Jun 05, 2023  
2016-2017 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Creative Writing, B.A.

The Bachelor of Arts with a major in creative writing is an interdisciplinary program that resides in the Department of English Language and Literature . Courses are taught by English, theatre, communication and languages faculty. The creative writing major requires 33 hours. Students will study literary technique, style, form, genre, and the Anglo-American literary tradition while developing as poets, writers of fiction, creative nonfiction, and performance-based work. A minor is required.

Students who can write clearly and think creatively typically find jobs in a wide range of occupations, many of them located well beyond what is traditionally considered the career path of English or creative writing. Some of the most common jobs are editing/publishing, grant and proposal writing, feature film and television writer and digital copywriter just to name a few.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain greater familiarity with creative writing in four genres, including fiction, poetry, non-fiction and performance writing.
  • Learn skills, techniques, and approaches to writing through reading, practice and public presentation.
  • Develop a critical awareness of one’s values and aspirations as a writer.

Tulsa Curriculum Requirements (53 hours)

General Curriculum (25 hours)****

  • Block I Aesthetic Inquiry and Creative Experience (6 hours)
  • Block II Historical and Social Interpretation (12 hours)
  • Block III Scientific Investigation (7 hours including one lab)


*AS 1001  is required for freshmen matriculating at TU immediately after graduating from high school.

**AS 2001  is required for sophomores.

***Language requirement may vary depending upon placement.

****No more than two courses from any one discipline may be used to fulfill General Curriculum requirements. Two courses must be taken which meet the Cultural Diversity and Gender Studies requirement.

Some students may be required to take ENGL 1004 Introduction to College Writing  and MATH 1053 College Algebra .

Creative Writing Major Requirements (33 hours)

Creative Writing (18 hours)


  • Five 3000- or 4000-level creative writing courses selected from at least two of the five genres below:

Literature (15 hours)

Upper Level Literature Electives

Three courses in any period or language at the 3000 or 4000 level selected from the following:

  • Any 3000 or 4000 level ENGL course not designated as creative writing


Up to 6 hours of courses in literatures other than English may be taken to fulfill reading courses with approval of advisor.

Required Minor (12 hours)

Students must, with the advisor’s approval, enroll in at least 12 hours in a minor field.  Six of these hours must be at the 3000 level or above.

General Electives (26 hours)

Total: 124 hours