Honors Programs in English and Creative Writing

Creative Writing Honors Program

Honors in Creative Writing allows the student to work on a creative thesis in their chosen genre during their senior year, under the guidance of an advisor in creative writing. The creative thesis may take the form of a short story collection, novella or novel, poetry collection, literary nonfiction collection, mixed media or a hybrid project of your own devising as approved by the Director of Creative Writing.

Students who have completed at least four courses in the creative writing concentration and six major courses by the end of their junior year and have a grade point average in the major of 3.5 or higher (and a college GPA of 3.0 or higher) are eligible to apply for Honors in Creative Writing.

Applicants will be notified of their status by the end of fall classes. Students who are approved for Honors work will be paired with an advisor from Creative Writing and, over the course of two terms, will work toward the successful completion of a manuscript-length body of work.

Students should submit their completed application along with their writing sample to the Department Administrator or the Creative Writing Director. As competition for selection into CW Honors is highly competitive, the writing submission should speak to the writing strengths of the applicant and to the potential of the proposed thesis.

2017-18 Creative Writing thesis proposals are due October 27, 2017.

2017-18 Creative Writing Director: Thomas O'Malley

For more information: Creative Writing Honors Program

Critical Literary Studies Honors Program

Honors in Critical Literary Studies allows students to work on a critical thesis in their chosen period and topic during their senior year, under the guidance of a faculty advisor.

Students are eligible if they meet the following requirements:

•have completed at least six major courses by the end of their junior year

•have a grade point average (GPA) in the major of 3.5 or higher, and an overall college GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Students apply by submitting their college record to the Critical Honors Directors along with a formal proposal of an honors thesis. The thesis is to be completed during two terms of ENGL 98. The second ENGL 98 constitutes a twelfth course in the major.

Students must satisfy two further requirements in order to graduate with Honors in Critical Literary Studies:

•must complete a senior-level seminar in English and Creative Writing prior to the first term of ENGL 98

•must satisfy the theory requirement of the major (Course Group IV) before the term in which they complete the honors thesis and submit it for evaluation.

There is a bi-weekly seminar during the winter and spring terms for honors students.

For more information, including sample proposals, deadlines, and advice, please consult the Directors of Critical Honors and the English and Creative Writing Department Honors Handbook.

2017-18 Directors: Thomas Luxon and Ivy Schweitzer

Critical Literary Studies Honors proposals, including the application cover sheet, are due November 2, 2017 to the Department Administrator for the English and creative writing department.