Creative Writing

BFA Student Learning Outcomes

BFA Program

  1. provide a rigorous apprenticeship in the art and craft of creating literature.
  2. help students develop critical faculties, their understanding of literary forms, and their aesthetic judgment.
  3. build a strong intellectual foundation in the historical literary tradition, grounding practice of the art of writing in an understanding of how that art has been practiced by the greatest classic and modern authors.
  4. construct a thoughtful interdisciplinary foundation for understanding the relationship of creative writing to other arts and scholarly areas

Publishing Certificate

These SLOs apply to CRW 321, 322, 323, 324, and especially to 460, during which each publishing student who works on the BFA anthology must submit a corresponding final aesthetic statement (SLO 3) for review by the professor of record and then the Publishing board (as part of our annual assessment).


Student should be able to critically evaluate a manuscript and prepare it for publication:

  1. Student demonstrates proficiency in copyediting, grammar, mechanics, and spelling.
  2. Content is technically proficient, clean, and professionally formatted.


Student uses desktop publishing technology in appropriate and innovative ways to design and produce a limited-edition book:

  1. Student considers the relationship between the book¹s physical
    form and its content.
  2. Type selections are historically relevant to content and
    proportionate in size and leading.
  3. Design effectively integrates innovation and avoids cliché
  4. The book as art object shows overall unity and coherence.


Student articulates his/her aesthetic:

  1. Student demonstrates comprehension of the historical context and development of the publication
  2. Student discusses aesthetic choices using appropriate artistic and professional terms