Undergraduate Program

The Creative Writing Program serves a lively undergraduate program, leading to a BA in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing. We teach a broad array of courses in fiction, nonfiction and poetry, including workshops, courses in revision, courses with a reading emphasis and a course in which students work on The Oval, our undergraduate literary magazine. Upper-division classes are taught by our regular faculty and visiting writers, the same professors who lead the graduate program, and undergraduates are welcome at all of the readings, craft lectures and panels that the MFA program presents.

Recent recipients of the BA degree have gone on to MFA programs at Iowa, Michigan, Florida, Washington and many other of the most reputable graduate programs in the country.

Our alumni do anything that requires creativity, critical thinking, and the ability to write. Their careers span a wide range, from rock star (Colin Meloy - BA 1998, lead singer for The Decemberists and New York Times bestselling author of “Wildwood”) to Montana Poet Laureate (both Victor Charlo – BA 1971 and Michael Earl Craig - BA 1994). Our graduates find employment as journalists for the New York Times and Washington Post (Stephanie Land - BA 2014), as Professors of English (Emily Ruskovich - BA 2007, Boise State University and author of “Idaho”), as well as everything in between (Jamie Rogers - BA 2011, organic farmer). 

Information about undergraduate scholarships, most notably the Candice K. Memorial Scholarship, Fishtrap, James Crumley Memorial Scholarship, The Opus and The Welch Scholarship, is available on the Scholarships and Awards page. More information on the degree is available on the University of Montana English Department website.

Robert Stubblefield and Debra Earling

Robert Stubblefied, The Oval Advisor, and Debra Magpie Earling, Professor of Fiction