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2023-24 NSU Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-24 NSU Undergraduate Catalog

Creative Writing B.A.

Location(s): Tahlequah

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OSRHE Program Code: 162
CIP Code: 231302

Major Code: 4258


The Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing guides students in the theory and practice of creative writing, providing immersive learning in foundational techniques, collaboration, and application of advanced craft. The major involves coursework in creative writing, literature, and professional writing across multiple departments.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Study in-depth the major genres of creative writing-fiction, poetry, screenwriting, playwriting, and creative non-fiction.
  2. Learn core and advanced concepts of theory and craft as they relate to the pursuit of creative writing, relying heavily on application of concepts via the workshop model.
  3. Complete deadline-oriented writing projects requiring the application of craft and theory
  4. Prepare for post-collegiate study and the job market by studying literature, rhetoric, technical writing, and/or professional writing.
  5. Complete a capstone project of significant length and complexity that demonstrates the summation of practice and learning in the field of creative writing.


General Education Requirements

A minimum of 46 hours of academic work in general education is required during the freshman and sophomore years.  For students transferring with the Associate of Arts degree or Associate of Science degree from a public institution in Oklahoma, all general education requirements will be satisfied with respect to degree requirements.  However, some majors may require other specific general education courses as program prerequisites or program requirements.  Students should consult advisors and the program’s plan of study for further information.  Students are required to complete general education requirements by the time they have completed 90 semester hours of college work.  See General Education Requirements  for more information.

Creative Writing General Education Requirements

The following are course prerequisites that may be completed as part of the General Education requirements.

General English Electives - 15 hours

Major Total - 42 hours

Minor - 18 hours

A minor is required for the Creative Writing Major.

Additional Degree Information - College of Liberal Arts

In addition to general education and program requirements stated above, additional hours may be needed to satisfy all minimum degree requirements listed below.

  • English Proficiency: Components I and II of English proficiency should be met with grades of “C” or better prior to the completion of 60 credit hours.
  • ​A minimum of 124 hours is required. PE activity is limited to four hours. Prior learning credit (CLEP, Advanced Standing, Military Credit, etc) is limited to 30 hours.
  • ​A minimum of 30 hours in residence (from NSU) is required for graduation. PE activity is limited to four hours. Hours in residence exclude zero-level courses and prior learning credit such as CLEP, Advanced Placement, Advanced Standing, Military Credit, etc.​
  • A minimum of 40 hours of 3000/4000 level courses is required for graduation.  ​
  • A minimum of 60 hours from a 4-year school is required for graduation excluding zero level and PE activity courses.
  • At least fifty percent of the major requirements must be upper division courses (3000 and 4000 level).
  • At least 18 hours or fifty percent of the major, whichever is greater, must be satisfactorily completed at NSU.
  • The minimum number of credit hours required in the Liberal Arts and Sciences varies based on the type of degree.  B.A., B.F.A. degrees require at least 80 hours.  B.S. degrees require at least 55 hours.  B.A.Ed., B.G.S., B.M.E. and B.S.W. degrees require at least 40 hours.  Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) courses are identified in catalog course descriptions.

For more information, see Bachelor’s Degree Requirements .



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