Description of the major
This major allows students to develop their writing skills through craft classes, literature classes, and writing workshops, in preparation for a variety of postgraduation options, from continuing on to M.F.A. degree programs to various positions in the publishing or editing fields. The program recognizes students must understand the relationship between tradition and individual talent, and provides a required sequence of literature courses designed to give students an overview of the historical literary traditions as well as the traditions of both modern and contemporary prose and poetry, options for additional literature courses (to broaden and/or deepen the nature of that relationship), and a course in creative writing theory. The program culminates in a capstone experience, the senior thesis, a collection of poetry or prose of publishable quality, with a critical preface to the collection demonstrating the students' ability to discuss the nature of their own writing and to place it in a literary context.