Call for Application: 
English Major with a Creative Writing Concentration

Deadline: November 1st

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 inter-relations among creative writing, digital media, criticism, and scholarship. As a concentration with a dual focus on literature and creative work, fully integrated within the English department, this degree offering 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, students benefit from the resources provided by New York City— a worldwide center for literary publishing.


Admission to the English Major with a Creative Writing Concentration is competitive and is based primarily on the strength of your submitted writing sample. Fifteen students total will be admitted each year.

Applicants must:

  • Be in their sophomore or junior year
  • Submit an application and writing sample by completing the online Application Form. Applications are accepted between October 1st - November 1st and you will learn whether you are accepted by mid-December.
  • Normally have an overall GPA of 3.0.  We cannot consider applications from students that are on academic probation.

Course Requirements

The English Major with a Creative Writing Concentration consists of a total of 12 required courses.

  • 1 Junior Theory Course
  • 5 Literature Electives (at 3000 level or above). At least two courses must be about a literary-historical period before 1800.
  • 5 Creative Writing Courses
  • 1 (Non-Credit) Capstone Course. This course will have students working collaboratively to put together a public exhibition of a creative writing project as a culminating experience.



As a creative writing concentrator, you will get guidance from full-time creative writing faculty members to help you choose courses in a manner that provides a coherent focus across writing genres and historical periods, at the same time allowing you to pursue an interest-driven, individualized course of study. Advisors will initially be assigned at random, but you will have the opportunity to adjust your advisor assignment as you develop a mentoring relationship with different faculty members.

Publications & Internships

Creative writing concentrators are encouraged to be involved with one of the publications on campus, including CURA, The Observer (and its literary section, The Comma) and The Ram. Class credit may be earned by working on any of these publications. Creative writing concentrators are also encouraged to explore internships relevant to their course of study.