Curriculum Structure and Credit Requirements
To complete an interdisciplinary major in English and Creative Writing, a student must do 11 English courses and 5 Creative Writing courses. The course break-up is as follows:
11 English courses:
Forms of Literature
Introduction to Literary Theory
3 Survey Courses
Early British Literature
Literature in the Age of Empire
6 English Electives
1 Critical Thinking Seminar*
2 1000/2000-level courses**
3 3000-level courses
Up to 2 cross-listed courses from another department can count towards these electives.
*The Critical Thinking Seminar is a requirement for batches from the incoming Undergraduate Batch of 2023. Previous batches can count a CTS towards their interdisciplinary major, but they are not required to do so. Instead, they can fulfill this requirement by taking another 1000/2000-level elective.
**English majors can take a maximum of ONE approved language course in an approved language (Sanskrit, Persian, Greek, Latin, Old English) instead of one of their required 1000/2000-level electives.
5 Creative Writing courses:
Introduction to Creative Writing
Craft of Writing
Any 2 Creative Writing Workshops
Publishing Seminar (to be taken in the semester before your graduate)
Students will produce a thesis in creative writing to complete their interdisciplinary BA (Hons.) in English and Creative Writing. It can be in a genre of their choice: poetry, fiction, or nonfiction — in short or long-form. The minimum length for a prose thesis is 25,000-30,000 words; for poetry, the minimum length is 10, 000 words. This thesis will be accompanied by a 3000-word critical introduction, which can be either an academic essay or a reflection on one’s own writing process. Students will work on editing the drafts of their theses as a community in their Publishing Seminar.