Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

English Writing, Bachelor of Science (BS) - Concentration in Creative Writing - Liberal Studies

Program Learning Outcomes

English Writing - Creative Writing, BS

  • Development of Research Strategies: Develop strategies for research and integrating the results of this research into various creative texts.
  • Knowledge of Traditional and Contemporary Techniques: Produce texts that will demonstrate knowledge of traditional and contemporary/experimental techniques in various creative writing genres.
  • Demonstrate Proficiency in Manuscript Preparation: Produce texts that will demonstrate a proficiency in preparing manuscripts in various genres for submission for print and electronic publications.

Universal Program Outcomes

  • Research Tools and Resources: Use the research tools and resources of the profession, integrate them effectively into interpretive arguments, and properly document sources according to professional standards.
  • Knowledge of Technology: Display knowledge of technologies that support both written and oral communication.
  • Degree Program Writing Competency - Understanding of the Writing Process : Understand the writing process to communicate ideas effectively to a variety of audiences.

Related Links

English Writing - Creative Writing, BS Program Page

English Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Major GPA: 2.00 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.00 or higher


Liberal Studies Requirements45-46
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major/Concentration Requirements45

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Liberal Studies Requirements

See Liberal Studies Guide for Goal and Enrichment choices

Goal Course Requirements
Complete Goal requirements as indicated below
Basic Requirements
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
COMM 200Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice3
The Arts
Global Community
Human Institutions/Interpersonal Relationships
Science, Technology & Math
Select nine to ten credits:9-10
Challenges of the Modern Age
Enrichment Course Requirements
Select one course from three of the following Enrichment Areas:9
Total Hours42-43

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3

Major/Concentration Requirements

  • 23 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 23 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
  • Fifteen credits are required outside the English department from one department or a minor or certificate or a major in a subject other than English (15 credits) –Refer to My Rock Audit
Writing Workshops: Required English Courses
ENGL 205Introduction to Professional Writing 13
ENGL 225Introduction to Creative Writing 13
ENGL 309Advanced Professional Writing 13
ENGL 330Literary Publications & Design 13
ENGL 338Creative Writing: Creative Nonfiction 13
ENGL 339Creative Writing: Fiction 13
ENGL 340Creative Writing: Poetry 13
ENGL 346Writing the Graphic Novel 13
ENGL 429Grant and Proposal Writing 13
Writing and Theory
Select two of the following:6
Composition and Rhetoric 1
Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies 1
Introduction to Linguistics and Grammar 1
Writing About Electronic Media and Film 1
Healthcare Writing 1
Historical Development of the English Language 1
Modern English Grammar and Syntax 1
Creative Writing:Screenplay 1
Literary and Cultural Theory 1
Literature Courses
Select two of the following:6
Introduction to Shakespeare 1
Stratford Shakespeare Tour
African-American Literature 1
Literature of the Women's Movement 1
Native American Literature 1
U.S. Latino/a Literatures 1
Asian Literature 1
Selected Topics 1,2
Chaucer and Medieval Culture 1
British Literature I 1
British Literature II 1
American Literature I 1
American Literature II 1
World Literature 1
Capstone Experience – Part I
ENGL 409Professional English 13
Capstone Experience – Part II
Select one of the following options:3
Option 1 - If below a 3.0 Overall GPA
Select one additional literature course from the Required Literature Course listing above
Option 2 - If at a 3.0 or above Overall GPA
Select one of the following:
One additional literature course from the Required Literature Course from the listing above
Senior Writing Project 1
Total Hours45

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

Concentration in Creative Writing - (CREA)
This program is effective as of Summer 2018
Revised 08.2018