Independent Study and Honors


Creative Writing Independent Project

A tutorial course to be designed by the student with the assistance of a faculty advisor. This course is intended for the purpose of producing a manuscript of fiction, creative nonfiction or poetry during the student's senior year. Prerequisite: normally reserved for seniors who have completed at least two workshops in the designated genre of their project. Dist: ART.

Students should submit their completed CRWT 89 application along with a writing sample to the Department Administrator and the Creative Writing Director during the term prior to taking the course. The writing sample should speak to the writing strengths of the applicant and to the potential of the proposed project.


Independent Reading Course in English

A tutorial course to be designed by the student with the assistance of a member of the English and Creative Writing Department faculty willing to supervise it. This course is available, as an occasional privilege, to juniors and seniors who have demonstrated their ability to do independent work. During the term prior to taking the course, applicants must consult the Department Vice Chair to make arrangements for approval of the project. Note: English 96 does not normally count toward the English major or minor, although in special circumstances the C.D.C. may approve exceptions to that rule. Students seeking an exception are asked to petition the C.D.C. before taking English 96. English 96 may not be used the satisfy Course Group requirements.

ENGL 98/99 or CWRT 98/99

Honors Course in English or Creative Writing

Students enrolled in the major in English who have completed at least six major courses by the end of their junior year and have a grade point average (GPA) in the major of 3.5 or higher and an overall college GPA of 3.0 or higher may apply for the Honors Program. Eligible students apply by submitting their college record to the Honors Directors along with a formal proposal of an honors thesis. The thesis is to be completed during two terms of ENGL 98 and ENGL 99/CWRT 98 and CWRT 99, the first of which counts as the Culminating Experience in the major. The second term of Honors (ENGL 99 or CWRT 99) constitutes a twelfth course in the major program, separate from all other requirements.

For complete information on the Honors program, please refer to the Honors section of the website.