Bachelor of Fine Arts in Writing

The chief goal of the Writing Program is the graduation of creative writers who are well-versed in literature, literary theory and other modes of critical thinking. While at the center of the curriculum are creative-writing studios in which a range of forms are explored, the studios are complemented by core courses that focus on essential, but too-often neglected, aspects of the literary arts—word choice, grammar, logic, exposition, and critical thought. The location of the program in New York City is taken full advantage of, primarily in Writer’s Forum, a course that invites writers, editors and literary agents to campus to address the writing majors; and the Internship Program, in which students can select from an array of internships, from St. Mark's Poetry Project to Saturday Night Live.

Curriculum

Requirements for BFA Writing, 2017

  • Semester 1

    Complete these courses.

    WR-101 Writer's Studio I

    WR-110 Critical Thinking & Writing I

    WR-120 Word, Usage, Style I

    WR-300 Writer's Forum

    HMS-203A World Literature Survey I

    MSCI-270 Ecology
    OR
    MSCI-221 Conceptual Physics

  • Semester 2

    Complete these courses plus 3 HMS elective credits.

    WR-102 Writer's Studio II

    WR-111 Critical Thinking and Writing II

    WR-121 Word, usage, Style II

    WR-300 Writer's Forum

    HMS-203B World Literature Survey II

  • Semester 3

    Complete these courses plus 4 Studio elective credits and 3 Social Science/Philosophy elective credits.

    WR-201 Writer's Studio III

    WR-300 Writer's Forum

    CH-300 World Civilizations I

    HMS-304B Topics in American Studies: Perspective On U.S. Literature

  • Semester 4

    Complete these courses plus 3 HMS elective credits and 2 Studio elective credits.

    WR-202 Writer's Studio IV

    WR-300 Writer's Forum

    WR-320 Special Topics

    CH-400 World Civilizations II

  • Semester 5

    Complete these courses plus 3 HMS elective credits and 3 Math/Science elective credits.

    WR-300 Writer's Forum

    WR-301 Writer's Studio V

    WR-320 Special Topics

    WR-330 The Professional Workplace

  • Semester 6

    Complete these courses plus 3 HMS elective credits and 3 Social Science/Philosophy elective credits.

    WR-302 Writer's Studio VI

    WR-320 Special Topics

    WR-390 Internship/Seminar

  • Semester 7

    Complete these courses plus 6 Liberal Arts elective credits, 2 Studio elective credits, and 3 Social Science/Philosophy elective credits.

    WR-420 Senior Project I

  • Semester 8

    Complete these courses plus 3 HMS elective credits 2 studio electives and 6 Open elective credits.

    WR-421 Senior Project II