Sample Degree Pathway for English - Creative Writing Concentration


For students entering in fall 2013 to spring 2015.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
ENGL.1010 (Gen. Ed.) College Writing I 3
MATH.xxxx (Gen. Ed.) Math 3
xxxx.xxxx Language & Culture 1 3
xxxx.xxxx (Gen. Ed.) SS (Social Science) 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
FAHS.1090 First Year Seminar3 1
Total 16

Spring Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
ENGL.1020 (Gen. Ed.) College Writing II 3
xxxx.xxxx (Gen. Ed.) Science I w/lab 3/4
xxxx.xxxx Language & Culture 2 3
xxxx.xxxx (Gen. Ed.) AH (Art & Humanities) 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
Total 15/16

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
ENGL.2380 Introduction to Creative Writing 3
xxxx.xxxx (Gen. Ed.) AH (Arts/Humanities) 3
xxxx.xxxx (Gen. Ed.) Science II w/lab 3/4
xxxx.xxxx Language 3 or WRtrack1 3
ENGL.2000 Critical Methods 3
Total 15/16

Spring Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
ENGL.3/4xxx Writing Elective2 3
ENGL.3/4xxx Writing Elective2 3
xxxx.xxxx (Gen. Ed.) SS (Social Science) 3
xxxx.xxxx (Gen. Ed.) AH (Arts/Humanities) 3
xxxx.xxxx Language 4 or WRtrack1 3
Total 15

Junior Year

Fall Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
ENGL.3/4xxx Literature Elective 3
ENGL.3/4xxx Writing Elective2 3
ENGL.3/4xxx Literature Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx (Gen. Ed.) Science III (non-lab) 3
xxxx.xxxx WRtrack1 or Free Elective 3
Total 15

Spring Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
ENGL.3/4xxx Writing Elective2 3
ENGL.3/4xxx Literature Elective 3
ENGL.3/4xxx Optional English or Free Elect. 3
xxxx.xxxx (Gen. Ed.) SS (Social Science) 3
xxxx.3/4xxx Free or Minor Elective 3
Total 15

Senior Year

Fall Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
ENGL.4230/4xxx Shakespeare 1/Creative Writing Capstone2 3
xxxx.xxxx Free or Minor Elective 3
ENGL.3/4xxx Optional English or Free Elect. 3
xxxx.xxxx Free or Minor Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free or Minor Elective 3
Total 15

Spring Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
ENGL.4xxx/4240 Creative Writing Capstone2/Shakespeare 2 3
ENGL.3/4xxx Optional English or Free Elect. 3
xxxx.xxxx Free or Minor Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free or Minor Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free or Minor Elective 3
Total 15

Total Minimum Credits = 120

A minimum of 36 credits, appropriately distributed, is required in English department courses. Students may not exceed the maximum of 45 credits of English department courses (not counting College Writing I & II). At least 75 credits must be earned outside of the major.

  • In order to graduate, students must earn a 2.2 grade point average in their English department requirements. See a list of required courses and electives below.
  • Students must complete 12 credits of advanced writing courses and 9 credits of literature electives as well as Introduction to Creative Writing (ENGL.2380), Critical Methods (ENGL.2000), Shakespeare 1 or 2 (ENGL.4230/4240), and a 4000 level creative writing capstone course.
  • Not counting required courses, students may not take more than two courses at the 2000 level.
  • Majors must take at least one course that fulfills the department's Diverse Literary Traditions requirement. Students should see their adviser or the AR in SIS for the department's list of approved courses.

1World Ready Language Track (WRtrack) requires successful completion of the Beginning 1 and 2 courses of a language and 3 courses related to the history/government/literature/culture of that same country. (15 credits)
2Appropriate Writing Electives are listed below.
3Required of all freshmen.

Current UMass Lowell students should be using their Advisement Report in SiS. If you need assistance, please contact your adviser.

Refer to the General Education website for General Education requirements.

Restriction on off-campus study:

Be advised that any course taken at another institution must be formally approved prior to enrollment. See the catalog policy for details.

Required Courses

Two foundation courses are required (6 credits):

  • ENGL.2380 Introduction to Creative Writing (must be completed before taking any advanced writing courses)
  • ENGL.2000 Critical Methods of Literary Inquiry

Four approved creative writing electives are required (12 credits):

Note: At least one of these must be a level II course.

  • ENGL.3020 Creative Writing: Fiction
  • ENGL.3030 Creative Writing: Poetry
  • ENGL.3040 Creative Writing: Playwriting
  • ENGL.3220 Creative Writing: Nonfiction
  • ENGL.3660 Creative Writing: Poetry II
  • ENGL.4070 Creative Writing: Fiction II
  • ENGL.4180 Creative Writing: Nonfiction II

Three 3000 or 4000 level literature electives are required (9 credits):

Any 3000 or 4000 level literature course qualifies. Review your Advising Report in SIS for the full list.

  • ENGL.3/4xxx Literature Elective

One of these literature courses should meet the department requirement for “Diverse Literary Traditions”.

One of the following is required (3 credits):

  • ENGL.4230 Shakespeare 1
    OR
  • ENGL.4240 Shakespeare 2

One capstone course is required (3 credits):

  • ENGL.4xxx Creative Writing Workshop
  • ENGL.4xxx Selected Authors
  • ENGL.4900/4930 Directed Study (must be pre-arranged with faculty approval)

Three optional free English electives may be taken (0-9 credits):

Optional additional English courses may be taken in literature, theatre, or writing. 

Not counting the required courses ENGL.2380 & ENGL.2000, students may not take more than two courses at the 2000 level.

Creative Writing students are not required to take a minor, but they are encouraged to do so. Depending on the student's career goals and interests, several different minors may be appropriate. All students are encouraged to discuss possible minors with their academic adviser.

Last updated: 10/26/2017