The Undergraduate Program

We are one of the only universities in the country that offers a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Creative Writing, from our own, independent academic department. Our students take classes in writing workshops, literature, and hybrid courses where the assignments can be both creative as well as more traditional scholarly approaches to literature. Students also take supplemental literature classes, at the junior and senior level, in Spanish or English, and each semester we offer bilingual—English, Spanish, Creative Writing classes. Students also have the opportunity to involve themselves in the organization and participation in fiction and poetry readings and performances—and to get academic credit for it. The Buttered Toast Reading Series is a student-run reading series that features the work of undergrads and local talent. Our curriculum emphasizes the writing of fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, and screen plays. No matter what our students decide to pursue after their degree in Creative Writing—public school teaching, graduate school, law school, business —we graduate some of the region’s best writers, and all employers and graduate schools look for good writers.

The Undergraduate Curriculum