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Texas state creative writing

Texas State University

The program offers partial funding. Most students receive an assistantship or scholarship that includes a stipend and partial tuition waiver.

The program hosts a visiting writers series, which includes readings and master classes with six to eight writers each year. The program also hosts professional development workshops and talks with respected writers, editors, agents, and publishers about the editing and publishing industry. Every Spring semester, the program hosts a poet-in-residence, who teaches master classes, holds craft workshops, and hosts unique events. After students complete their thesis, they receive notes and feedback from a requested member of the Adjunct Thesis Faculty, a group composed of acclaimed writers from around the world.

January 31 is the deadline for fall admission applications and November 15 is the deadline for spring admission applications.

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

For transfer students, 12 semester credit hours in English (or equivalents) may be transferred from a Texas public institution of higher education for the English Language and Literature Field of Study and be applied to the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in English at Texas State University. More information about the Field of Study is available in the Academic Policies section of this catalog. The transferable Texas Common Course Number (TCCN) is listed below the Texas State University course number in the following course list.

TCCN: 6 semester credit hours from the following: ENGL 2321, ENGL 2322, ENGL 2323, ENGL 2326, ENGL 2327, ENGL 2328, ENGL 2331, ENGL 2332, ENGL 2333, ENGL 2341 and ENGL 2351

Course Requirements

Freshman
First Semester Hours Second Semester Hours
ENG 1310 (Communication Component Code 010) 3 ENG 1320 or 1321 (Communication Component Code 010) 3
Mathematics Component Code 020 3 Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 030 3
Modern Language 1410 4 American History Component Code 060 3
POSI 2310 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070 [TCCN GOVT 2306]) 3 Modern Language 1420 4
US 1100 1 POSI 2320 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070 [TCCN GOVT 2305]) 3
14 16
Sophomore
First Semester Hours Second Semester Hours
Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 030 3 Social and Behavioral Sciences Component Code 080 3
ENG Literature (Language, Philosophy, and Culture Component Code 040) 1 3 ENG Literature (Component Area Option Code 090/094) 1 3
Creative Arts Component Code 050 [TCCN HUMA 1315] 3 ENG 3301 2 3
American History Component Code 060 3 Modern Language 2320 3
Modern Language 2310 3 Minor 3
15 15
Junior
First Semester Hours Second Semester Hours
Component Area Option Code 090/091/092/093 3 ENG 3348 or 3349 3
ENG 3315 3 ENG Advanced Group Elective 3
ENG Advanced Group Elective 3 Minor 3
Minor 3 Electives 6
Elective 3
15 15
Senior
First Semester Hours Second Semester Hours
ENG Advanced Group Electives 6 BA Computer Science, Logic, Mathematics, or Science 3
Minor 3 ENG 4348 or 4349 3
Electives 6 Minor 6
Elective 3
15 15
Total Hours: 120

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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.

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

Advanced English Courses

Students are required to take ENG 3301 , preferably immediately after completing the sophomore literature requirement. Students must also take two courses focusing on early literature at either the sophomore or advanced level. In addition to ENG 3301 , students must complete seven advanced courses. Students must take at least one advanced course from three of the four non-writing groups listed below (A, B, C, or D), and three specified courses from Group E: 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 any group. 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.