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The Minor in Creative Writing

A minor in creative writing provides the opportunity to study the tradition and craft of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction in writing workshops and modern literature classes. In writing workshop classes, students critique and revise their creative work and study modern literature from a writer's perspective. The minor prepares students to write creative work independently and to understand their work in the context of contemporary literary practices.

Course Requirements for the Minor: 26 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this minor.

Writing Course Requirements

1 course required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Workshop for beginning writers of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. 3 hours discussion, 2 hours activity.This is an approved Writing Intensive course. This is an approved General Education course. (003399)

3 courses selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 or JOUR 130 (or equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; ENGL 220 for English Educ students only.
Instruction in the writing of poetry at an intermediate level. 3 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 8.0 units. This is an approved Writing Proficiency course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (003443)
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 or JOUR 130 (or equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; ENGL 220 for English Educ students only.
Instruction in the writing of fiction at an intermediate level. 3 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 8.0 units. This is an approved Writing Proficiency course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (003446)
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 or JOUR 130 (or equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; ENGL 220 for English Educ students only.
Instruction in the writing of fact-based prose (i.e., nonfiction) that acknowledges the presence and creative imagination of the writer at an intermediate level. 3 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 8.0 units. This is an approved Writing Proficiency course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (003438)
Prerequisites: ENGL 320 or instructor permission.
Instruction in the writing of poetry at an advanced level. 3 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 8.0 units. (003519)
Prerequisites: ENGL 321 or 327 or faculty permission.
Instruction in the writing of fiction and/or creative nonfiction at an advanced level. 3 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 8.0 units. (003521)

English (ENGL) 320, 321, 420, and 421, may be taken two semesters for credit.

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: ENGL 320 or instructor permission.
Instruction in the writing of poetry at an advanced level. 3 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 8.0 units. (003519)
Prerequisites: ENGL 321 or 327 or faculty permission.
Instruction in the writing of fiction and/or creative nonfiction at an advanced level. 3 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 8.0 units. (003521)

Literature Course Requirements

1 course required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
A survey of American literature from the 1850s to 1945. 3 hours lecture. (003476)

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Study of twentieth-century British, American, Continental, and Latin American poetry. 3 hours seminar. (003543)
British, Continental, and American drama from Ibsen to the present. Topics vary from semester to semester. 3 hours seminar. (003549)
British, American, Continental, and Latin American novels in the twentieth century. 3 hours seminar. (003562)

Note: ENGL 465 may, in some semesters, satisfy the 3-unit genre requirement. Consult with the Creative Writing Coordinator.

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