English: Creative Writing, BA

Students deciding to pursue English at Penn study language, literature, literary history and theories of literary production in a thirteen-course major of flexible design. While completing the language and literature requirement and the five required courses in the literary historical "core," majors also pursue their own special literary interests in six-course concentrations of their own choosing. English offers more than twenty distinct concentrations, including several options for creative writers.

The minimum total course units for graduation in this major is 33. Double majors may entail more course units.

For information about the General Education requirements, please visit the College of Arts & Sciences Curriculum page.

College General Education Requirements and Free Electives
Foundational Approaches + Sectors1 + Free Electives20
Major Requirements
Core Requirement
Select one course in each sector from ENGL 015-ENGL 099: 26
Sector 1 - Theory & Poetics
Sector 2 - Difference and Diaspora
Sector 3 - Medieval/Renaissance
Sector 4 - Lit of the Long 18th C (ca. 1660-1832)
Sector 5 - 19th Century Literature
Sector 6 - 20th Century Literature
The Junior Seminar
ENGL 200Junior Research Seminar (may NOT be double-counted in the core)1
Creative Writing Seminars
Select one seminar from ENGL 010, ENGL 110-ENGL 1991
Select one seminar from ENGL 110-ENGL 1991
Select one seminar from ENGL 119-ENGL 1991
Literature Seminars
Select one seminar in each area at 200 level and above2
Sem 1: Literature Before 1900 (may be double-counted in the core)
Sem 2: ENGL (may be double-counted in the core)
Select 1-3 course units from ENGL 015-ENGL 599 31-3
Total Course Units33


Applicants must have a 3.6 GPA in the major. Thesis required.


The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2021 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.