May 21, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English - Creative Writing Concentration, BA

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General Education and Institutional Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science Degrees*

Special BA and BS Degree Requirements

All English majors must:

  • Pass the Bowie State University English Proficiency Examination immediately after completing ENGL 102, Argument and Research. Transfer students should take the English Proficiency Examination the first semester of matriculation. Effective Fall 2017, the English Proficiency Examination will no longer be a graduation requirement for students with the admit term of 2017.
  • Take the Senior Comprehensive Examination.
  • Present an original research-based paper, creative work, or investigative report at the Senior Symposium.

English Composition (6 semester hours—two courses in English composition)

Arts and Humanities (6 semester hours—one course in each of two disciplines)

  • ____ ___ Arts and Humanities Elective 6 Credits

Natural Sciences (7-8 semester hours—two science course, at least one of which shall be a laboratory

  • ____ ___ Natural Sciences Electives 7/8 Credits

Mathematics (3 semester hours—one course in mathematics at or above the college level)

  • MATH ___ Mathematics Elective 3 Credits

Social Sciences (6 semester hours—one course in each of two disciplines in social and behavioral sciences)

Technology (3 semester hours—one course in technology)

  • ____ ___ Technology Elective 3 Credits

Free General Education Electives (9 semester hours—chosen from any category within the General Education Course List)

  • ____ ___ General Education Electives 9 Credits

Institutional Requirements Freshman (6 semester hours)

Health and Wellness

  • ____ ____ Health and Wellness Elective 3 Credits

Freshman Seminar/Information Literacy

  • FRSE 101 - Freshman Seminar 3 Credits

Language Requirements For the B.A. Degree* (12 semester hours)

Note: *The language requirement is for BA majors only. Students must pursue 12 hours in either French or Spanish


BA majors must also:

  • Take 12 hours in a World Language: French or Spanish.

Students are encouraged to take SUMMER courses and attend MINI-SEMESTER in order to have a manageable semester load and still graduate in four years.

Note: The Department reserves the right to specify suitable general education courses for its majors, in keeping with COMAR.



An additional 18 credit hours of English Department electives must be chosen by the student in close consultation with the student’s advisor; these credit hours will constitute courses in the area of specialization (Africana Literature, Creative Writing, or Language and Literature).  All B.A. majors must also take 12 credit hours in a World Language.

All Students are required to have at least 32 hours of their classes at the 300-400 level.

An additional 15 credit hours of free electives are required in addition to the Gen Ed and Institutional credit requirements (46-47) and English B.A. credit requirement (60 credits).  While most of these additional courses will be chosen from among the courses in their area of specialization, students are directed to consult with their advisors to ascertain the best courses for their plan.

Sample Four-Year Plan

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

First Semester

Total: 15

Second Semester

Total: 15

Senior Year

First Semester

Total: 15

Second Semester

Total: 15

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