI 264 Chinese Cinema and Culture (3)
  • FST/JPN 266 Survey of Japanese Cinema (3)
  • GER 231 Folk and Literary Fairy Tales (3)
  • GER 251 The Holocaust in German Literature, History, and Film (3)
  • GER 260 Topics in German Literature in Translation (3)
  • JPN 231 Japanese Tales of the Supernatural in English Translation (3)
  • JRN 201 Reporting and News Writing (3)
  • LAS 254 Latino/a Literature and the Americas (3)
  • RUS 250 Topics in Russian Literature in English Translation (3)
  • RUS 251 The Eastern European Vampire Tradition in Folklore, History, and Literature (3)
  • RUS 253 Jewish Identity and Russian Literature (3)
  • RUS 258 Contemporary Russian Women’s Writing (3)
  • THE 238 Playwriting Through Improvisation (3)
  • WGS 335 Women in the Bible (3)

5. Literature Courses (15 hours)

 I. Genre (3 credit hours)

Choose one:

  • ENG 123 Introduction to Poetry (3)
  • ENG 124 Introduction to Fiction (3)
  • ENG 231 The Short Story (3)
  • ENG 311 Reading for Creative Writing: Contemporary Literature (3)
  • ENG 386 Studies in Drama and Performance (3)
  • ENG 387 Studies in Poetry (3)
  • ENG 388 Studies in Prose (3)
  • ENG 450 Studies in Genre (3) 

 II. Literature of Earlier Periods (6 hours)

Choose two. No more than one 100-level course may be used to fulfill literature requirements. No more

than one course can focus on Shakespeare. ENG 440, 450, and 490 MAY count when the topic/time period

is appropriate.

  • [ENG 131/132] **Now ENG 272/273**
  • ENG 134 Introduction to Shakespeare (3)
  • [ENG 141] **Now ENG 275**
  • ENG 221 Shakespeare and Film (3)
  • ENG 272 English Literature to 1660 (3) [previously ENG 131]
  • ENG 273 English Literature 1660-1901 (3) [previously ENG 132]
  • ENG 275 American Literature to 1900 (3) [previously ENG 141 and ENG 142]
  • ENG 327 Medieval Literature (3)
  • ENG 328 16th-Century Literature (3)
  • ENG 331 17th-Century Literature (3)
  • ENG 332 Early British Women Writers (3)
  • ENG 335 18th-Century Literature (3)
  • ENG 336 African American Writing, 1746-1877 (3)
  • ENG 339 British Romanticism, 1789-1837 (3)
  • ENG 349 Early American Literature (3) \
  • ENG 349 Early American Literature (3)
  • ENG 352 Antebellum American Literature (3)
  • ENG 372/373 Shakespeare’s Plays: Early/Late Works (3, 3)
  • ENG 374 English Renaissance Drama (3)

 III. Literature of Later Periods (6 hours)

Choose two. No more than one 100-level course may be used to fulfill literature requirements. ENG 440, 450, and 490 may count when the topic/time period is appropriate.

  • [ENG 133] **Now ENG 274**
  • ENG 142-143 ** Now ENG 276**
  • ENG 232 Women Writers (3)
  • ENG 246 Native American Literature (3)
  • ENG 248 Asian American Literature (3)
  • ENG 254 Latino/a Literature and the Americas (3)
  • ENG 269 Colonial and Postcolonial Literature (3)
  • ENG 274 English Literature, 1901-Present (3) [previously ENG 133]
  • ENG 276 American Literature, 1900-Present (3) [previously ENG 142 and ENG 143]
  • ENG 293 Contemporary American Fiction (3)
  • ENG 337 African American Writing, 1878-1945 (3)
  • ENG 338 African American Writing, 1946-Present (3)
  • ENG 339 British Romanticism, 1789-1837 (3) 
  • ENG 343 Victorian Literature, 1837-1901 (3)
  • ENG 345 British Modernism (3)
  • ENG 347 Postwar British Literature (3)
  • ENG 348 Ethnic American Literatures (3)
  • ENG 353 American Realism and Naturalism (3)
  • ENG 354 American Modernism (3)
  • ENG 355 Contemporary American Literature (3)

 IV. Minority, Ethnic, or Women’s Literature (3 hours)

NOTE: The course taken in order to fullfill a separate literature requirement may also count towards this requirement. This requirement may also be fulfilled by a course taken as elective hours.

  • ENG 169 Disability and Literature (3)
  • ENG 232 Women Writers (3)
  • ENG 237 GLBTQ Literature (3)
  • ENG 246 Native American Literature (3)
  • ENG 248 Asian American Literature (3)
  • ENG 254 Latino/a Literature and the Americas (3)
  • ENG 269 Colonial and Postcolonial Literature (3)
  • ENG 332 Early British Women Writers (3)
  • ENG 336 African-American Writing, 1746-1877 (3)
  • ENG 337 African-American Writing, 1878-1945 (3)
  • ENG 338 African-American Writing, 1946-Present (3)
  • ENG 348 Ethnic American Literatures (3)
  • ENG 351 Cultural Politics of Gender and Sexuality in Asian/America (3) 
  • ENG 356 Women and Gender in Film (3)