BA in Creative Writing

UTEP offers a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing through a curriculum that combines literary studies with intensive writing workshops. The program emphasizes the rigorous study of literature alongside the acquisition of skills in the writing of fiction, poetry, essays, plays, screenplays and literary translation. As such, the degree plan strikes a balance between theory and practice, between critical and imaginative thinking. As students progress in their degree plan, they are free to place emphasis on or specialize in the study and writing of a specific genre. Another feature of this degree is the possibility for qualified students to write a creative honors thesis. This is a chance for students to work closely with faculty on a culminating project, in a way that is usually possible only for graduate students. The creative-writing faculty is comprised of well-published, active writers who also have a passion for teaching. They believe in closely mentoring students to give them a quality experience as writers in the making.

This degree plan includes the general requirements for a BA degree in Creative Writing.

Degree Plan

BA in Creative Writing

Minor Required
This program requires the selection of a minor.
University Core Curriculum
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements. 42
Creative Writing Major
Required Courses:
CRW 3362
CRW 3363
Intro to Creative Writing
and Foundational Techniques 1
6
CRW 4305Senior Seminar3
Junior-Senior Block:
Select five courses of the following: 215
Reading and Writing Fiction
Reading and Writing Poetry
Writing in Society
Narrative Techniques
Poetics
Playwriting
Screenwriting
Non-Fiction
Literary Translation
Literature Courses:
Select two courses of the following: 36
ENGL literature courses:
Literary Studies
Young Adult Literature
Chicana/o Literature
American Literature to 1865
Am. Literature 1865 to Present
African American Literature
Native American Literature
Sixteenth-Cent. Prose & Poetry
Shakespeare
Shakespeare's Plays and Poetry
17th Century Prose and Poetry
Restoration & 18th Century Lit
Romantic Literature
Victorian Literature
Women in Literature
Chaucer
Milton
British Drama Since 1880
Advanced Literary Studies
British Novel thru 18th Cent
British Novel: 19th Century
British Novel: 20th Century
SPAN literature courses:
Writing in Society
Narrative Techniques
Poetics
Teaching Creative Writing
Honors Seminar 3
Poetics and Performance
Critical Intro to Hispanic Lit
Spanish Literature Before 1700
Spanish Amer Lit to Modernism
Spanish Lit Since 1700
Span Amer Lit Since Modernism
Confluence Mex & Chicano Lit
Literature of Mexico
Golden Age Drama
19th Century Spanish Literatur
The Short Story
Modern Drama
20th Century Spanish Literat
20th Cen Spanish Amer Novel
Cervantes
Spanish American Poetry
Open Electives
Select additional hours to complete a total of one hundred twenty hours
Foreign Language
Select six credit of Foreign Language. All six credits must be in the same language sequence. 46
Block Electives
Complete twelve upper-division hours from the blocks below, with three to six hours in each12
Total Hours120
 

BA in Creative Writing w/a Concentration in 7-12 ELA Certification

Minor in Secondary Education for students majoring in Creative Writing—Students will follow the requirements of the School of Education.

