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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

ETS Undergraduate Program

“English and Textual Studies” (ETS) acknowledges the breadth and diversity of the texts we study. While our courses certainly feature well-known literary texts from the past and present, we also focus on neglected literary works, film and other forms of audiovisual media, historical documents and non-fictive forms that also demand interpretation, and on the cultural discourses and social institutions that influence acts of reading and writing.

B.A. in Creative Writing

The Creative Writing Major in the English and Textual Studies Department is designed for students who have an intense interest in cultivating the skills, knowledge and inventiveness needed to write creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. This 30-credit major combines a grounding in literary study with a workshop-style focus on writing. Students will learn to use language to create complex and emotionally powerful work. Required classes include literature classes, and creative writing workshops and craft classes in at least two genres. It is our belief that all writers need to be readers. To that end, the classes, even the workshops, balance reading historical and contemporary literature with the practice of writing.

B.A. in English and Textual Studies

“English and Textual Studies” (ETS) acknowledges the breadth and diversity of the texts we study. While our courses certainly feature well-known literary texts from the past and present, we also focus on neglected literary works, film and other forms of audio-visual media, historical documents and non-fictive forms that also demand interpretation, and on the cultural discourses and social institutions that influence acts of reading and writing.

The Film and Screen Studies Concentration allows you to explore the rich and diverse histories of such "screen culture" and to develop the skills to interpret it. In our increasingly mediated world, the critical ability to analyze screen-based media—film, video, television, or digital games—has become a valuable skill for many professions and fields of study.

Minor in Creative Writing

The Creative Writing Minor in the English Department is designed for students who have an interest in developing their skills as writers and readers of creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry but need to fulfill the requirements of other majors.  Students will take a series of six creative writing classes in order to learn to think as writers do, to understand the aesthetic and moral choices writers confront as they write, and become familiar with contemporary writing practices.  Through a mix of workshop, imitation classes and a topics course, students will have ample opportunity for frequent and extensive writing and rewriting under the guidance of the distinguished faculty of the nationally ranked MFA in Creative Writing.

Minor in English and Textual Studies

The minor in English and Textual Studies (ETS) is a great option for students seeking a background in the interpretation of fiction and non-fiction works, as well as a myriad of textual mediums not traditionally considered as part of English study, such as film and television, graphic novels, video games, and much more. Our English minors add our curriculum to majors across the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as the School of Education, Visual and Performing Arts, and Newhouse School of Public Communications.