3.4 Minoring and Co-Majoring in MFA the Program

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3.4.1 Minoring in the Creative Writing & Environment program

Graduate students from other majors may obtain a graduate minor in the Creative Writing and Environment (CWE) MFA program. To do so, a prospective student needs to submit to the Graduate Program Staff Assistant, 227 Ross Hall, the following by January 5 for entry the following fall semester:

  • English Department Graduate Minor Request form for approval by the DOGE
  • Statement of intent (2-3 double-spaced pages maximum) including information about creative writing projects completed or currently working on as well as any publications, information about any field work experiences and writers that have influenced your work, issues (place, landscape, the natural world, or environment) that your work engages, organizations worked with or activities related to environmental issues (if any), and writing projects you want to tackle that have an environmental dimension
  • Creative writing sample of no more than 25 pages (prose) or 15 pages (poetry) demonstrating exemplary ability in one genre

The MFA program in Creative Writing and Environment requires 12 credits in creative writing English Department courses at the 500-600 level, and 3 must be Engl 550: Craft and Professional Practice.

Once approved for the MFA CWE minor, an adviser will be assigned who must become a POS committee member representing the minor. That professor’s name and approval as well as that of the DOGE in the English Department are required when you submit the Graduate College Program of Study and Committee Form (POSC) in your AccessPlus account. If your POSC Form has already been approved by the Graduate College, you must submit a modification to your POSC Form in your AccessPlus account adding the minor, the faculty member representing the minor, and the approved coursework for the minor.

3.4.2 Co-majoring in Creative Writing & Environment MFA program

The minimum requirements for a co-major in the Creative Writing and Environment MFA program are the same as those for a major in the program. Students in other MFA majors wishing to co-major in Creative Writing and Environment must meet all requirements in each of their two majors, including the completion of a thesis appropriate to the major in Creative Writing and Environment, to complete this single MFA degree. POS committees must include co-major professors and an additional committee member from the co-major program, each representing the co-major. This is a departmental requirement that is more stringent than the Graduate College minimum requirement. Those professor’s names and approvals as well as that of the DOGE in the English Department are required when you submit the Graduate College Program of Study and Committee Form (POSC) in your AccessPlus account. If your POSC Form has already been approved by the Graduate College, you must submit a modification to your POSC Form in your AccessPlus account adding the co-major, the co-major professor and faculty member representing the co-major, and the approved coursework for the co-major.

  • Apply for the co-major by submitting the English Department’s Co-Major in English Department Graduate Programs Request form to the Graduate Program Staff Assistant, 227 Ross Hall, for approval by the DOGE in time to meet POS, thesis, and final oral examination requirements.
  • You must satisfy all requirements for both majors by outlining your entire proposed POS (54 credits minimum) on the English Department’s Degree Planning Sheet for the CWE major. Submit the DPS with the Request to Co-Major form.
  • Write a thesis that applies to both majors and satisfies POS committee members from both majors.