30 Hours total (33 for Honors); 2.0 GPA or higher in major required to graduate
Course descriptions for individual semesters, including equivalency information, can be found here.
15 Hours -- English Core Courses (Choose 5 out of 6)
- ENGL 308 or equivalent
- Introduction to Literary Criticism and Theory (or an equivalent course that emphasizes literary-critical methodology). Students are urged to take English 308 before they enroll in a 500-level literature class.
- ENGL 312 or equivalent
- (Major British Writers to 1800) OR any other English course numbered 300 and above which focuses on British literature of at least one of the literary periods from the Middle Ages to 1800, excluding Shakespeare—(3 hours).
- ENGL 314 or equivalent
- (Major British Writers after 1800) OR any other English course numbered 300 and above which focuses on British literature of at least one of the literary periods from the Romantic Period to the present—(3 hours).
- A course in Shakespeare (ENGL 332 or 525)—(3 hours)
- ENGL 320 or equivalent
- (American Literature I) or any other English course numbered 300 and above which focuses on American Literature of at least one of the literary periods from Colonial times to 1865—(3 hours).
- ENGL 322 or equivalent
- (American Literature II) or any other English course numbered 300 and above which focuses on American Literature of at least one of the literary periods from 1865 to the present—(3 hours).
- 15 Hours -- Creative Writing Electives
- Fifteen (15) hours of creative writing courses, including work in at least two genres and at least one creative writing course at 500-level or higher. ENGL 495 (Directed Study) and ENGL 499 (Honors Essay), if done with a creative writing emphasis, may be applied toward these elective hours, as may ENGL 360 (when the topic is essay writing), English 355 (Nonfiction Writing I), ENGL 555 (Nonfiction Writing II) , FMS 373 (Intermediate Screenwriting), FMS 773 (Problems in Intermediate Screenwriting), and THR 709 (Advanced Dramatic Script Writing). For purposes of these requirements, all courses concerned with screenwriting, playwriting, and dramatic script writing will be considered work in a single genre. Any creative writing course numbered 500 or higher may be repeated once for credit.
- Other Requirements
Students who entered KU in Spring 2010 or later and intend to pursue the creative writing track must apply for admission. Students interested in Creative Writing must receive a 3.0 (B) or better in each of two 300+-level creative writing workshops before being admitted into the Creative Writing track. Consultation and portfolio review with creative writing faculty before choosing the Creative Writing track is highly recommended.
Although students will not be prevented from enrolling in further creative writing courses if they have not been accepted into the track, they risk losing major credit for courses if they must switch to the traditional or language, rhetoric and writing tracks.
At least two courses in the major must be Capstone Courses (courses taken at the 500-level or above and "LEC"). One must be a creative writing course; one may be a core equivalent.
Honors in English requires 33 hours in the major including 498 (which can be counted as a 500-level course) and 499.