The MA/MS in English with a specialization in creative writing allows students to do advanced work in poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. Students accepted into the specialization complete workshops in these three genres and study scholarship about creative writing and literature. For their theses, students concentrate on one genre and work closely with faculty mentors who offer expert advice and guidance throughout the thesis-writing process. Hybrid theses that cross genre boundaries and include visual/ audio elements are also welcome. Appearing as poems, stories, essays, and graphic novels, students’ theses address environmental issues, personal challenges, and historical controversies, among many other topics.
The aim of this specialization is to allow students time after their undergraduate work to hone their craft, continue their apprenticeship as a writer, complete a substantial body of work, and pursue publication. The degree caters especially to those who plan to continue their studies by seeking a PhD or MFA in creative writing, as well as to future college instructors and secondary educators. In addition to publishing work in books, chapbooks, and prestigious literary journals, graduates of the Specialization have been accepted into well-regarded MFA and PhD programs in creative writing at The Ohio State University, University of Montana, and University of Tennessee, among others.