Undergraduate Curriculum

English Major with Creative Writing Option


Northwest Boulevard, EWU’s undergraduate literary magazine. One or two MFA candidates per year are chosen to be Graduate Advisors who oversee the production of this student-run magazine.

Our undergraduate Creative Writing program is a studio-based program designed to help students publish their artistic work. It is not intended to prepare a student for a specific career; however, our creative writing graduates, while publishing artistic work, have found diversified careers in editing, publishing, grant writing, teaching, professional schools and many fields less directly related to their writing abilities. Courses in technical communications are complementary to these career interests.

Visit the College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences for more information about the Undergraduate program, or see the University Catalog for complete information and requirements.
Contact EWU’s English Department for any questions about the undergraduate program.

Students who are interested in publishing have the opportunity to hold editorial and design positions with the undergraduate literary magazine Northwest BoulevardThis is a student-run publication which is overseen by one or two Graduate Advisors (MFA candidates).

Students in the Creative Writing option are encouraged to register for five or more credits from the following list of General Education Core Requirements:

HUMN 210 – Classics in Literature (5)
HUMN 211 – Masterpieces of the Western World (5)
History courses appropriate to the student’s area of literary interest.

Note: Two years of a single high school foreign language or one year of a single college level foreign language is required.

Pre-Major Requirements (15 credits)*

*Students must complete CRWR 210 with a grade ≥3.0. ENGL 270 and ENGL 271 each require a grade ≥2.5, and ≥3.0 average for the two courses together.

ENGL 270 – Introduction to Fiction (5)
ENGL 271 – Introduction to Poetry (5)
CRWR 210 – Introduction to Creative Writing (5).

Department Core (30 credits)

ENGL 340 – Survey of British Literature I (5)
ENGL 341 – Survey of British Literature II (5)
ENGL 342 – Survey of British Literature III (5)
ENGL 343 – Survey of American Literature I (5)
ENGL 344 – Survey of American Literature II (5)
ENGL 350 – Shakespeare (5)

Required Creative Writing Courses (10 credits)

CRWR 311 – Form and Theory of Fiction (5)
CRWR 312 – Form and Theory of Poetry (5)
CRWR 313 – Form and Theory of Nonfiction (5)

Required Workshops (10 credits)

CRWR 417 – Creative Writing Workshop (Poetry) (5)
CRWR 417 – Creative Writing Workshop (Fiction) (5)
CRWR 417 – Creative Writing Workshop (Nonfiction) (5)

Senior Thesis (5 credits)

CRWR 491 – Creative Writing Senior Thesis* (5)
*Cannot be taken until completion of CRWR 311, CRWR 312, or CRWR 313 and two CRWR 417 workshops.

Additional Creative Writing credits selected from the following* (5 credits)

*these courses must be different from courses used to satisfy other major requirements

CRWR 311 – Form and Theory of Fiction (5)
CRWR 312 – Form and Theory of Poetry (5)
CRWR 313 – Form and Theory of Literary Nonfiction (5)
CRWR 417 – Creative Writing Workshop (Fiction, Nonfiction, or Poetry) (5)
CRWR 495-40 Publishing Internship: Willow Springs (1-2)
CRWR 495-41 Publishing Internship: Willow Springs Books (1-2)
DESN 360 – Publication Design (4)

Pre-major requirement credits: 15 credits
Department Core credits: 30 credits
Creative writing credits: 30 credits
Total credits for above major: 75 credits