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English and Literary Studies: Creative Writing Concentration

English and Literary Studies offers two options regarding Creative Writing:

  1. Students may major in English and Literary Studies with a concentration in Creative writing.
  2. Students majoring in something other than English and Literary Studies may choose to Minor in Creative writing.

(Students majoring in English and Literary Studies are not eligible for the Creative Writing Minor, but are encouraged to consider completing the Creative Writing Concentration.)

Creative Writing Concentration in English and Literary Studies

The English and Literary Studies Program is pleased to offer a Creative Writing Concentration in the major. The Creative Writing Concentration is focused on the study and production of creative writing. The concentration emphasizes the writing of poetry, short stories and the personal essay. Faculty offering courses in the concentration include Professors Hoch, Scheckner and Williams and may also include writers from the metropolitan New York area. The concentration takes advantage of the Readings at Ramapo Series, our visiting authors events by inviting writers to visit classes where their books are being studied. The Creative Writing concentration aims to foster a culture for writers here at Ramapo and to encourage creativity, analysis, rigor and a good time. Students may determine to obtain a concentration in writing for a variety of reasons. The concentration can be of assistance in applying for jobs which require one to write, or can merely give students the confidence, ability and pleasure of learning to write fiction and non-fiction on an advanced level. Students majoring in English and Literary Studies with a Creative Writing concentration must fulfill the English and Literary Studies Major requirements. (See the Advising page for more information). Those completing the Creative Writing Concentration will complete the FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS:

Click Here for the English and Literary Studies Catalog Page

With careful planning, students can complete the English and Literary Studies Major and the Creative Writing Concentration with 12 OR 13 courses. Any one of the creative writing courses can fulfill a English and Literary Studies Major’s “Theory and Process of Language” requirement. All English and Literary Studies Majors must take 2 English and Literary Studies electives. Taking two creative writing courses for these electives facilitates faster completion of the major and concentration. Finally, the Creative Writing Capstone would be a student’s 13th course.

Please consult your Advisor. If you have questions, contact Prof. James Hoch ( or the convener, Dr. Vassiliki Flenga (


Many Literature Courses Fulfill General Education Requirements. Ask your advisor or check the catalog: Schedule of Classes.

(Note: the information on this page may be incomplete and is intended only as a general guide.)

Please see Schedule of ClassesWeb for Students, or your English and Literary Studies Adviser for more current information.)

AS OF FALL 2010, THE  MAJOR HAS RENUMBERED ITS COURSES. We apologize for the confusion this change may cause.  However, the English and Literary Studies faculty are hopeful that our new numbering system will be more transparent and will allow students to see the relationship between courses.

Please consult the following link to understand the new system: NEW COURSE NUMBERS (DOC)

An American literature requirement has been added to the major. Students beginning the major in the fall of 2011 and after must complete an American literature requirement.

Click here for the requirements of the other programs offered by the English and Literary Studies Program at Ramapo College.