Carnegie Mellon University

Creative Writing - Primary Major

In addition to satisfying all of the Dietrich College degree requirements for B.A. candidates, which include the General Education curriculum, Creative Writing majors must complete coursework in the following areas below.

Learn how to declare your primary major in Creative Writing.

Curriculum: 11 courses, 99 units total

All courses are 9.0 units each, unless otherwise noted.

Survey of Forms Courses (2 courses, 18 units):

76-260   Survey of Forms: Fiction
76-261   Survey of Forms: Creative Nonfiction
76-262   Survey of Forms: Nonfiction       
76-265   Survey of Forms: Poetry
76-269   Survey of Forms: Screenwriting

Reading in Forms (1 course, 9 units):

76-363   Reading in Forms: Poetry: Intro to Literary Translation    
76-364   Reading in Forms: Fiction

Creative Writing Workshops (4 courses, 36 units):

Students must take at least two workshops in a single genre. Workshops in all genres may be taken more than once for credit, except for Literary Journalism and Magazine Writing. In order to be eligible to enroll in a particular workshop, students must receive a grade of A or B in the Survey of Forms course of that same genre. If students recieve a C in a Survey of Forms course, they may enroll in a related workshop only with the permission of the instructor. If they receive a D or R (failing grade) in Survey of Forms, they may not take a workshop in that genre.

76-360   Literary Journalism Workshop   
76-365   Beginning Poetry Workshop       
76-366   Essay Writing Workshop              
76-375   Magazine Writing            
76-460   Beginning Fiction Workshop       
76-462   Advanced Fiction Workshop       
76-465   Advanced Poetry Workshop       
76-464   Creative Nonfiction Workshop: Magazines and Journals 
76-469   Screenwriting Workshop: Screenwriting/Television Writing

English Electives (4 courses, 36 units):

Complete four additional courses from the English Department’s offerings.

  • Only one of the four English Electives may be at the 200 level. The remaining English Electives must be at the 300 or 400 level.
  • Two of the four English Electives must be courses that are designated as fulfilling the literature requirement and focus on close reading of literary texts.
Please consult the list of courses published each semester by the Department for current offerings. English Electives may include any course offered by the Department, with the exception of 76-222 Creative Writing Matters. In choosing English Electives, students are encouraged to sample courses from across the Department.