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School of General Studies Literature-Writing theses, 1984-2007.

Summary Information

At a Glance

Title:School of General Studies Literature-Writing theses, 1984-2007.
Physical description:15 linear ft. (12 record cartons)
Language(s):In English

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in two series. Series I: Theses and Other Writings, 1984-2007 Series II: Miscellaneous Material

Description

Scope and Content

This collection consists of undergraduate writing projects submitted to the School of General Studies to qualify for graduation with a literature-writing major.

Series I: Theses and Other Writings, 1984-2007

This series, made up of the undergraduate writing theses and writing projects, comprises the bulk of the collection.

Series II: Miscellaneous Material

This series contains a small amount of non-thesis material including some class compilations, related course material, and departmental material such as poetry calendars.

Using the Collection

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 This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

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Restrictions on Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Curator of Manuscripts/University Archivist, Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML). The RBML approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); School of General Studies Literature-Writing Theses; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Columbia University Archives; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

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Creative Writing (Higher Education).PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

History

The School of General Studies began to formally offer a major in literature-writing for the 1984-1985 academic year. Though the School had offered a creative writing curriculum before this time, this program linked creative writing and literature courses into one cohesive major.

This program offered courses in a wide array of types of writing-- poetry, criticism/reviews, screenwriting, creative non-fiction, science writing, and fiction as well as magazine editing and publishing. The magazine editing and publishing class produced the Quarto, a literary magazine that contained creative work by General Studies students. One of the graduation requirements for a Literature-Writing major was the completion of an independent project-- either of new work created to fulfill the thesis requirement, or a portfolio of the student's writing.

The School of General Studies discontinued the literature-writing major in 2009.