MFA Courses

MFA students can take a variety of classes and workshops. Keep reading to learn about our core classes.

ENGL 7470 (Forms of Nonfiction): Creative nonfiction with attention to historical roots and contemporary theory and practice. May be repeated up to 6 hours with change of topic/course content and approval of Program Coordinator.

ENGL 7471 (Forms of Fiction): A study of how fiction works through analyzing the short story, the novella, and the novel with attention to historical developments. May be repeated up to 6 hours with change of topic/course content and approval of Program Coordinator.

ENGL 7472 (Forms of Poetry): A study of meters, forms, and types of poetry in English with attention to the principal traditions and critical ideas associated with the writing of verse in English. May be repeated up to 6 hours with change of topic/course content and approval of Program Coordinator.

ENGL 7601 (Nonfiction Workshop): Emphasis on examination and discussion of creative nonfiction written by students. May be repeated 10 times for a maximum of 30 credit hours. PREREQUISITE: Permission of instructor.

ENGL 7602 (Fiction Workshop): Emphasis on the examination and the discussion of fiction written by students. May be repeated 10 times for a maximum of 30 credit hours. PREREQUISITE: Permission of instructor.

ENGL 7603 (Poetry Workshop): Emphasis on the examination and the discussion of poetry written by students. May be repeated 10 times for a maximum of 30 credit hours. PREREQUISITE: Permission of instructor.

ENGL 7900 (Colloquium): A course in the preparation for the MFA thesis and the MFA comprehensive exam. NOTE: May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours, but only three hours with any one professor may be applied toward the degree; recommended to be taken in the last semester of regular course work and first semester of thesis work.

ENGL 7996 (Thesis Hours): A prospectus for the thesis must be approved by the student's advisor and the department chair before the student registers for this course. The completed thesis must be approved by at least two readers. NOTE: Students in Professional Writing must pass their comprehensive examination before registering for thesis hours and have the option of writing or producing a project or portfolio. Grades of S, U, or IP will be given.

More Information

The MFA program allows students to take a variety of electives based on their chosen track, which you can learn more about by visiting the Graduate Catalog. To see which classes the English Department is currently offering visit the Course Offerings page, and to see what the English Department will offer in upcoming semesters, view the two-year template.


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