Background Check Required
A complete background check is required of all students who wish to receive teacher certification in the State of Texas. Students will be required to pass a background check before certification will be conferred by the State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC).
University Core Curriculum
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements. 42
Creative Writing Major
Required Courses:
CRW 3362
CRW 3363
Intro to Creative Writing
and Foundational Techniques 1
6
CRW 4305Senior Seminar3
Select five courses of the following: 215
Reading and Writing Fiction
Reading and Writing Poetry
Writing in Society
Narrative Techniques
Poetics
Playwriting
Screenwriting
Non-Fiction
Literary Translation
Literature Courses:
Select two courses of the following: 36
ENGL literature courses:
Literary Studies
Young Adult Literature
Chicana/o Literature
American Literature to 1865
Am. Literature 1865 to Present
African American Literature
Native American Literature
Sixteenth-Cent. Prose & Poetry
Shakespeare
Shakespeare's Plays and Poetry
17th Century Prose and Poetry
Restoration & 18th Century Lit
Romantic Literature
Victorian Literature
Women in Literature
Chaucer
Milton
British Drama Since 1880
Advanced Literary Studies
British Novel thru 18th Cent
British Novel: 19th Century
British Novel: 20th Century
SPAN literature courses:
Writing in Society
Narrative Techniques
Poetics
Teaching Creative Writing
Honors Seminar 3
Poetics and Performance
Critical Intro to Hispanic Lit
Spanish Literature Before 1700
Spanish Amer Lit to Modernism
Spanish Lit Since 1700
Span Amer Lit Since Modernism
Confluence Mex & Chicano Lit
Literature of Mexico
Golden Age Drama
19th Century Spanish Literatur
The Short Story
Modern Drama
20th Century Spanish Literat
20th Cen Spanish Amer Novel
Cervantes
Spanish American Poetry
Secondary Education Minor
Required Courses:
BED 4317Tch & Empwr ELLs in Sec Schls3
CRW 3376Teaching Creative Writing3
EDPC 3300Developmental Variations3
RED 3342Content Area Literacy3
SCED 3311Curriculum Plan-Secondary Schl3
SCED 4691Student Teaching in Sec School6
Open Electives
Select additional hours to complete a total of one hundred twenty hours
Foreign Language
Select six credit of Foreign Language. All six credits must be in the same language sequence. 46
Block Electives
Complete twelve upper-division hours from the blocks below, with three to six hours in each12
Total Hours120

University Core Curriculum

NOTE: The department may make specific suggestions for courses which are most applicable towards your major.

Psychology and Criminal Justice majors and minors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I or a higher level Calculus course.

Business majors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I or a higher level Calculus course.

NOTE: All courses require a C or better

Communication (six hours)

The objective of the communication component is to enable the student to communicate effectively in clear and correct prose or orally in a style appropriate to the subject, occasion, and audience.
Select six hours of the following: 6
For students whose secondary education was in English:
Written and Oral Communication
Writing About Literature
Rhetoric & Composition I
Rhetoric & Composition 2
Rhetoric, Composition & Comm
For students whose secondary education was not in English:
ESOL 1311Expos Engl Compos-Spkr Esl3
ESOL 1312Res & Crit Writng Spkr Esl3
Total Hours12

American History (six hours)

The objectives of the history component are to expand students’ knowledge of the origin and history of the U.S., their comprehension of the past and current role of the U.S. in the world, and their ability to critically evaluate and analyze historical evidence. U.S. history courses (three hours must be Texas history) include:
HIST 1301History of U.S. to 18653
HIST 1302History of U.S. Since 18653
Total Hours6

Language, Philosophy & Culture  (three hours)

The objective of the humanities component is to expand students' knowledge of the human condition and human cultures, especially in relation to behaviors, ideas, and values expressed in works of human imagination and thought. Through study in disciplines such as literature and philosophy, students engage in critical analysis and develop an appreciation of the humanities as fundamental to the health and survival of any society.
Select one of the following:3
Latina/o Presence in the U.S.
English Literature
English Literature
Intro to American Fiction
Intro to American Drama
Intro to American Poetry
Making of the "Other" Americas
World History to 1500
World History Since 1500
Introduction to Philosophy
Ethics
Introduct to Religious Studies
Seeing & Naming: Conversations
Introduction to Womens Studies
Global Feminisms
Total Hours3

Mathematics  (three hours)

The objective of the mathematics component is to develop a quantitatively literate college graduate. Every college graduate should be able to apply basic mathematical tools in the solution of real-world problems.
Select one of the following:3
College Algebra
Trigonometry and Conics
Math in the Modern World
Math for Social Sciences I
Calculus I
Precalculus 1,2
Math for Social Sciences II
Statistical Literacy
Elementary Statistical Methods
1 A higher-level course in the calculus sequence can be substituted.
2 TCCN MATH 1314 will also satisfy this requirement.
Total Hours3

Life & Physical Sciences  (six hours)

