The English Department’s major in Creative Writing: Nonfiction introduces students to a variety of forms in nonfiction and helps them explore the history of the genre and find a way of creating nonfiction that is individual and original. By graduation students will have a clear sense of how open creative nonfiction is to new modes of expression and will be well-versed in some major aspects of the history of its genres, such as the essay, memoir, autobiography, and diary. Students will also acquire the writing and editing skills that will help them to find employment when they graduate or to enter graduate programs in nonfiction.
Full-time faculty members in the department have published over 50 books, including books of poems, creative nonfiction, short stories, novels, scholarship, and textbooks, and they are published widely in national, international, and online journals. Faculty are committed to improving students’ abilities to think, write, read, and speak effectively. Course offerings and teaching approaches reflect this philosophy. The Department of English provides student-centered classrooms where instructors are sensitive to individual students writers’ and readers’ needs. We seek to encourage reading and writing as lifelong habits, for our personal and professional development depend upon our abilities to communicate clearly, creatively, and with confidence.