Sample Degree Pathway for English - Creative Writing Concentration


For students entering in fall 2013 to spring 2015.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester

Course#Course NameCr.
ENGL.1010(Gen. Ed.) College Writing I3
MATH.xxxx(Gen. Ed.) Math3
xxxx.xxxxLanguage & Culture 13
xxxx.xxxx(Gen. Ed.) SS (Social Science)3
xxxx.xxxxFree Elective3
FAHS.1090First Year Seminar31
Total16

Spring Semester

Course#Course NameCr.
ENGL.1020(Gen. Ed.) College Writing II3
xxxx.xxxx(Gen. Ed.) Science I w/lab3/4
xxxx.xxxxLanguage & Culture 23
xxxx.xxxx(Gen. Ed.) AH (Art & Humanities)3
xxxx.xxxxFree Elective3
Total15/16

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

Course#Course NameCr.
ENGL.2380Introduction to Creative Writing3
xxxx.xxxx(Gen. Ed.) AH (Arts/Humanities)3
xxxx.xxxx(Gen. Ed.) Science II w/lab3/4
xxxx.xxxxLanguage 3 or WRtrack13
ENGL.2000Critical Methods3
Total15/16

Spring Semester

Course#Course NameCr.
ENGL.3/4xxxWriting Elective23
ENGL.3/4xxxWriting Elective23
xxxx.xxxx(Gen. Ed.) SS (Social Science)3
xxxx.xxxx(Gen. Ed.) AH (Arts/Humanities)3
xxxx.xxxxLanguage 4 or WRtrack13
Total15

Junior Year

Fall Semester

Course#Course NameCr.
ENGL.3/4xxxLiterature Elective3
ENGL.3/4xxxWriting Elective23
ENGL.3/4xxxLiterature Elective3
xxxx.xxxx(Gen. Ed.) Science III (non-lab)3
xxxx.xxxxWRtrack1 or Free Elective3
Total15

Spring Semester

Course#Course NameCr.
ENGL.3/4xxxWriting Elective23
ENGL.3/4xxxLiterature Elective3
ENGL.3/4xxxOptional English or Free Elect.3
xxxx.xxxx(Gen. Ed.) SS (Social Science)3
xxxx.3/4xxxFree or Minor Elective3
Total15

Senior Year

Fall Semester

Course#Course NameCr.
ENGL.4230 /
ENGL.4xxx
Shakespeare 1 / Creative Writing Capstone23
xxxx.xxxxFree or Minor Elective3
ENGL.3/4xxxOptional English or Free Elect.3
xxxx.xxxxFree or Minor Elective3
xxxx.xxxxFree or Minor Elective3
Total15

Spring Semester

Course#Course NameCr.
ENGL.4xxx /
ENGL.4240
Creative Writing Capstone/ Shakespeare 23
ENGL.3/4xxxOptional English or Free Elect.3
xxxx.xxxxFree or Minor Elective3
xxxx.xxxxFree or Minor Elective3
xxxx.xxxxFree or Minor Elective3
Total15

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 / ENGL.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.

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.

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

One of the following is required (3 credits):

One capstone course is required (3 credits):

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