The objective of the study of the natural sciences is to enable the student to understand, construct, and evaluate relationships in the natural sciences, and to enable the student to understand the bases for building and testing theories. The courses listed are for non-majors; the major courses in the discipline can be substituted for the non-major sequence. A minimum of two semesters of lecture and one semester of laboratory associated with one of the courses, or two semesters of combined (3 credit) lecture-laboratory courses (Only six hours apply toward the required 42.):
Select one of the following:1-4
Astronomy Lab I
Elem Astronomy-Solar System
Elem Astr Stars & Galaxies
Introductory Biology Lab
Human Biology Laboratory
Topics in Study of Life I
Organismal Biology Laboratory
Introductory Biology
Human Biology
General Biology
Organismal Biology
Human Anat/Physio Lab I
Human Anat/Physio Lab II
Human Anat/Physiology I
Human Anat/Physiology II
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1306
Intro General Chemistry Lab
Intro Organic & Biochem Lab
General Chemistry
General Chemistry
Intro to General Chemistry
Intro Organic & Biochemistry
Environmental Sci. Lab
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Intro to Environment Science 2
Intro to Environmental Sci
Laboratory for GEOG 1306
Physical Geography
Lab for GEOL 1313
Lab for GEOL 1314
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Laboratory for Geology 1212
Principles of Earth Sciences
Principles of Earth Science
The Blue Planet
Natural Hazards
Intro to Physical Geology
Intro to Historical Geol
Fundamentals of Nutrition
Wellness Dynamics
Microorganisms and Disease
General Physics I
General Physics II
Introductory Mechanics
Introductory Electromagnetism
Total Hours1-4

Political Science  (six hours)

The objectives of the political science component are to expand students’ knowledge of the origin and evolution of the U.S. and Texas political systems, focusing on the growth of political institutions, and on the constitutions of Texas and the United States; and to enhance their understanding of federalism, states rights, and individual civil liberties, rights, and responsibilities.
Required Courses:
POLS 2310Introduction to Politics3
POLS 2311American Gover & Politics3
Total Hours6

Social and Behavioral Sciences  (three hours)

The objective of the social and behavioral science component is to increase students' knowledge of how social and behavioral scientists discover, describe, and explain the behaviors and interactions among individuals, groups, institutions, events, and ideas. Such knowledge will better equip students to understand themselves and the roles they play in addressing the issues facing humanity.
Select one of the following:3
Intro-Phys Anth/Archeolog
Intro-Cultural Anthropology
Cultural Geography
Intro to Linguistics
Econ for Engrs & Scientists
Interpersonal Communication
Mass Media and Society
Principles of Economics
Principles of Economics
Introduction to Ed Psychology
Action Research in Classrooms
Introduction to Linguistics
Cultural Geography
An Intro. to Linguistics
Lang. Inside & Out: Sel Topics
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Cultural Geography
Total Hours3

 Creative Arts (three hours)

The objective of the visual and performing arts component is to expand students' knowledge and appreciation of the human imagination as expressed through works of visual art, dance, music, theatre and film. Through study in these disciplines, students will form aesthetic judgments and develop an appreciation of the arts as fundamental to the health and survival of any society.
Select one of the following:3
Art Appreciation
History of Art I
History of Art II
Dance Appreciation
Intro-Art of Motion Pict.
Music Appreciation
Jazz to Rock
Music, Culture, and Society
Introduction to Theatre
Total Hours3

Component Area Option (six hours)

The objective of the institutionally designated option component is to develop the critical thinking skills and academic tools required to be an effective learner. Special emphasis is placed on the use of technology in problem-solving, communications, and knowledge acquisition.
Select two of the following:6
Intro to Global Business
Public Speaking
Business/Profession Comm
Intro-Computational Thinking
Computer Programming Sci/Engr
Eng Innovation and Leadership
Inquiry in Math & Science
Seminar/Critical Inquiry
Total Hours6

Block Electives

(Core courses and courses from major or minor area cannot be counted as block electives)

