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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

Required Courses (48 credits)

  • ENGL180 Introduction to Literary Studies 3
  • ENGL221 Introduction to Creative Writing 3
  • ENGL223 Creative Writing II 3
  • ENGL301 Creative Prose Writing 3
  • ENGL302 Poetry Writing 3
  • ENGL303 Performance Writing 3
  • ENGL409 Advanced Writing Workshop 3
  • ENGL480 Creative Writing Portfolio I 3
  • ENGL482 Creative Writing Portfolio II 3

Select one sequence from:

Select two additional literature courses at the 300/400 level

Select two additional professional writing skills courses from:

  • ENGL222 English Grammar and Language in Context 3
  • ENGL306 Technical Writing 3
  • ENGL398 Community Workshop Internship 3
  • ENGL399 Publishing Internship 3
  • JOUR211 Newswriting 3
  • CSCI106 Web Page Design and Development 3

Select one theatre course from:

  • 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
  • THEA309 Theatre Studies: (Topic) 3

English Cognate

  • USEM101 University Seminar I:  Foundation Success 1

Minor (minimum 20 credits)

General Education: All LSSU bachelor's degree candidates must complete the LSSU General Education Requirements.

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 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 Requirements.

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