BFA Course of Study

In addition to meeting university B.A. degree requirements, the Creative Writing major will meet the following requirements for the B.F.A. degree: Required Courses, Fine Arts Courses, Writing Electives, Literature Electives, and a Senior Portfolio.

Questions about these requirements? Contact our Undergraduate Advisor.

Required Literature Courses
Required Writing Courses
Fine Arts Electives
Writing Electives
Literature Electives
Graduation Requirement: The Senior Portfolio
Additional Information on Requirements 

Required Literature Courses (16 cr)

  • ENG 204 Survey of British Literature I
  • ENG 205 Survey of British Literature II
  • ENG 253 Survey of American Literature I
  • ENG 254 Survey of American Literature II

Required Writing Courses (12 cr)

  • WR 212 Introductory Fiction Writing
  • WR 213 Introductory Poetry Writing
  • WR 214 Introductory Nonfiction Writing

Fine Arts Electives (8 cr)

Two courses in arts appreciation, theory, or performance (8 credits).  This requirement is fulfilled through courses in the College of the Arts (e.g. prefixed ARCH, ARH, ART, FLM, MUS, DANCE and TA.)

 Writing Electives (28 cr)

16 credits in the genre of portfolio (fiction, nonfiction, or poetry), at least 8 of which must be 400 level:

  • WR 312 Intermediate Fiction Writing*
  • WR 313 Intermediate Poetry Writing*
  • WR 328 Media Editing
  • WR 399 Special Studies
  • WR 407 Writing Seminar
  • WR 412 Advanced Fiction Writing*
  • WR 413 Advanced Poetry Writing*
  • WR 428 Advanced Media Writing
  • WR 456 Forms of Nonfiction
  • WR 457 Personal Essay Writing
  • WR 458 Magazine Writing
  • WR 459 Memoir Writing

* Courses may be repeated for credit.

  •  12 credits of additional upper-division WR courses, 8 of which must be 400-level.

English Electives (12 cr)

12 upper division ENG credits. (With advisor approval, one upper division WLL literature course may be applied to this requirement.)

Graduation Requirement: The Senior Portfolio

The Senior Portfolio is submitted for approval by the end of the third week of the term in which students intend to graduate. For summer graduates, note that portfolios must be turned in by the end of the third week of spring term. Portfolios will not be accepted over the summer. This portfolio showcases the clean revised copy of the student's creative writing in a chosen genre (i.e., fiction, nonfiction, or poetry), and should contain: (a) An introductory statement of artistic intent (6-10 pages). This statement should provide an overview and analysis of the development and revision of their portfolio work; and (b) Writing within a genre: 30-50 pages (fiction or nonfiction), or 20-30 pages (poetry).  Email the portfolio and introductory statement to

Additional Information on Requirements

  • Creative Writing majors in upper-division English courses are expected to be able to write a library research paper when required. The department recommends that majors without prior training in research paper writing enroll in Wr 222.
  • Only courses in which a student receives a C or above can count for the Creative Writing major.
  • Only courses taken for a letter grade can count toward the Creative Writing major.
  • No more than 12 credits taken for the Minor in English may be applied to the Creative Writing major.
  • A minimum of 24 credits in English and/or Writing at PSU is required to graduate from PSU with a major in Creative Writing.