The Minor in Creative Writing

A minor in creative writing provides the opportunity to study the tradition and craft of poetry, fiction, and drama 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: 25-26 units

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

Writing Course Requirements

1 course required:

ENGL 220 Beginning Creative Writing 4.0 FS *

4 courses selected from:

ENGL 320 Poetry Writing 4.0 FS WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, ENGL 220 or instructor permission.
ENGL 321 Fiction Writing 4.0 FS WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; ENGL 220 or instructor permission.
ENGL 322 Play Writing 4.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 220 or instructor permission.
ENGL 327 Creative Nonfiction 4.0 SP WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; ENGL 220 or instructor permission.
ENGL 419 Chapbook Production 4.0 SP
Prerequisites: ENGL 415 or two 400-level courses from the Minor in Creative Writing, or ENGL 620, or ENGL 622, or instructor permission.
ENGL 420 Advanced Poetry Writing 4.0 FA
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; ENGL 320 or instructor permission.
ENGL 421 Advanced Fiction Writing 4.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 321.
ENGL 422 Advanced Play Writing 4.0 Inq
Prerequisites: ENGL 322 or instructor permission.
ENGL 423 From Page to Stage 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: ENGL 320, ENGL 321, or ENGL 322 or instructor permission.

English (ENGL) 320, 321, 322, and 420, 421, and 422 may be taken two semesters for credit. At least 4 units must be taken from ENGL 420-422.

Literature Course Requirements

1 course required:

ENGL 279 Survey of American Literature II 3.0 FS

1 course selected from:

ENGL 451 Modern Poetry 3.0 FS
ENGL 453 Modern Drama 3.0 FS
ENGL 461 The Modern Novel 3.0 FS

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

Note: English majors taking a Creative Writing Minor must take 15 units over and above the major requirement.