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Lake Superior State University

Literature-Creative Writing: Bachelor of Arts

Program Description

Featuring small workshop classes and instruction by faculty who are published authors, the Creative Writing program of the School of English and Language Studies emphasizes the art and craft of imaginative writing in a range of genres, including poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and performance writing.

Every year the Creative Writing program holds the Osborn Poetry Contest and Short Story contest.  Opportunities for publishing and editing are available through work on the literary journal, the student-edited journal or the monthly magazine.  Guest writers, public readings and other events are also featured.

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Arts Literature-Creative Writing


In addition to the courses listed below, students must complete all general education requirements, two years of a foreign language other than modern English, and a minor.

Required Courses (45 credits)

  • ENGL180 Introduction to Literary Studies 3
  • ENGL221 Introduction to Creative Writing 3
  • ENGL301 Creative Prose Writing 3
  • ENGL302 Poetry Writing 3
  • ENGL303 Performance Writing 3
  • ENGL340 Genre Studies 3
  • ENGL409 Advanced Writing Workshop 3
  • ENGL421 History of Literary Criticism 3
  • ENGL480 Creative Writing Portfolio 3
  • THEA309 Speech and Drama Productions 3

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Select one from:

  • ENGL235 Survey of Native Literature of North America 3
  • ENGL236 Literature and Culture 3

Select one from:

  • ENGL404 Literature Before 1800 (Topic) 3
  • ENGL408 Literature After 1800 (Topic) 3

Select one from: 3

  • THEA251 History of Drama and Theatre I 3
  • THEA252 History of Drama and Theatre II 3
  • THEA333 Studies in the Drama: The Genre and Theater in Context 3

Foreign Language (14-16 credits)

General Education (36-42 credits)

  • ENGL110 First-Year Composition I 3
  • ENGL111 First-Year Composition II 3
  • COMM101 Fund. of Speech Communication 3
  • HUMN251 Humanities I 4
  • HUMN Electives 3-4
  • Social Science Electives 6-8
  • Natural Science Electives 8
  • Math Elective 3-5
  • Diversity Elective 3-4

Minor (minimum 20 credits)

Electives to total 124 credits

Bachelor of Arts Degree Notes (if applicable): One year (8 credits) of a modern language other than English. If taken at LSSU, this would be: CHIN151-152, FREN151-152 or 251-252, GRMN141-142 or 241-242, NATV141-142 or 201-202, or SPAN161-162.

One-half year of two different languages will not meet this requirement.

Bachelor of Science Degree Notes (if applicable): At least eight (8) semester credits in addition to courses used for general education requirements from categories of social science, natural science, computer science or mathematics.

These bachelor of science degree requirements can be used for majors or minors, but not general education.