The School of Arts and Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas offers an exceptional interdisciplinary course of study on both the graduate and the undergraduate levels. Within the framework of this interdisciplinary program, students sample areas of academic and creative inquiry that are not usually included in traditionally-structured scholastic programs. Students at all levels of study are encouraged to cross academic boundaries, as they explore the humanities from literary, historical, philosophical and dramatic perspectives and from creative as well as practical directions. With the help of faculty advisors, students serve as architects of their individual degree plans.
Creative writing is an integral part of this program of study. Individuals pursuing BA, MA or PhD in Arts and Humanities may choose creative writing as a major field of emphasis, or they may take a creative writing minor. Students may take creative writing courses in order to fulfill degree requirements in the Literature track, or they may choose creative writing courses as electives.
Undergraduate students may take multiple courses in creative writing in the following genres: poetry, short fiction, screen and play scripts, and creative nonfiction. They also may work with individual instructors in independent study or on research projects. A creative project may be used as an Honors Thesis for those wishing to qualify for Latin Honors to complete their BA degree.
Graduate students may choose a creative writing emphasis in their overall degree program, or they may take creative writing courses to fulfill degree requirements. They may also choose creative writing courses as electives. Graduate students also may work with individual instructors in independent study or on research projects. Individuals pursuing graduate degrees with a creative writing emphasis may choose to produce a creative portfolio (MA) or a dissertation (PhD) as partial fulfillment for a graduate degree in Arts and Humanities.