English Major with a Creative Writing Concentration

Premised on the belief that the study of literature and the practice of writing are mutually reinforcing, the English major with a Creative Writing concentration emphasizes the interrelations among creative writing, digital media, criticism, and scholarship. As an integrated concentration in the English department with a dual focus on literature and creative work, the Creative Writing concentration combines literature courses, small writing workshops, and practical industry training to prepare students for advanced study or careers in writing, media, and publishing. In addition, our concentrators benefit from the resources provided by New York City, a worldwide center for literary publishing.

Students can apply for admission to this major in the fall semester of their sophomore year or junior year. Applicants will submit a cover letter and a 10 page writing sample of poetry or prose, to be reviewed by a panel of creative writing faculty. To access the online application go to http://bit.ly/fordhamcwmajor.

The English major with a Creative Writing concentration consists of a total of 11 required courses. Courses in which a student receives a grade of D or F will not count toward the major.

The English major and the Core Curriculum: All English majors concentrating in Creative Writing are required to fulfill the first level core English requirements (ENGL 1102 and ENGL 2000) before beginning the major, but neither ENGL 1102 nor ENGL 2000 counts toward the major. However, English electives taken toward the core requirement in Advanced Disciplinary Courses in literature, history, and social science do count as one of the 11 courses in the major.

CourseTitleCredits
Junior Theory Requirement
ENGL 3045THEORY FOR ENGLISH MAJORS 14
or COLI 3000 THEORY OF COMPARATIVE LITERATURE
Historical Distribution Requirement
Select two courses designated in a historical period before 1800 2
Literature Elective Requirement
Select three courses (3000 or above) in any period of English literature
Creative Writing Requirement
Select four courses that have been designated by the English department as Creative Writing courses
Capstone Project Requirement
Two semesters of a zero-credit course, to be taken in the senior year, during which time majors in the concentration will complete a capstone creative writing project 3

Junior Theory Requirement

All majors concentrating in Creative Writing are required to take ENGL 3045 THEORY FOR ENGLISH MAJORS or COLI 3000 THEORY OF COMPARATIVE LITERATURE. Usually taken during the junior year, theses courses introduce the English major to debates in literary and critical theory. The goal of these courses is to reflect on reading strategies, textual practices, and language itself. Students will engage with a range of critical, theoretical, and social issues shaping the field of literary studies today.

Historical Distribution Requirement

At least two courses must be designated in a historical period before 1800. These courses are listed under the requirements for the English Major. While the English curriculum grants students considerable freedom to pursue their individual interests, the department urges majors to consult regularly with their advisors in selecting their electives in order to ensure historical diversity in their course of study. 

Literature Elective Requirement

Three courses (3000 or above) in any period of English literature are required.

Capstone Requirement

The Capstone will introduce our graduating students to the realities of the writer’s life, which necessarily involves not just individual work but also affiliation, cooperation, and community.

Creative Writing Requirement

Four courses that have been designated by the English department as Creative Writing courses are required in addition to the creative writing Capstone course offered each Spring. In the Capstone course, students will create and revise portfolios that comprise their creative, scholarly and extracurricular work during their four years at Fordham. In addition, students will work collaboratively to put together a public exhibition of a creative writing project.

The following courses (either in English or outside the department) have the CVW attribute and count toward the creative writing minor and the concentration within the English major:

CourseTitleCredits
ENGL 3013FICTION WRITING4
ENGL 3014CREATIVE NONFICTION WRITING4
ENGL 3015POETRY WRITING4
ENGL 3016SCREENWRITING WORKSHOP4
ENGL 3017DIGITAL CREATIVE WRITING4
ENGL 3019WRITER'S WORKSHOP4
ENGL 3020CREATIVE WRITING CAPSTONE0
ENGL 3965WRITER'S WORKSHOP 24
ENGL 3966FICTION WRITING 24
ENGL 3967CREATIVE NONFICTION WRITING 24
ENGL 3968POETRY WRITING 24
ENGL 4701WRITER'S WORKSHOP 34
ENGL 4702FICTION WRITING 34
ENGL 4703CREATIVE NONFICTION WRITING 34
ENGL 4704POETRY WRITING 34
ENGL 4705CREATIVE WRITING CAPSTONE4
JOUR 3783THEATER JOURNALISM4
NMDD 3020EXPLORATIONS IN DIGITAL STORYTELLING4

Availability

The major in English with a Creative Writing concentration is available at Fordham College at Rose Hill; Fordham College at Lincoln Center; and Fordham School of Professional Studies at Rose Hill and Lincoln Center.

Fordham College at Rose Hill students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the Core Curriculum.

Fordham College at Lincoln Center students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the Core Curriculum.

Professional and Continuing Studies students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the PCS Core Curriculum.