The English major with a concentration in creative writing requires 12 courses (including up to four courses in creative writing) through which students integrate a broad foundation in critical analysis, literary study, and theoretical practice with focused training in the craft of creative writing.
Students interested in an English major with a concentration in creative writing are encouraged to take survey courses (ENG 1210: British Literatures to 1789; ENG 1220: British Literatures after 1789; ENG 1230: American Literatures to 1860; ENG 1240: American Literatures after 1860; ENG 1250: World Literatures; or ENG 1270: African-American Literatures) in their first year and to declare a major as sophomores.
In conjunction with declaring an English major with a concentration in creative writing, students must take WRIT 1500 - Introduction to Creative Writing and a sequence of “gateway” courses in critical methods and contemporary theory, ENG 1900: Introduction to Literature and Criticism and ENG 3020: Literary and Cultural Theory. Juniors and seniors should take 3000-level courses, at least three of which must be literature or theory courses numbered above 3020.
A senior seminar is the capstone course, in which students study a topic in depth and develop independent research projects. ENG 3020: Literary and Cultural Theory and the senior seminar must be taken at Hamline. ENG 1900 and ENG 3020 must be taken at least one semester before the senior seminar and are strongly recommended before taking 3000-level literature courses numbered above 3020.