English Department

Requirements for the Creative Writing Emphasis English Major

Effective Fall 2020. If you started Reed before Fall 2020, see English Major Requirements

Creative Writing and Foreign Literature Emphasis:

  1. Four total units (minimum) of creative writing, at least one in each genre (poetry, prose), at least three of which must be completed before senior year.
  2. Two units of 200-level English courses in different genres.
  3. At least six units of 300- or 400-level Reed English courses (study abroad courses not accepted), two of which must be in creative writing (these count toward the four units above).
  4. Two of the eight units above must be in literature prior to 1900, one of which must be in literature prior to 1700.
  5. One semester of the Junior Seminar (this course does not count toward the six units above).
  6. Junior qualifying examination.
  7. Two units in foreign literature not in translation (also fulfills a division requirement).
  8. English 470. (Note: in the senior year, student may not take creative writing courses in the same genre as their thesis.)
  9. If a student satisfies all requirements of both the critical and creative tracks in the major, they must choose to propose three creative or critical thesis topics (i.e. not both).

OR

Creative Writing and Cultural Emphasis:

  1. Four total units (minimum) of creative writing, at least one in each genre (poetry, prose), at least three of which must be completed before senior year.
  2. Two units of 200-level English courses in different genres.
  3. At least six units of 300- or 400-level Reed English courses (study abroad courses not accepted), two of which must be in creative writing (these count toward the four units above).
  4. Two of the eight units above must be in literature prior to 1900, one of which must be in literature prior to 1700.
  5. One semester of the Junior Seminar (this course does not count toward the six units above).
  6. Junior qualifying examination.
  7. Two units in 200-level Humanities (or, by petition, courses that address questions of cultural history relevant to the student’s major.)
  8. English 470. (Note: in the senior year, student may not take creative writing courses in the same genre as their thesis.)
  9. If a student satisfies all requirements of both the critical and creative tracks in the major, they must choose to propose three creative or critical thesis topics (i.e. not both).

English majors must also satisfy divisional requirements and College requirements. Talk to your adviser or the Registrar's Office for more information.

In consultation with their academic advisers, students majoring in English should plan to take courses from a range of genres, topics, and periods within the department. The department strongly recommends that all majors take at least one course in each of the principal literary genres: poetry, drama, and fiction.

Declaring a Major

Students may declare a major (or the intention to major) in English at any time, but College regulations require that students MUST declare a major once they have completed 16 or more units. If a student is enrolled in courses the completion of which would bring the student's total number of units to 16 or more, the student will not be allowed to register for subsequent semesters until s/he declares a major. (Students who transfer with 16 or more units must declare the major before the end of their first semester at Reed.) The major shall be declared by filing with the Registrar's Office an approved Declaration of Major form, indicating the completion of the required introductory work and outlining the remainder of the program to be taken in order to achieve graduation. The Department will review the records of all newly declared juniors and advise them whether the proposed program of study is satisfactory, or whether certain course changes are required. All upper class students must have as their official faculty advisor a member of the English Department.