Jun 13, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English, Ph.D., Creative Writing Concentration


Concentration Requirements


Students in creative writing select either Poetry or Fiction as their primary specialization and the other genre as their secondary specialization.

No more than one month after passing comprehensive written examinations, a student must submit to the dissertation director, and to the Director of Creative Writing, a written proposal that describes the dissertation project. The creative writing dissertation must be a minimum of 50 pages long for a manuscript of poems or a minimum of 150 pages for a manuscript of prose fiction. In addition, the dissertation must include a critical introduction that discusses the student’s approaches, styles, methods, and influences and which is acceptable to the Department of English and to the Office of Graduate Services of the College of Arts and Sciences.

All Poetry and Fiction workshops (ENGL 8020 - Poetry Writing, ENGL 8030 - Fiction Writing), creative writing craft courses (ENGL 8201 - Contemporary Poetry, ENGL 8202 - Contemporary Fiction Craft, ENGL 8203 - Twentieth-Century American and British Poetry Craft I) and form and theory coursework (ENGL 8160 - Form and Theory of Literary Craft) must be completed at Georgia State University during the degree program.

Fiction Writers


In the interests of facilitating professional specialization within the field of creative writing, the following are required:

The Ph.D. student in Fiction must complete satisfactorily at least 36 hours of graduate coursework beyond the M.A. or M.F.A. (12 courses), plus 20 hours of thesis research credit. Any student who receives more than one C during the program will be dropped from the Ph.D. program.

For fiction writers, the following courses and research hours are required:

Language Study


Three hours of language study, unless satisfied at M.A. level:

Literary Theory/ Critical Methodology/ Cultural Studies


Three hours of literary theory/critical methodology/cultural studies, unless satisfied at the M.A. level:

At Least Twenty Hours of


Poets


In the interests of facilitating professional specialization within the field of creative writing, the following are required:

The Ph.D. student in Poetry must complete satisfactorily at least 39 hours of graduate coursework beyond the M.A. or M.F.A. (13 courses), plus 20 hours of thesis research credit. Any student who receives more than one C during the program will be dropped from the Ph.D. program.

For poets, the following courses and research hours are required:

Language Study


Three hours of language study, unless satisfied at M.A. level:

Literary Theory/Critical Methodology/Cultural Studies


Three hours of literary theory/critical methodology/cultural studies, unless satisfied at the M.A. level:

At Least Twenty Hours of