Creative Writing

UTC's creative writing faculty are working writers who publish in diverse genres. Through mentorship, workshop, and courses on reading like a writer, our students learn to identify their creative strengths, articulate their artistic visions, and engage the literary community and publishing world. Every semester, the Meacham Writers Workshop provides students with an opportunity to connect with writers working in and beyond the academy, and to familiarize themselves with a variety of writing careers.

Degree Requirements:

Poetry Track - 33 Hours

  • ENGL 5510r - Fiction Writing (3 hours)

OR

  • ENGL 5950 - Workshop: Writing (3 hours)
  • ENGL 5520 - Poetry Workshop (9 hours)
  • Elective English Courses   (15 hours)
  • ENGL 5999r - Thesis (6 hours)

Prose Track -33 Hours

  • ENGL 5510r - Fiction Writing (9 hours)

OR

  • ENGL 5950 - Workshop: Writing (9 hours)
  • ENGL 5520 - Poetry Workshop (3 hours)
  • Elective English courses   (15 hours)
  • ENGL 5999r - Thesis (6 hours) 

 

Literary studies

Literary studies at UTC teaches graduate students to critically analyze a diverse range of representative texts, genres, and major issues in Anglophone literature. Through these texts students learn to locate, evaluate, and synthesize appropriate research materials to write insightful and original arguments in academic prose. Faculty contribute to the field by publishing research in peer-reviewed and popular outlets and by editing literary studies journals. Their active engagement with professional organizations, as well as regional and national conferences, creates opportunities for student professionalization. Literary studies also develops and produces programming for the university and Chattanooga community at large.

Requirements for Degree

Literature (33 hours)

  • ENGL 5000 - Introduction to Graduate Studies in English: Methodology and Bibliography (3 hours)
  • ENGL 5050 - Theory and Criticism (3 hours)    
  • OR Literary Theory (3 hours)
  • Two literature courses before 1800 (6 hours)
  • Literature electives (9 hours)
  • Elective English courses/Thesis (12 hours)
  • Oral Comprehensive Exam


Rhetoric and Professional Writing

Following a rich history of public communication and civic engagement, UTC’s Rhetoric and Professional Writing track offers students access to the theories and practices of public discourse. Our courses range from studies of ancient argument strategies to new theories about visual design and include applied courses in writing, design, and public rhetoric. Our faculty engages an active research agenda within the scholarly community while simultaneously maintaining active community partnerships that engage students with project-based writing on and off campus. Our goal is to engage students in the arts of public communication, encourage civic engagement and a broader understanding of the history of discourse practices, and provide training in real world writing and design.

Degree Requirements:

  • ENGL 5000 - Introduction to Graduate Studies in English: Methodology and Bibliography (3 hours)
  • ENGL 5115 - History of Rhetorical Theory I: Ancient Greece to Renaissance (3 hours)
  • ENGL 5125 - History of Rhetorical Theory II: Early Modern to Contemporary (3 hours)
  • Other rhetoric and writing courses (12 hours)
  • Elective English courses/Thesis (12 hours)
  • Oral Comprehensive Exam