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Academic Program Guide


English (Creative Writing)


College: Arts and Sciences
Degree: BA
Limited Access: No

Contact: Jacques Toussaint
Address: 457 Williams Building, FSU Tallahassee, FL 32306
Phone: (850) 644-2676
Email:


Description of Major
The Department of English offers students a curriculum that is central to twenty-first century education. One of the largest degree programs within the College of Arts and Sciences, the major allows students to emphasize either "Literature, Media & Culture", or "Creative Writing" or "Editing, Writing & Media." Students may also pursue other specialized programs such as Honors in the Major, or independent courses of study. Undergraduate major coursework teaches students how to get more from what they read, and achieve more with what they write. It contributes to critical thinking, to the student's knowledge of human culture, to an understanding of poetry, fiction, drama, film, and non-fiction as cultural artifacts, fundamental to other bodies of human knowledge such as philosophy, history, religion, psychology, classics, and modern languages. In addition to its primary benefit of intellectual and empathetic growth, the English major also offers practical preparation for professional careers in teaching, professional writing, law, medicine , business, religious affairs, all levels of government service, and all aspects of the creative economy.


Prerequisite Coursework

Prospective transfer students should contact as-admissions@fsu.edu (Arts & Sciences Admissions) with specific questions about admission and mapping requirements.

Complete the following with a C minus grade or higher:

ENC X101 (3) Freshman Composition and
Rhetoric ENC X102 (3) Freshman Writing, Reading and Research
Or six (6) semester hours of English (ENC) coursework in which the student is required to demonstrate college-level English skills through multiple assignments.

Note: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of http://www.flvc.org .


Requirements

Requirements for Progression to the Upper-Division Major:
To be admitted, students must complete at least 52 hours of credit with an adjusted GPA of 2.00 on FSU coursework, and at least half the required hours in General Education, including all freshman English and mathematics, or have an AA degree.

Requirements for graduation in the College of Arts and Sciences include:
The College of Arts and Science requires proficiency in a foreign language through the intermediate (2220 or equivalent) level or sign language through the advanced (2614 or equivalent) level.

Major Program of Studies at FSU: (36 hours)

Thirty-six semester hours of English in courses at the 2000 level and above. At least twenty-one semester hours must be in courses at the 3000 and 4000 levels, including at least nine semester hours at the 4000 level. Honors thesis hours may be applied toward the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree, but only three semester hours will be accepted for major credit. One English course used to satisfy the humanities requirement for liberal studies may be counted as part of the major. All courses counted toward the major must carry the grade of "C minus" or better. A minor in another department is also required; all courses counted toward the minor also must carry the grade of "C minus" or better.

Concentration in Creative Writing:

Undergraduate Curriculum and Requirements

CORE REQUIREMENTS – 12 HOURS
(Students must complete all four courses)

• ENG 2012: Intro to English Studies
• ENC 3310: Article and Essay Technique
• CRW 3110: Fiction Technique
• CRW 3311: Poetic Technique

ADVANCED WRITING WORKSHOP – 6 HOURS
(Students must complete the corresponding Technique course)

• ENC 4311: Advanced Article and Essay Workshop
• CRW 4120: Advanced Fiction Workshop
• CRW 4320: Advanced Poetry Workshop

PRE-1900 BRITISH LITERATURE – 3 HOURS
(See an advisor for a list of courses)

LITERATURE ELECTIVES – 12 HOURS
(Students must complete four courses at 2000+ level)

• AML, ENL, or LIT Prefix

ENGLISH ELECTIVES – 3 HOURS
(Students must complete one course at 2000+ level)

• AML, ENL, LIT, CRW, ENC or ENG Prefix

Minor Coursework: (12 hours minimum)
At least 12 hours in an approved minor. Specific requirements are determined by the minor area.

Computer Skills Competency: (3 hours); Undergraduate majors in English satisfy this requirement by earning a grade of "C minus" or higher in CGS 2060, CGS 2100, CGS 2518, or EME 2040.

Oral Communication Competency: (0-3 hours)
Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. This requirement may be met with an approved college-level course.

Minimum Program Requirements - Summary
Min. Hrs. Required 120
General Education 36*
Major Coursework 36
Minor Coursework 12 minimum
Other Coursework 0-12 (depending on foreign language placement)
Computer Skills 3
Oral Competency 0-3
Electives to bring total hours to 120

*Note: 3 hours of English may be used to meet both General Education and Major Coursework requirements.


Mapping
Mapping is FSU’s academic advising and monitoring system. Academic progress is monitored each Fall and Spring semester to ensure that students are on course to earn their degree in a timely fashion. Transfer students must meet mapping guidelines to be accepted into their majors. You may view the map for this major at www.academic-guide.fsu.edu/.


Remarks
1. Students must complete a minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, 30 of which must be taken at this University.
2. Half of the major course semester hours must be completed in residence at this University.
3. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.


Employment Information
Salary Information: For more information go to: National Association of Colleges and Employers (www.naceweb.org) or the Occupational Outlook Handbook (www.bls.gov/ooh/home.htm) provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Representative Job Titles Related to this Major: Writer, Press Relations, Teacher, Critic, Personnel Officer, Archivist, Lawyer, Editor/Editorial Assistant, Researcher, Investigator, Administrative Officer, Reporter, Technical Writer, Management Trainee, Public Relations Specialist, Speech Writer, Legislative Assistant, Trainee, Information Specialist.

Representative Employers: Local School Boards; Universities, Colleges, Junior Colleges; Businesses; Publishers of Magazines, Newspapers, Books. An English major can qualify for a variety of positions in Education, State and Federal Government, and private industry and business. English majors are attractive to employers because of their classroom training in analysis, research, and interpretation, and because they are expected to be able to communicate effectively on paper or in public.


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