Fine and Performing Arts

ART 3300Art Exploration3
ARTE 3307Introduction to Art Education3
ARTH 3353Pre-Columb Art & Arch3
CHIC 3302Chicano Cinema3
CHIC 3303Border Image in Mexican Film3
CHIC 3304Chicano/Latino Music in the US3
CHIC 3343Latino/a Voices in Perf Activi3
CHIC 3344Chicana/o Theatre3
CHIC 3345The Roots of Latina/o Hip Hop3
CHIC 3346Dances of Mexico and Spain3
CHIC 3347AmerCinema of the US-Mex Bord3
DANC 3303History of Dance as a Perf Art3
DANC 3322World Dance3
DANC 3347Jazz & Other Stage Danc Form I3
DANC 3348American Dance Forms - Jazz3
FILM 3302Chicano Cinema3
FILM 3303The Border Image in Mex. Film3
FILM 3315Screenwriting3
FILM 3391African-American Filmmakers3
FILM 3394Documentary Cinema3
FILM 3395Women and Film3
FILM 4340Selected Topics/ Film Studies3
FREN 4389Acting Out:Spectacle & Stage3
MUSL 3324Music in World Cultures3
MUSL 3325Music on the Border3
MUSL 3326Social History of Rock3
MUSL 3327History of Jazz3
MUSL 3329Topics in Music Hist & Culture3
MUSL 3332Music and Film3
MUSL 3333Music of the Middle East3
MUSL 3334Intro to Ethnomusicology3
SPAN 4341Modern Drama3
THEA 3335Contemp Hispanic Thea & Drama3
THEA 3340History of Costume Design3
THEA 3341Principles of Costuming3
THEA 3342Lighting Design3
THEA 3343Scenic Painting3
THEA 3350Creative Drama3
THEA 3351Theatre Hist and Literature I3
THEA 3352Theatre Hist and Literature II3
THEA 3355Broadway Musicals-A History3
THEA 3356Women in Drama3
THEA 4304Theatre Pract/Non-Majors3
WS 3331Gender & Popular Culture3
WS 3335Feminist Film3
WS 3382Gender Issues in the Arts3

Humanities

AFST 3390Topics in African/Amer Studies3
CHIC 3301La Chicana3
CHIC 3305Chic Ident Form:Race,Class&Gen3
CHIC 3311Chicano Studies: Societal Issu3
CHIC 4301Chicano Legal History3
CHIC 4308Chicana/o Thought3
CRW 3362Intro to Creative Writing3
CRW 3373Writing in Society3
ENGL 3300Intro. to Literary Studies3
ENGL 3301Literary Studies3
ENGL 3302Literature and Film3
ENGL 3304Gothic Literature3
ENGL 3305Children's Literature3
ENGL 3306Young Adult Literature3
ENGL 3309Detective Fiction3
ENGL 3310Chicana/o Literature3
ENGL 3311American Literature to 18653
ENGL 3312Am. Literature 1865 to Present3
ENGL 3315African American Literature3
ENGL 3316Native American Literature3
ENGL 3317Postcolonial Literature3
ENGL 3318British Literature Before 14853
ENGL 3319Sixteenth-Cent. Prose & Poetry3
ENGL 3320Shakespeare3
ENGL 3321Shakespeare's Plays and Poetry3
ENGL 332317th Century Prose and Poetry3
ENGL 3325Literature of the Bible3
ENGL 3327Jewish American Literature3
ENGL 3328Holocaust Literature and Film3
ENGL 3330Restoration & 18th Century Lit3
ENGL 3331World Literature3
ENGL 3333Romantic Literature3
ENGL 3337Victorian Literature3
ENGL 3341History of Form I3
ENGL 3344Am. Poetry 1900 to Present3
ENGL 3360Women in Literature3
ENGL 3371Southwestern Literature3
ENGL 3374Folklore Of Mexican American3
ENGL 4308Chaucer3
ENGL 4309Milton3
ENGL 4314Literary Criticism3
ENGL 4316Am. Nonfiction/Poetry To 19003
ENGL 4317American Fiction To 19003
ENGL 4318Early 20TH Cent Am. Fiction3
ENGL 4319Am. Fiction 1945 to Present3
ENGL 4322The American Drama3
ENGL 4325British Drama Since 18803
ENGL 4340Advanced Literary Studies3
ENGL 4347British Novel thru 18th Cent3
ENGL 4348British Novel: 19th Century3
ENGL 4349British Novel: 20th Century3
ENGL 4350Maj Am. Writer(s) through 19003
ENGL 4351Maj Am Writer(s) since 19003
FREN 3301French Literature to 17153
FREN 3303French Literature Since 17153
FREN 3320French Civilization3
FREN 3355Assuming the Power of Speech3
FREN 4387Poetry, Art of Ages:Lai to Rai3
FREN 4388Pleasure of Text: Genre, Narra3
FREN 4389Acting Out:Spectacle & Stage3
FREN 4390Topics in French3
all HIST 3300 - HIST 4300 except HIST 4325, HIST 4330, HIST 4390
all HUMN 3300 - HUMN 4300
JS 3300 - JS 4300
LABS 3300The Americas3
LABS 3301The Border3
LING 3313English Historical Linguistics3
LING 3315History of Spanish Language3
MS 3313U.S. Military History3
all PHIL 3300 - PHIL 4300
all RS 3300 - RS 4300
RWS 3355Workplace Writing3
RWS 3359Technical Writing3
all SPAN 3300 - SPAN 4300 except SPAN 3309, SPAN 3311, SPAN 4301
WS 3351Gender & Religion3
WS 3360Women in Literature3
WS 3383Gender Issues in Humanities3
WS 4310Feminist Theory3

