Creative Writing

BFA Degree Requirements

All undergraduate students at UNCW must complete a minimum of 124 credit hours of study to earn a degree. In addition to meeting UNCW's University Studies requirements, candidates for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in creative writing must also complete requirements toward the major. Please see the university catalogue for details:








*Note: Degree requirements vary by student's calendar year. Each student should refer to his/her degree audit to see individual degree requirements. Each student should also attend academic advising.


Questions about a minor in Creative Writing? Students should run a What-If degree audit—as in, "What if I want to minor in creative writing?" The audit will show the minor requirements specific to each student's catalogue year. Also see for a current list, based on catalogue year, and for information about declaring a minor.


The Certificate in Publishing

The Certificate in Publishing is available to interested students who have been admitted to the full BFA major. For students interested in pursuing careers in book or journal publishing, or graduate school in a related field, the Certificate in Publishing enhances professional credentials. The certificate is an optional program that requires completion of four or more courses, for a minimum of 12 credit hours, as follows:

  • CRW 321: Books and Publishing (required)
  • CRW 322: Editing for Publication (required)
  • CRW 323: Bookbuilding (required)
  • CRW 324: Special Topics in Publishing
  • CRW 460: Publishing Practicum (by application only, may be repeated once)

To receive permission to enroll in CRW 460: Publishing Practicum, students must have been admitted to the BFA major and Publishing Certificate Program and must have completed all three of the preliminary publishing courses-CRW 321, CRW 322, and CRW 323.

If you have questions about the Publishing Certificate, contact Emily Smith, Director of the Publishing Laboratory:

Departmental Honors

Departmental Honors in Creative Writing will consist of a project with a specific theme designed by the student after consultation with the creative writing faculty member who will act as the Honors project director. This project will include an academic/research component to complement or provide the foundation for the creative portion of the project (for example, should the student choose to write creative nonfiction centered on the local marshlands, the student would first research the marshlands and read work by professional environmental writers). This academic component will be negotiated between the student and the Honors project director, with oversight by the Honors Scholars Program.

The Honors Project will be completed over three two-credit-hour semesters or two three-credit-hour semesters, for a total of six hours of credit through CRW 499. All Honors Scholars requirements, including thesis writing and oral defense, must be fulfilled. Note that this thesis is separate from, and in addition to, the thesis required for the BFA degree. The length requirement for the Honors project is as follows: poetry, 10-15 pages; fiction or creative nonfiction, 20-30 pages. A mixed-genre project would require the approval of the faculty member who serves as the Honors project director.

If you have questions about the Honors Scholars Program, contact Dr. Kate Bruce, Director of the Honors Scholars Program:, or visit