Sunday, August 14, 2016

New Emphasis Option for the LU MFA in Writing Degree

Lindenwood University's MFA in Writing degree now offers an option for students to declare an emphasis in one of the following genres: fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction. Depending on your personal preferences, you may prefer to pursue the general MFA in Writing degree (with coursework in any genre allowed), or you may prefer to pursue an emphasis. An emphasis requires at least 27 credit hours in your emphasis genre, including at least one required class from the emphasis class list, and a final Thesis focused on the emphasis genre.

Students starting the MFA program in Summer 2016 or later may declare an emphasis by filling out the Major Change form and emailing it to Beth Mead, the program director.

Students who began the MFA program before Summer 2016 will need to fill out additional paperwork and will need to contact Beth as soon as possible to determine eligibility and requirements for declaring an emphasis.

On-campus students may declare an emphasis if they meet the 27 credit hours in their emphasis area, but they would also be required to take one online Foundational class from the emphasis list in the chosen genre, along with their on-campus coursework.

The emphasis information is listed below and appears in the 2016-2017 catalog

The MFA in Writing is a 48-credit-hour degree program. The Graduate Thesis, in which students produce a creative thesis of 70-100 pages in the student's genre(s) of choice, is required for the final three credit hours of the program. Students select the remainder of their coursework (nine credit clusters and/or three credit online classes) from the MFA in Writing curriculum. There are no prerequisite classes; the classes may be taken in any order and from any genre.

Students have the option to declare an Emphasis in one of three areas: Fiction, Poetry, or Creative Nonfiction. An Emphasis requires a minimum of 27 credit hours of coursework in the emphasis area, including at least one Foundational class from the list below for the chosen genre. Students work with an advisor to ensure proper emphasis coursework is completed.

Students pursuing an emphasis must select at least one Foundational class from the list below for the chosen emphasis genre:

Fiction Emphasis
IMF 55100       Fiction Craft Foundations      
IMF 56100       Classic Foundational Literature: Fiction
IMF 58100       Contemporary Foundational Literature: Fiction

Poetry Emphasis
IMF 55300       Poetry Craft Foundations      
IMF 56300       Classic Foundational Literature: Poetry
IMF 58300       Contemporary Foundational Literature: Poetry

Creative Nonfiction Emphasis
IMF 55200       Creative Nonfiction Craft Foundations
IMF 56200       Classic Foundational Literature: Creative Nonfiction    
IMF 58200       Contemporary Foundational Literature: Creative Nonfiction

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