Social and Behavioral Sciences

AFST 4304Envir. Just. & Min. Comm. U.S.3
all ANTH 3300 - ANTH 4300
CHIC 3301La Chicana3
CHIC 3305Chic Ident Form:Race,Class&Gen3
CHIC 3311Chicano Studies: Societal Issu3
CHIC 3339Cultural Diversity & Youth: US3
CHIC 4301Chicano Legal History3
CHIC 4304Envir. Just. & Min. Comm U.S.3
CHIC 4306Comm Formation on US/MX Border3
CHIC 4307Hispanic Entrepreneurship3
CHIC 4308Chicana/o Thought3
CHIC 4309American Immigration & Soc Jus3
COMM 3322Communication and Conflict3
COMM 3323Comm & Org Leadership3
COMM 3344Media Programming for Radio/TV3
COMM 3345Media Scriptwriting3
COMM 3353Intercultural Communication3
COMM 3354Small Group3
COMM 3355Organizational Communication3
COMM 4341Media Announcing & Performance3
COMM 4350Selected Topics3
COMM 4352Contemporary Rhetoric3
COMM 4360Environmental Communication3
COMM 4361Environmental Conflict & Comm3
COMM 4362Gender and Communication3
COMM 4363Political Communication3
COMM 4364Communicating Positive Devian3
COMM 4365Comm Healthy Communities3
COMM 4366Communication of Public Herit3
COMM 4368Borderlands Communication3
CRIJ 3321Family Violence3
CRIJ 3351Crim Just on US-Mexico Border3
CRIJ 4303Crime, Criminal Justice & Film3
CRIJ 4311Immigration Law and Admin3
CRIJ 4385Study Abroad in Crim Justice3
INSS 3301Historical Dev of Nat'l Sec3
INSS 3302Sem in Intel and Nat'l Sec3
INSS 4350Selected Problems in Intel3
INSS 4351Professional Practices3
LABS 3300The Americas3
LABS 3301The Border3
LABS 4301Topics Lat Amer/Border Stud3
LEAD 3300Contemporary Theories of Lead3
all LING 3300 - LING 4300 except LING 3313, LING 3315
all POLS 3300 - POLS 4399
PSYC 3315Psychology and the Law3
PSYC 4309History & Systems Psychology3
PSYC 4316Language and Cognition3
all SOCI 3300 - SOCI 4300
WS 3301La Chicana3
WS 3370Gender Roles & Society3
WS 3372Women & Work in the Sex Indust3
WS 3380Social Justice Values at Work3
WS 3384Gender Issues in Social Scincs3
WS 4310Feminist Theory3
WS 4360Jr/Sr Seminar/Women's Studies3
RWS 3345Editing3
RWS 3355Workplace Writing3
RWS 3357Issues in Tech & Rhetoric3
RWS 3358Special Topics in Writing3
RWS 3359Technical Writing3
RWS 3365Adv Composition:Rhet Theory3
RWS 3366Advanced Composition: Argument3
RWS 4300Senior Writing Practicum3

 The courses below will apply to different blocks based on the term and section completed

  • Please see dept or schedule book (online) for details