Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Major in English (Creative Writing Concentration)

Minimum required: 120 semester credit hours

General Requirements

  1. The general education core curriculum courses are listed in the degree plan below along with the statewide component code number. See the General Education Core Curriculum section of this catalog for the Texas State requirements and options in the core curriculum, including Honors courses.
  2. In addition to the general education core curriculum requirements, the Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) requires three additional hours of English literature, three hours of math/science/logic/computer science courses, six hours of 2000-level modern language courses and a minor.
  3. Majors must select a minor from the approved list of Undergraduate Minors.
  4. Majors must complete a minimum of 36 advanced hours (3000 or 4000 level courses).
  5. Nine hours of writing intensive (WI) courses are required for graduation.
  6. This major requires 36 semester credit hours of English courses. ENG 1310 and ENG 1320 are prerequisites to all other English courses.
  7. The minimum number of hours required for this degree program is 120. The number of free elective hours a student will complete depends on the number of hours a student may need to achieve the required 120 total or 36 advanced hours.

Course Requirements 

First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
COMM 1310 (Component Area Option Code 090/091)3HIST 1310 (American History Component Code 060)3
ENG 1310 (Communication Component Code 010)3ENG 1320 (Communication Component Code 010)3
US 11001Modern Language 14204
Modern Language 14104Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 0303
Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 0303POSI 2310 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3
 14 16
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
ENG Literature (Component Area Option Code 090/094)13POSI 2320 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3
HIST 1320 (American History Component Code 060)3BA ENG Literature13
Modern Language 23103BA Computer Science, Logic, Mathematics or science3
PHIL 1305 or 1320 (Language, Philosophy & Culture Component Code 040)3Social & Behavioral Sciences Component Code 0803
Mathematics Component Code 0203Modern Language 23203
 15 15
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
ENG 330133ENG 3348 or 33493
ART 2313, DAN 2313, MU 2313, or TH 2313 (Creative Arts Component Code 050)3ENG Advanced Elective3
ENG 33153Electives (as needed)6
 15 15
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
ENG Advanced Electives9ENG 4348 or 43493
 Electives (as needed)6
 15 15
Total Hours: 120

Students who earn a grade of “B” or higher in the first sophomore course may elect to take an advanced literature course in lieu of the second sophomore course. No more than six hours of sophomore literature may count toward the major.


Meets the requirement that majors must take at least 6 hours of Literature before 1800.


ENG 3301 is required, and majors should take it immediately after completing the sophomore literature requirement.

Advanced English Courses

In addition to ENG 3301, majors must complete seven advanced courses. Majors must take one advanced course from Groups A, B, and C, and three specified courses from Group D: ENG 3315 and either ENG 3348 and ENG 4348 (fiction track) or ENG 3349 and ENG 4349 (poetry track). They also select one three-hour elective from one or more groups. In selecting from groups or in choosing electives, students are encouraged to take at least two courses that center on genre, theme, or theory. One of the advanced courses must focus on the works of a single author and is recommended to be taken at the end of the major:

ENG 3343The Interdisciplinary Approach to Literature3
ENG 3354Shakespeare 13
ENG 4351Chaucer and His Time 13
ENG 4355The Later Shakespeare 13
ENG 4358Milton 13
Group A - British Literature
ENG 3351Anglo-Saxon Language, Literature, and Culture 13
ENG 3352Medieval English Literature 13
ENG 3353British Poetry and Prose of the Sixteenth Century 13
ENG 3354Shakespeare 13
ENG 3356British Poetry and Prose of the Seventeenth Century 13
ENG 3357British Literature of the Restoration and Augustan Periods, 1660-1750 13
ENG 3359British Literature, 1750-1800 13
ENG 3362The British Romantics3
ENG 3365The British Victorian Period3
ENG 3368The British Novel3
ENG 3370Twentieth-Century British Literature3
ENG 4351Chaucer and His Time 13
ENG 4355The Later Shakespeare 13
ENG 4358Milton 13
Group B - American Literature
ENG 3309The Southwest in Film3
ENG 3326American Drama on Film3
ENG 3331Literature of Black America3
ENG 3333Early US Literature 13
ENG 3335US Literature 1865-1930: The Rise of Realism, Naturalism, and Modernism3
ENG 3336US Literature, 1930 to the Present: From Modernism to Contemporary Forms3
ENG 3338The American Novel3
ENG 3344Chicano/a Narrative and Social History3
ENG 3345Southwestern Studies I: Defining the Region3
ENG 3346Southwestern Studies II: Consequences of Region3
ENG 3347American Poetry3
ENG 4325Literature of the Southwest3
ENG 4334US Romanticism3
Group C - World Literature 
ENG 3321The Short Story3
ENG 3322The European Novel3
ENG 3323Modern Poetry3
ENG 3325Russian Literature in Translation3
ENG 3327Types of World Drama in English 13
ENG 3328Types of World Drama in English (Modern)3
ENG 3329Mythology3
ENG 3341Studies in World Literature3
ENG 3350Medieval European Literature 13
ENG 3385Children's Literature3
ENG 3386Adolescent Literature3
ENG 3388Women and Literature3
ENG 3392Women Writers of the Middle Ages 13
ENG 3393Introduction to Canadian Literature3
ENG 4385Advanced Studies in Children's or Adolescent Literature3
Group D - Forms, Language, and Writing 
ENG 3302Film and Video Theory and Production3
ENG 3303Technical Writing3
ENG 3304Professional Writing3
ENG 3306Writing for Film3
ENG 3307Introduction to the Study of Film3
ENG 3308Advanced Topics in Film3
ENG 3311Practices in Writing and Rhetoric3
ENG 3315Introduction to Creative Writing3
ENG 3316Film Studies3
ENG 3318Approaches to Writing and Rhetoric3
ENG 3319The Development of English3
ENG 3320Theory and Criticism3
ENG 3340Special Topics in Language and Literature3
ENG 3342Editing3
ENG 3343The Interdisciplinary Approach to Literature3
ENG 3348Creative Writing: Fiction3
ENG 3349Creative Writing: Poetry3
ENG 3389The Discipline of English3
ENG 4310Modern English Syntax3
ENG 4323Studies in Autobiography and Biography3
ENG 4348Senior Seminar in Fiction Writing3
ENG 4349Senior Seminar in Poetry Writing3
ENG 4350Senior Seminar in Film3