2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jul 19, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

Creative Writing (B.F.A.) - J

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Program Description

In this program, aspiring writers learn the craft of fiction, poetry and prose nonfiction in literature courses and in writing workshops. Small classes and individualized instruction are key features of this student-centered program. A student and professional reading series and internships with the department’s nationally recognized literary magazine, Green Mountains Review, complement the academic course work.

Student Learning Outcomes

The B.F.A. in creative writing will:

  1. Enable students to produce their own poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction and to become proficient readers and interpreters of imaginative literature;
  2. Enable students to identify the major genres of literature, to recognize the features of each genre and to explore and evaluate different approaches to literary criticism and interpretation;
  3. Develop students’ abilities to analyze and explicate literary texts so that they can identify themes and ideas as well as recognize how formal literary devices affect meaning; and
  4. Develop students’ skills in editing and revising so that they will be prepared for graduate school in creative writing and/or for careers in publishing.

Required Courses

Writing Workshops Part I (3 credits)

Writing Workshops Part II (9 credits)

(Complete 9 credits from at least two different genres; students may repeat one genre.)

Upper-level Coursework (6 credits)

(Take two courses)

Thesis (3 credits)

Total: 48 credits

Secondary Teaching License in English

Students pursuing licensure endorsement to teach English in grades 7-12 must successfully complete either the English (B.A.) - J  or the Creative Writing (B.F.A.) - J  as well as specific teacher-education coursework and requirements. Please refer to the Secondary Teacher Licensure Program - J  section for details.


In order to earn a degree, you must successfully complete all requirements for your major as listed here AND meet all other Degree Requirements , including the General Education Core Curriculum  and NVU Graduation Standards .

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