English, M.F.A. - Creative Writing

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For further information: CreativeWritingGrad@southernct.edu

Application Deadline

For Fall semester, applications are due the LAST FRIDAY in June. If you wish to be eligible to apply for an English Department GTA award or a Graduate School GSGA or GRF award, applications are due the FIRST FRIDAY in February. For Spring semester, applications are due the LAST FRIDAY in November. You are always welcome to submit materials earlier than the deadline.

Admissions Procedures

Candidates for any graduate degree or certification program in English should make certain that they have all materials on file with the Office of Graduate Admissions. 

Prospective degree candidates may register as part-time non-matriculated students in graduate courses. Up to nine credits of non-matriculated course work may be applied toward the degree if the student is admitted to a program.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships in Composition

The graduate teaching assistantship in English Composition offers graduate students the opportunity to observe and teach in the college classroom. Applicants must either be matriculated graduate students in English who have completed 6 credits or more in graduate English courses with at least a 3.5 average in those classes or newly admitted students whose GPA in undergraduate English courses is strong enough to warrant consideration. Those who receive the award, a stipend of approximately $4,800, intern in English composition during the fall semester and are mentored by the Director of Composition or a departmental designee. They may also be given the opportunity to teach one composition course the following spring, depending on course availability. Past teaching assistants have found the assistantship valuable in discovering a call to teach, securing part-time work, preparing for doctoral or additional graduate-level study, and attaining positions in secondary schools. Two to three awards are given each year. Applications are due in March and selection occurs in April for the following fall. Application materials are available in the English Department office and at the English Department website:
(www.SouthernCT.edu/academics/schools/arts/departments/english/graduate2016-2017programs/graduate2016-2017teachingassistantships.html ).

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Degree

The M.F.A. in Creative Writing at Southern is a full-residency, terminal-degree program, preparing students for careers as writers, teachers, editors, and professionals in the publishing world. With its main focus on the writing workshop and the creative thesis, the M.F.A. also requires students to study literature at the graduate level and provides opportunities for students to train for teaching collegiate-level writing. Admission to the M.F.A. program is competitive, with roughly six poets and six fiction-writers admitted each year. The deadline for applications is March 1. Applicants will be notified of their status as early as possible. To be accepted into the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program, candidates must:

Program Sequence (Fiction) - 48 Credits

As sequencing changes, it is highly recommended that students meet with their program advisor to finalize a list of requirements for graduation.  

MFA in Creative Writing: Fiction
Four workshop classes in major genre (12 credits)
ENG 502: Prose Fiction Writing I - 3 credits
ENG 503: Prose Fiction Writing II (note: this course may be repeated for credit) - 3 credits

One workshop class in minor genre (3 Credits):

ENG 402: Advanced Poetry Writing - 3 credits
or
ENG 506: The Writing of Poetry I - 3 credits
or
ENG 507: The Writing of Poetry II (note: this course may be repeated for credit) - 3 credits

 

Five classes in literature or literary theory (15 credits):

ENG 508: Contemporary Critical Theory - 3 credits
ENG 509: Contemporary Poetic Theory - 3 credits
ENG 511: Love and the Body in Medieval Consciousness - 3 credits
ENG 512: Literature of the Anglo-Saxons - 3 credits
ENG 514: English Medieval Literature - 3 credits
ENG 515: Writing the Novel I - 3 credits
ENG 516: Writing the Novel II - 3 credits
ENG 517: Research Methods - 3 credits
ENG 521: Feminist Theory and Literary Criticism - 3 credits
ENG 522: Wright, Ellison, and Baldwin - 3 credits
ENG 523: Contemporary African American Literature - 3 credits
ENG 524: The Harlem Renaissance - 3 credits
ENG 525: 17th Century Poetry - 3 credits
ENG 529: African American Rhetorical Theory - 3 credits
ENG 531: Feminist Rhetorical Theory - 3 credits
ENG 536: Early Victorians: 1837-1870 - 3 credits
ENG 537: Later Victorians: 1870-1914 - 3 credits
ENG 538: Victorian Novel - 3 credits
ENG 540: Classical Drama - 3 credits
ENG 542: Shakespeare - 3 credits
ENG 548: Modern and Contemporary Drama - 3 credits
ENG 552: English Renaissance - 3 credits
ENG 555: The 18th Century: Age of Satire - 3 credits
ENG 557: Romantic Period - 3 credits
ENG 559: 20th Century English Literature - 3 credits
ENG 560: 20th Century American Drama - 3 credits
ENG 562: The American Novel Before 1850 - 3 credits
ENG 564: Poe, Hawthorne, and Melville - 3 credits
ENG 565: Emerson, Thoreau, and Whitman - 3 credits
ENG 566: 20th Century American Poets - 3 credits
ENG 567: Mark Twain, Howells, and James - 3 credits
ENG 568: American Novel: 1900-1945 - 3 credits
ENG 569: American Novel Since 1945 - 3 credits
ENG 570: The Epic - 3 credits
ENG 571: Myth and the Contemporary Hero - 3 credits
ENG 572: The Short Story - 3 credits
ENG 576: Comparative Study of the 19th Century Novel - 3 credits
ENG 578: Comparative Study of the 20th Century Novel - 3 credits
ENG 579: Comparative Studies of the Essay - 3 credits
ENG 580: Chaucer - 3 credits
ENG 581: Medieval Women and Literature - 3 credits
ENG 583: Arthurian Legend - 3 credits
ENG 584: Milton - 3 credits
ENG 586: Seminar in American Literature - 3 credits
ENG 587: Seminar in British Literature - 3 credits
ENG 588: Seminar in Comparative Literature - 3 credits
ENG 597: Graduate Internship in Teaching Writing (note: this course may be repeated for credit) - 3 credits
ENG 600: Independent Study and Research (provided the subject is literature and/or theory) - 3 credits

