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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

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

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

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  • 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)

Minor (minimum 20 credits)

General Education:  All LSSU bachelor's degree candidates must complete the LSSU General Education Core Requirements, or have earned the MACRAO Stamp (Michigan Community College transfer students), or have completed the general education certification (Sault College transfer students), or have already earned a bachelor's degree (honors bachelor degree from a Canadian University).

Bachelor of Arts degree (8 credits): One year of a modern language other than English.  If taken at LSSU, this would be CHIN151-CHIN152 or CHIN251-CHIN252; FREN151-FREN152 or FREN251-FREN252; GRMN141-GRMN142 or GRMN241-GRMN242; NATV141-NATV142 or NATV201-NATV202; or SPAN161-SPAN162. One-half year of two different languages will not meet this requirement.

A minimum of 124 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.00 or higher.  A gpa of 2.00 or higher is also required in your Major, as well as in your General Education Core Requirements.

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