The Committee on Creative Writing gives students a rigorous background in the fundamentals of creative work by providing them with the opportunity to study with established poets and prose writers. It differs from the professional, free-standing creative writing programs at other universities in seeing itself as an integral part of the university's intellectual life, and most particularly in providing opportunities for interdisciplinary work. The university currently offers three undergraduate and one graduate non-professional program option in creative writing. The graduate option is offered through the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities. All options encourage students to maintain their commitment to an academic discipline while also pursuing course work and final projects in creative writing.