 

Twelve elective credits (minimum of 6 in the English Dept) (12 credits) (Note: all courses listed above, in addition to those listed immediately below, may be used as elective credits):

ENG 504: The Teaching of Writing - 3 credits
ENG 505: Applied English Linguistics - 3 credits
ENG 506: The Writing of Poetry I - 3 credits
ENG 507: The Writing of Poetry II - 3 credits
ENG 510: History of the English Language - 3 credits
ENG 518: Philosophy of Composition - 3 credits
ENG 519: Teaching College Writing - 3 credits
ENG 585: Special Topics in Composition/Rhetoric - 3 credits

 

Thesis: book-length manuscript of original fiction (6 credits):

ENG 590: English Thesis - 3 credits

 

Note: six credits of undergraduate courses in the 300- and 400-level (ENG 402 among them) may be applied to the MFA requirements.

 

Program Sequence (Poetry) - 48 Credits

 

MFA in Creative Writing: Fiction
Four workshop classes in major genre (12 credits)
ENG 506: The Writing of Poetry I - 3 credits
ENG 507: The Writing of Poetry II (note: this course may be repeated for credits)

One workshop class in minor genre (3 Credits):

ENG 406: Advanced Fiction Writing - 3 credits
or
ENG 502: Prose Fiction Writing I - 3 credits
or
ENG 503: Prose Fiction Writing II - 3 credits

Five classes in literature or literary theory (15 credits):

ENG 508: Contemporary Critical Theory - 3 credits
ENG 509: Contemporary Poetic Theory - 3 credits
ENG 511: Love and the Body in Medieval Consciousness - 3 credits
ENG 512: Literature of the Anglo-Saxons - 3 credits
ENG 514: English Medieval Literature - 3 credits
ENG 515: Writing the Novel I - 3 credits
ENG 516: Writing the Novel II - 3 credits
ENG 517: Research Methods - 3 credits
ENG 521: Feminist Theory and Literary Criticism - 3 credits
ENG 522: Wright, Ellison, and Baldwin - 3 credits
ENG 523: Contemporary African American Literature - 3 credits
ENG 524: The Harlem Renaissance - 3 credits
ENG 525: 17th Century Poetry - 3 credits
ENG 529: African American Rhetorical Theory - 3 credits
ENG 531: Feminist Rhetorical Theory - 3 credits
ENG 536: Early Victorians: 1837-1870 - 3 credits
ENG 537: Later Victorians: 1870-1914 - 3 credits
ENG 538: Victorian Novel - 3 credits
ENG 540: Classical Drama - 3 credits
ENG 542: Shakespeare - 3 credits
ENG 548: Modern and Contemporary Drama - 3 credits
ENG 552: English Renaissance - 3 credits
ENG 555: The 18th Century: Age of Satire - 3 credits
ENG 557: Romantic Period - 3 credits
ENG 559: 20th Century English Literature - 3 credits
ENG 560: 20th Century American Drama - 3 credits
ENG 562: The American Novel Before 1850 - 3 credits
ENG 564: Poe, Hawthorne, and Melville - 3 credits
ENG 565: Emerson, Thoreau, and Whitman - 3 credits
ENG 566: 20th Century American Poets - 3 credits
ENG 567: Mark Twain, Howells, and James - 3 credits
ENG 568: American Novel: 1900-1945 - 3 credits
ENG 569: American Novel Since 1945 - 3 credits
ENG 570: The Epic - 3 credits
ENG 571: Myth and the Contemporary Hero - 3 credits
ENG 572: The Short Story - 3 credits
ENG 576: Comparative Study of the 19th Century Novel - 3 credits
ENG 578: Comparative Study of the 20th Century Novel - 3 credits
ENG 579: Comparative Studies of the Essay - 3 credits
ENG 580: Chaucer - 3 credits
ENG 581: Medieval Women and Literature - 3 credits
ENG 583: Arthurian Legend - 3 credits
ENG 584: Milton - 3 credits
ENG 586: Seminar in American Literature - 3 credits
ENG 587: Seminar in British Literature - 3 credits
ENG 588: Seminar in Comparative Literature - 3 credits
ENG 597: Graduate Internship in Teaching Writing (note: this course may be repeated for credit) - 3 credits
ENG 600: Independent Study and Research (provided the subject is literature and/or theory) - 3 credits

Twelve elective credits (minimum of 6 in the English Dept) (12 credits) (Note: all courses listed above, in addition to those listed immediately below, may be used as elective credits):

ENG 502: Prose Fiction Writing I - 3 credits
ENG 503: Prose Fiction Writing II - 3 credits
ENG 504: The Teacher of Writing - 3 credits
ENG 505: Applied English Linguistics - 3 credits
ENG 510: History of the English Language - 3 credits
ENG 518: Philosophy of Composition - 3 credits
ENG 519: Teaching College Writing - 3 credits
ENG 585: Special Topics in Composition/Rhetoric - 3 credits

Thesis: book-length manuscript of original fiction (6 credits):

ENG 590: English Thesis - 3 credits

Note: six credits of undergraduate courses in the 300- and 400-level (ENG 402 among them) may be applied to the MFA requirements.