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Murray State University BFA program in creative writing

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BFA in Creative Writing

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree

 

CIP 23.1302

 

   

University Studies Requirements

44-47 hours

(See Academic Degrees and Programs)   
   

Required Courses

25 hours

ENG 099 Transitions

 

ENG 221 Introduction to English Studies

 

ENG 303 British Literature to 1760

 

ENG 304 British Literature, 1760 to the Present

 

ENG 311 American Literature to 1890

 

ENG 312 American Literature, 1890 to
  the Present

 

ENG 321 Research in Literary Studies

 

ENG 334 Shakespeare

 

and one of the following:

 

ENG 309 History of the English Language

 

ENG 310 Introduction to English Linguistics

 

   

Concentration Required Electives

15 hours

Choose one of the following concentrations:

 

   

Concentration in Fiction

 

ENG 341 Introduction to Writing Fiction *

 

ENG 408 Forms of Fiction

 

ENG 415 Writer’s Workshop: Short Story

 

ENG 560 Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction

 

and one of the following courses:

 

ENG 342 Introduction to Writing Poetry

 

ENG 343 Special Topics in Creative Writing

 

ENG 344 Introduction to Creative Non-Fiction

 

ENG 416 Writer’s Workshop: Poetry

 

   

Concentration in Poetry

 

ENG 342 Introduction to Writing Poetry

 

ENG 416 Writer’s Workshop: Poetry (6 hours)

 

ENG 561 Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry

 

and one of the following courses:

 

ENG 341 Introduction to Writing Fiction

 

ENG 343 Special Topics in Creative Writing

 

ENG 344 Introduction to Creative Non-Fiction

 

ENG 415 Writer’s Workshop: Short Story

 

   

Restricted Electives

13 hours

ENG 562 BFA Senior Seminar  

Three 300-500-level literature courses and one additional course in literature or creative writing.

 

   

Unrestricted Electives

20-23 hours

   

Total Curriculum Requirements

120 hours **

 


* ENG 214 should be taken as a University Studies elective.

**The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is not awarded automatically upon completion of any required number of courses or units of credit. Students must be admitted to this program. To apply, students must submit an application available from the creative writing coordinator; students must have a B or better in a creative writing course at Murray State and must submit a writing sample, to be reviewed by a committee.


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Contact

Dr. Carrie Jerrell 

7B-4 Faculty Hall

Murray State University

Murray KY 42071-3341

270.809.4723

Murray State University Department of English and Philosophy

The requirements listed above are an example of what is applicable to most students entering Murray State University under the 2013-14 academic bulletin. Criteria as they may relate to individual students may vary. The primary source is the MSU bulletin applicable at the time of the student enrollment; if you enrolled prior to the 2013-14 academic year, consult the registrar's listing for your applicable bulletin. 

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