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English and Creative Writing

NOTE: The requirements for the concentrations and minors in English and creative writing outlined in this section pertain to students in the classes of 2016 and 2017. Beginning with the Class of 2018, students pursuing the study of English, creative writing and/or comparative literature will take courses through the Literature and Creative Writing Department. See that department for more information. For information contact Nathaniel Strout at nstrout@hamilton.edu.

The English and Creative Writing Department offers two concentrations, one in the study of literature and one in the art of creative writing. Each concentration consists of a total of 12 courses: 10 courses in the target concentration, and two courses in language study (see the description of the language requirement below).

CREATIVE WRITING
A concentration in creative writing consists of 10 courses: four workshops (215, 304, 305 and 419) and six courses in literature written in English:
1) 204 and 205 (206);
2) at least one course in pre-1660 literature;
3) at least one course in literature from 1660-1900;
4) at least one course in post-1900 literature;
5) at least one additional course (which may be a 100-level English course).

At least one literature course must be at the advanced level (numbered 300 or higher).

A course in film study, a course in a foreign literature taught in the original language (not used to complete the language requirement; see below), or a course in comparative literature may be counted as the elective.

The chronological period for a course is stated at the end of its description in the catalog. Not all courses fit into one of the chronological periods.   Courses in expository writing (Writing 110 and Writing 310) do not count toward the concentration or minor in creative writing. Students may take no more than one creative writing workshop in a term. Transfer courses are not accepted as substitutes for the workshops.

The Senior Program in creative writing consists of the Seminar in Creative Writing (419).

Students who have attained distinguished achievement in the concentration at the end of the junior year (normally a 3.5 average) may be considered for honors. The department will recommend for honors students who receive an A- or better on work submitted for honors and who earn a cumulative average of 3.5 or better in courses taken for the concentration (the cumulative average of 215, 304, 305 and 419 must also be 3.5 or better).

A minor in creative writing consists of five courses: two courses in literature written in English (which may include a 100-level English course), 215, and either 204 and 304 or 205 (206) and 305. Students concentrating in English literature may not minor in creative writing.

ENGLISH
The concentration consists of 10 courses in literature written in English:
1) at least one course from among 204, 205 (206);
2) at least one course in pre-1660 literature;
3) at least one course in literature from 1660-1900;
4) at least one course in post-1900 literature;
5) at least one 500-level seminar, taken in the spring of the senior year;
6) at least five additional courses (only one of which may be a 100-level English course).

At least three of the 10 courses must be at the advanced level (numbered 300 or higher).

A course in Creative Writing, film study, a foreign literature taught in the original language (not used to complete the language requirement; see below), or comparative literature may be counted toward the concentration (though not as an advanced course). Courses cross-listed into English and Creative Writing from another department or program can be counted only as an elective, unless otherwise noted.

The chronological period for a course is stated at the end of its course description. A few courses do not fit into one of the chronological periods.   Courses in expository writing (Writing 110 and Writing 310) may not count toward the concentration or the minor in English literature.

The Senior Program in English requires all concentrators to complete a 500-level seminar in literature during the spring of their senior year. The seminar may not be used to meet requirements 2-4.

Students can only receive a total of one unit of credit for both AP English Literature and Language.


Students who have attained distinguished achievement in the concentration at the end of the junior year (normally a 3.5 average) may be invited to write an honors thesis. Students so invited will submit a proposal in the fall of the senior year; students whose topics are approved will complete the thesis in the spring. The department will recommend for honors students who receive an A- or better on the honors thesis and who earn a cumulative average of 3.5 or better in courses taken for the concentration. Students aiming for honors are strongly encouraged to take a course in literary theory.

A minor in English literature consists of five courses: at least one course from among 204, 205 (206); at least one course from among 222, 225 (227), and 226 (228); and three electives in literature written in English, one of which may be a 100-level English course and one of which must be at or above the 300 level. Students concentrating in creative writing may not minor in English literature.

A student considering teaching English at the secondary level should consult with his or her adviser about the kinds of departmental coursework that would offer the best preparation for that goal.

Language Requirement
Concentrators in creative writing and English literature must fulfill a language requirement:

1) completion of two courses at the college level in a language other than English (courses taught in a foreign language department in which class readings and discussions are in English may not be counted toward the foreign language requirement, nor may two courses taken in two different languages);
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2) completion of 221 and 293 (or equivalent courses in Old English and the history of the English language taken elsewhere and approved for transfer credit);
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3) completion of either 221 or 293 (or equivalent) and a language course in Latin or Greek.

Courses taken to complete the language requirement may not be counted among the 10 courses for the concentration.

All proposals for Independent Study and Independent Coverage must be approved by The Department.

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