Below is a sample 4-year plan for students pursuing the BGS in English - Creative Writing track. To view the list of courses approved to fulfill KU Core Goals, please visit the KU Core website.

Goal 2.1 Written Communication (First Course, 2 Crs Required) 3Goal 2.1 Written Communication (Second Course, 2 Crs Required) 3
Goal 1.2 Quantitative Literacy 3Goal 2.2 Communication3
Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking3Goal 3 Natural Science3
Goal 3 Social Science3Elective (Total Hours)3
Elective (Total Hours)3Elective (Total Hours)3
 15 15
Goal 3 Humanities3Goal 4.1 US Diversity 3
ENGL 300+ from Individual Authors/Movements (Major Requirement)1, 23ENGL 300+ from Transcultural Approach to Lang, Lit, or Writing Category (Major Requirement)13
Elective (Total Hours)3Required Minor Course (BGS Requirement)33
Elective (Total Hours)3Required Minor Course (BGS Requirement)33
Elective (Total Hours)3Elective (Total Hours)3
 15 15
Goal 4.2 Global Awareness3Goal 5 Social Responsibility and Ethics3
ENGL 300+ from Literary Theory (Major Requirement)13ENGL 300+ from Forms & Genres Category (Major Requirement)1, 2, 43
ENGL 300+ from Writing Category (Major Requirement)1, 43ENGL 300+ from English Language or Rhetoric Category (Major Req.)13
Elective (Total Hours)3Required Minor Course 300+ (BGS Requirement)33
Elective (Total Hours)3Elective (Total Hours)3
 15 15
ENGL 300+ from Literary History Category (Major Requirement)13ENGL 300+ from Literary History Category (Major Requirement)13
ENGL 500+ Creative Writing Elective (Major Requirement)1, 53ENGL 500+ Creative Writing Elective (Goal 6 Integration & Creativity, Major Requirement)1, 5, 63
Required Minor Course 300+ (BGS Requirement)33Required Minor Course 300+ (BGS Requirement)33
Elective 300+ (Total Hours)3Required Minor Course 300+ (BGS Requirement)33
BGS Career Prep Course (BGS Requirement)3Elective (Total Hours)3
 15 15
Total Hours: 120

English majors must choose courses from each of the following 7 categories: Indvidiual Authors or Movements, Literary Theory, English Language or Rhetoric, Transcultural Approaches to Langauge, Literature, or Writing, Writing, Forms and Genres, and Literary History (2 courses). In addition to the courses taken for the Literary History category, one additional course focusuing on literature before 1850, must be taken.


One course (3 hours) in addition to Literary History (2 courses) must focus on literature before 1850.


Please note that the Bachelor of General Studies degree requires completion of a single BGS major AND a secondary field of academic study (a second major, co-major, or minor). This sample plan is based on the completion of a minor. If a second major is selected instead, elective hours on plan will be needed for these additional major requirements.


Creative writing students must complete workshops in at least two genres. For the purposes of the Creative Writing Tracks, the four major genres are: Fiction; Poetry; Playwriting, Screenwriting, and/or Scriptwriting; and Creative Non-Fiction.


Two ENGL courses must be taken at the 500+ level per major requirements and at least one of the 500+ courses must be a creative writing course.


Choose at least one of the required ENGL 500+ level courses, as required by the major, from the list of approved ENGL courses for Goal 6 of the KU Core.

Please note:

All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are required to complete 120 total hours of which 45 hours must be at the Jr/Sr (300+) level.

The same course cannot be used to fulfill more than one KU Core Goal. However, overlap of a KU Core course with a major or degree-specific requirement is allowed. Overlapping is recommended to allow more opportunities to explore other majors and/or minors.