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Literature and Languages

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Degree Programs


Roosevelt University's English Program offers degree-seeking students a B.A. Undergraduates may also elect to concentrate in Creative Writing or pursue a Minor in English or in Writing (professional or creative track). The Program's faculty all have multiple areas of specialization in which they teach and publish routinely. See the English program website for details.

Creative Writing

The Roosevelt University Creative Writing Program offers a Master of Fine Arts degree and an undergraduate concentration or creative track within the Writing Minor. The MFA program strives to provide its students with the best in creative teaching provided by instructors with strong credentials both in the classroom and in their respective literary fields. For more information on the program, degree requirements, events, and more, visit the creative writing website.

Hispanic Studies

Undergraduate degree-seeking students at Roosevelt may pursue a Minor in Hispanic Studies. With a unique mix of courses including Spanish language and literature, courses focused on contemporary social issues like immigration, and study abroad opportunities, the Minor in Hispanic Studies meets Roosevelt's mission to create socially-conscious global citizens.

Department Chair

Regina Buccola
Associate Professor and Department Chair
Chicago phone: 312-341-2400
Chicago room: AUD576C
Chicago fax: 312-341-2159

Literature and Languages News

Roosevelt MFA was a top sponsor for AWP 2012

Roosevelt University’s Master of Fine Arts(MFA) in Creative Writing Program was a top sponsor the Association of Writers and Writing Programs’ (AWP) annual conference, held Feb. 29 through March 3 in Chicago.Featuring writer panels, readings and a book fair with 400 literary presses, the conference is considered to be the world’s largest professional gathering of creative writers.

During the conference, Roosevelt’s MFA program co-hosted a Chicago Originals reception where dozens of Chicago writers had a chance to network. The University’s Creative Writing Program also hosted the conference keynote address by renowned fiction writer Margaret Atwood at the Auditorium Theatre on March 1. Read more.

Faculty Interview: Janet Wondra - English and Film Studies

Janet Wondra discusses her latest book of poetry, "Bad Attitude" with graduate student James Orbesen. Topics include "snotty poems," poem structure, prose poems, and doing readings. She also discusses how being on the poet side during the publishing process has influenced her work on the editor side of Roosevelt University's literary magazine Oyez Review.

Jan. 12, 2012 - MFA in Creative Writing Students win Chicago Reader Fiction Award

Stories written by two Roosevelt University MFA in Creative Writing students - Tovah Burstein and Timothy Moore - were selected by the Chicago Reader for their Pure Fiction 2012 issue. Burstein (the author of Moving On at the Hipster Gym) and Moore (author of Thank God for Facebook) won two of the five spots in this annual issue.