[help] Looking for info on genre-friendly college English programs

This is signal boost for a friend, who will pick up feedback here in comments.

Amongst the manifold experiences of my trusty readers, can you all recommend a list of which college English departments are SFF friendly? A student who is applying for college wants to be a creative writing and/or English major, and is also a budding fantasy novelist — and definitely wants to be writing genre fantasy, not “literary” fantasy. While my friend is aware of some of the few graduate programs that are genre-friendly, can the mighty blogospheric brain offer some comments on undergraduate programs?

Many thanks.

6 thoughts on “[help] Looking for info on genre-friendly college English programs

  1. Sydney says:

    My experience is that a lot of programs now have an influx of CW majors who are interested in writing genre. Frostburg State University in MD has Andy Duncan on faculty. North Carolina State University is genre friendly — Kij Johnson is an MFA student teaching an undergrad fiction class there this semester. Michael Arnzen is chair of Humanities at Seton Hill. Chris Barzak teaches at Youngstown State. I think the key is searching out *professors* who are genre writers.

  2. Michael says:

    Illinois State used to be, when they had David Foster Wallace and Curtis White. I don’t know if they still are or not.

  3. Danielle Gembala says:

    It’s a small state college, and my experience is from the late 1990s, but Western Oregon University’s program is genre-friendly. I took an advanced seminar in the comparative literature of CS Lewis & Tolkein from a prof who specializes in Tolkein, and a good friend did her honors program senior thesis on the STNG character Data as a modern Prometheus. She’s a nun now.

  4. Barb Winter says:

    Hi Jay! wish I was going to Reno so I could say hi–but my boys will be there. look for twin terrors ;-).
    Wi was on faculty at Portland State, the MFA program in the English Department was very genre friendly.
    One of the best folks in the department is Duncan Carter. Have your friend talk to him and say they were sent by me. while he’s on the Rhetoric side, he can discuss all the department ins and outs. he was department chari and then dean for ever…

  5. Jonathan says:

    DePauw University has faculty that’s actively involved in science fiction (http://www.depauw.edu/news/?id=25206), though their courses don’t necessarily focus on genre (http://www.depauw.edu/acad/programs.asp?pid=10&course=1).

    It is the home of the journal Science Fiction Studies (http://www.depauw.edu/sfs/ or http://www.depauw.edu/sfs/masthead.htm for the masthead.

    FWIW, my father in law is a professor emeritus there, so I’ve browsed their shelves. They have decent genre holdings.

    Could be worth exploring

  6. Daniel Pearlman is a prof at Uni of Rhode Island and is a genre writer – scifi mainly. Might be worth querying that part of the world.

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