Department of English, College of LAS, University of Illinois


Undergraduate Majors

Creative Writing

The Creative Writing major (formerly known as the Rhetoric major) at the University of Illinois is one of the oldest of its kind in the country. Now in its sixth decade, the major combines small workshops (poetry, fiction, nonfiction) and a variety of literature courses. The result is a strong but flexible program of study that develops students' analytical and creative skills and prepares them for work or graduate study in any number of fields. Over the years, the program has produced many successful writers, but it is in the give-and-take of the workshop, in the nurturance of all of the writers who take part, that success is measured.

Creative Writing Major Requirement Worksheet

Degree title: Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences

Hours: Minimum required core and supporting course work normally equates to 39 hours; this includes 18 hours of creative writing course work and 15 hours of literature course work, plus a Western Civilization sequence.

General education: The LAS General Education requirements are set up so students automatically complete the Campus General Education requirements.

Minimum hours required for graduation: 120 hours

For more on creative writing news and events, visit the U of Illinois Creative Writing Program website.