Bachelor of Arts in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing

The English major helps students develop as readers of interesting, complex texts, including literary texts. Majors read writing from a variety of historical contexts and cultures; this experience builds their understanding of the relation between society and language. English majors become critical and reflective readers, aware of the history and development of writing in English. They are also good, inventive writers who are able to analyze problems, do careful and inventive research, argue and evaluate the arguments of others.

The English major is good preparation for a career in writing or editing—of stories, speeches, legal documents, advertising, research projects, poems, grant proposals, essays, or letters. English majors also find careers in publishing and journalism, public relations, business, industry, management, marketing, social services, and government. English is a strong pre-professional major for law, medicine, library science, and teaching, from the elementary to the post-secondary level.

Summary of Degree Requirements

University Requirements:

  • MATH 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or ENG 0701 (4 s.h.), if required by placement testing.
  • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses as part of the major.  For the English major, these courses are ENG 2097 and a 4000 level Capstone Seminar.
  • Students must complete requirements of the General Education (GenEd) Program. See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for more details.

College of Liberal Arts Requirements:

  • Completion of a minimum of 123 credits, including:
    • 90 credits in CLA/CST courses;
    • 45 credits of which must be at the upper level (numbered 2000-4999).
      • Distribution Requirement for Humanities majors: Six upper level credits must be earned in the Social Science, Science, and/or interdisciplinary subject areas. Select from the following CLA departments and programs: Africology & African American Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Criminal Justice, Economics, Environmental Studies, Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, Geography and Urban Studies, Global Studies, History, Jewish Studies, Latin American Studies, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies, Liberal Arts, Neuroscience (CLA), Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology, or any department in the College of Science and Technology.

    • A minimum GPA of 2.0, cumulatively, in all CLA/CST coursework, and in the major department.
    • Only courses in which a student receives a grade of at least C- can satisfy GenEd, major, minor, or CLA Foreign Language and Global Studies requirements.
    • Professional Development Requirement
      • All students in the College of Liberal Arts are required to take a 1 credit seminar in professional development. CLA 1002 Professional Development for Liberal Arts Majors or ENG 1801 Career Seminar would be an appropriate choice for this major. Another option is PSY 1002 Careers in Psychology.
    • Foreign Language/Global Studies Requirements:
      • All students must complete or test out of the first and second levels of a foreign language - these courses are numbered 1001 and 1002;
      • All students must complete at least one course from the GenEd Global/World Society category; and
      • All Bachelor of Arts students must complete one of the following options:
        • Third semester of a foreign language;
        • Demonstrated proficiency beyond the third semester in a foreign language (placement exam or certification from the language department);
        • Take one Global Studies course from the list on the CLA College Graduation Requirements page;
        • Study Abroad at an approved program; or
        • Take a second General Education Global/World Society course.
      • Notes on Foreign Language Study
        • The third level of language is numbered 1003 in French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese and numbered 2001 in all other foreign language subjects.
        • Students are strongly encouraged to take the third level of a foreign language as it is the minimum required for election to the prestigious honor society Phi Beta Kappa.  (Taking the course does not guarantee admission but not taking it guarantees exclusion.)
        • See the College of Liberal Arts Policies section of this Bulletin for more information on the Foreign Language Placement, Regression in Coursework, and guidelines for students' other experiences with language.

General Electives are typically one-third of a student's program of study and can be focused on a second major, a minor, or towards some other personal enrichment or professional goals.  See an academic advisor for assistance in developing an academic plan for these courses.

Major Requirements (36 credits/12 courses):

ENG 2097Introduction to English Studies3
ENG 2201Survey of English Literature: Beginnings to 16603
ENG 2202Survey of English Literature: 1660-19003
ENG 2301Survey of American Literature I3
ENG 2302Survey of American Literature II3
Select one of the following sequences:6
Creative Writing: Poetry
and Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry
Creative Writing: Fiction
and Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction
Creative Writing: Plays
and Advanced Creative Writing: Plays
Two 2000-2999 English Electives6
Two 3000-3999 English Electives6
ENG 4096Studies in Creative Writing 13
Total Credit Hours36
1

Indicates writing capstone for the major

Distinction in Major

Students need at least a 3.65 GPA in English courses to earn distinction in major. 

Suggested Academic Plan

Please note that this is a suggested academic plan. Depending on your situation, your academic plan may look different.

Bachelor of Arts in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2016-2017 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
Foreign Language 1001 - first level4
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
IH 0851 or 0951Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I [GY]3
Foreign Language 1002 - second level4
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
IH 0852 or 0952Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II [GZ]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
ENG 2097Introduction to English Studies [WI]3
ENG 2201Survey of English Literature: Beginnings to 16603
One 0800-4999 Elective in Any School or College2
Select one of the following:3
Foreign Language - third level
 
GenEd Global/World Society Course
 
Internationally-Focused Course From Approved List
 
 Term Credit Hours17
Spring
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
English 2000+ Course3
English 2000+ Course3
ENG 2202Survey of English Literature: 1660-19003
ENG 1801Career Seminar11
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 3
Fall
CLA/CST 2000+ Social Science/CST Course3
English 2000+ Creative Writing Course3
English 3000+ Course3
ENG 2301Survey of American Literature I3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
CLA/CST 2000+ Social Science/CST Course3
English 3000+ Creative Writing Course3
ENG 2302Survey of American Literature II3
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall
English 3000+ Course3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
ENG 4096Studies in Creative Writing [WI] (capstone)23
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective2
One 0800-4999 Elective in Any School or College3
 Term Credit Hours14
 Total Credit Hours: 123
1

CLA 1002 or PSY 1002 can substitute for ENG 1801.

2

Register with the English Department.