Creative Writing and English Studies (Bachelor of Arts Degree)
The Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing and English Studies is an innovative program that allows students to focus on a combination of these two distinctive fields in a way that both prepares them for graduate programs in creative writing and literature and careers in the publishing field, education, professional writing and other related fields.
This program is set up to first teach the academic skills necessary in a scholarly pursuit of creative writing and literary studies and then move into an advanced program where students are able to focus on both the specific types of literature and genres of writing that are of greatest interest to the student.
This process is accomplished through a careful balance of writing and English courses beginning at the 100- and 200-levels that introduce students to the various genres and the skills necessary to work within the different writing and literary disciplines. Students then move into a series of 300- and 400-level courses which will focus on their own individual skills as writers and their specific interests in literary studies. Students work extensively in areas of specialty during these final years of undergraduate study and develop the skills necessary to meet their career and educational goals. This process allows students to both be self-directed and stay structured and disciplined through the process. Our goal is to help students find, refine and strengthen their own unique voices while simultaneously strengthening their skills in literary analysis and criticism and expand their knowledge of literary studies.
Learning takes many forms and is not limited to just classroom experiences. Our philosophy is to assist students in discovering what they feel they are meant to do with their professional lives and to help each student meet his or her individual goals.
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CREATIVE WRITING AND ENGLISH STUDIES MAJOR PORTFOLIO REQUIREMENT
All students majoring in Creative Writing and English Studies are required to construct a Major Portfolio. These portfolios will differ according to the individual student’s career and educational goals. The selections of work included will be made by the students and will include both creative work and critical work completed during their college career. The papers, and other work as appropriate, should demonstrate clearly the skills mastered through the student’s academic endeavors at Southern Vermont College. English and Creative Writing faculty will advise and guide students through the process of portfolio construction with an eye on the student’s educational and career goals.
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Two of the following: (8 cr)
Cw407 Theories of Writing (4 cr)
English Studies Courses:
Surveys of Literature (choose one): (4 cr)
Advanced Study (choose two): (8 cr)
Capstone Experience: (4 cr)
Capstone Experience: Cw492 Senior Seminar/Thesis OR En492 Senior Thesis
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