Sample Degree Pathway for English - Creative Writing Concentration


For students who entered fall 2015 and beyond. 

Freshman Year

Fall Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
ENGL.1010/ HONR.1100 College Writing I/FYSH (CW) 3
MATH.xxxx Math Persp. (MATH) - MATH.1110 (QL) recommended4 3
WLxx.xxxx Language 1 & Culture 3
xxxx.xxxx Social Sciences Persp. (SS) 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
FAHS.1090 First Year Seminar 1
Total 16

Spring Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
ENGL.1020 College Writing II (CW) 3
xxxx.xxxx Science with/Lab Persp. (SCL) 3/4
WLxx.xxxx Language 2 & Culture  3
xxxx.xxxx Arts and Hum. Persp. (AH) 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective or English Elective 3
Total 15/16

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
ENGL.2380 Introduction to Creative Writing 3
xxxx.xxxx Arts and Hum. Persp. (AH) 3
xxxx.xxxx Science with/Lab Persp. (SCL)  3/4
xxxx.xxxx Language 3 & Culture or World Ready Elective1 3
ENGL.2000 Critical Methods 3
Total 15/16

Spring Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
ENGL.3/4xxx Creative Writing Elective2 3
ENGL.3/4xxx Creative Writing Elective2 3
xxxx.xxxx Social Sciences Persp. (SS) 3
xxxx.xxxx Arts and Hum. Persp. (AH) 3
xxxx.xxxx Language 4 & Culture or World Ready Elective1 3
Total 15

Junior Year

Fall Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
ENGL.3/4xxx Literature Elective3 (DCA), (SRE) 3
ENGL.3/4xxx Creative Writing Elective2 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective (QL) 3
xxxx.xxxx STEM Persp. (STEM) 3
xxxx.xxxx World Ready Elective1 or Free Elective 3
Total 15

Spring Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
ENGL.3/4xxx Creative Writing Elective2 (AIL) 3
ENGL.3/4xxx Literature Elective3 3
ENGL.3/4xxx Optional English or Free Elect. 3
xxxx.xxxx Social Sciences Persp. (SS) 3
xxxx.3/4xxx Free or Minor Elective 3
Total 15

Senior Year

Fall Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
ENGL.4230/4240 Shakespeare 1/Shakespeare 2 (WOC), (IL) 3
xxxx.xxxx Free or Minor Elective 3
ENGL.3/4xxx Literature Elective3 3
xxxx.xxxx Free or Minor Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free or Minor Elective 3
Total 15

Spring Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
ENGL.4500/4010 Creative Writing Capstone (CTPS) 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

1World Ready Language Track (WR track) requires successful completion of a two course sequence in a World Language (depending on placement) and three approved courses on the culture/history/literature/film related to that language, but taught in English. (Total of 15 credits.) For detailed information refer to Policies - Language Requirements in the undergraduate catalog.

2Appropriate Creative Writing Electives are listed below.

3Some students may satisfy the Diverse Traditions requirement with a 2000 level course and should consult with their advisors to be sure that they will also satisfy both the DCA & SRE ELOs.

4Quantitative Literacy (QL) is fulfilled outside the English major. The department recommends that all majors take Math.1110 which fulfills both the Math Breadth of Knowledge requirement and the Quantitative Literacy ELO. See QL course listing for a full list of classes that fulfill this requirement.

A minimum of 36 credits, appropriately distributed, is required in English department courses. Students may not exceed the maximum of 54 credits of English department courses (not counting College Writing I & II). At least 66 credits must be earned outside of the major.

  • In order to graduate, students must earn a cumulative 2.2 grade point average for all English department courses, with the exception of College Writing I and II.
  • Students must complete 12 credits of advanced creative 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.
  • Majors must take at least one course that fulfills the department's Diverse Literary Traditions requirement. Students should consult AR in SIS for the department's list of approved courses.

No more than two Breadth of Knowledge courses can be taken with the same prefix. The Core Curriculum courses may be taken in any sequence. Refer to the Core Curriculum website for further details. You should meet with your faculty advisor to determine how you will meet the Core Curriculum requirements. 

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

Required Courses

Two foundation courses are required (6 credits):

  • ENGL.2380 Introduction to Creative Writing (must be completed before taking any advanced creative 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
  • 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)

Optional: An additional six English electives may be taken (0-18 credits):

Additional English courses (up to six courses within the 54 credit limit) may be taken in literature, theatre, or writing. For students contemplating graduate school in the discipline, additional 3000 or 4000 level creative writing and literature courses are recommended. Students are encouraged in the spring of junior year or fall of senior year to seek an experiential learning opportunity such as the Practicum (Internship) or Community Writing 1 or 2, depending on the student's career goals and interests. Students planning a career in secondary teaching should consider the Undergraduate Seminar on the Teaching of Writing.

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 advisors.

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.

Last updated: 10/25/2017