Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of poetics or storytelling craft through the production of creative works that are structurally sound, polished, and complete.
  • Demonstrate effective problem-solving and revision strategies in the composition of poems or stories.
  • Demonstrate a strong, deliberate command of style, grammar, and mechanics.
  • Demonstrate a general knowledge of literary history, especially the literary traditions of their chosen genre.
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze texts critically and the ability to recognize how a text displays a writer's artistic decisions.
  • Demonstrate a working vocabulary with which to discuss the technical and aesthetic aspects of their craft.

Program Requirements

The Minor in Creative Writing is designed for students who are eager to give focused attention to developing their talents in poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction writing.

To graduate with a Minor in Creative Writing, students must achieve a grade-point average of at least 2.0 in the 21-hour program described below, but no credit will be given for courses in which the grade is below C-. No course may fulfill more than one requirement.

Program of Study

Introductory Literature Course3
Myth and Literature
Foundations Of Ancient World Literature I
Literary Monstrosities
True Lives: Autobiographical Arts and Acts
Popular Literature
Introduction to Journalism
World Literature in English
Introduction To Fiction
Introduction To Poetry
The Craft of Creative Writing
Women Writing/Women Reading
Science Fiction
Asian American Literature
Writing Courses
300-level Writing Courses3
Creative Writing I Fiction
Introduction to Screenwriting
400-level Writing Courses6
Advanced Creative Writing Prose
Advanced Creative Writing Poetry
Poetic Forms
Prose Forms
External Internship
Publication Practicum
Publication Practicum
Creative Nonfiction
Additional writing courses from the 300- or 400-level courses listed above3
With approval from an advisor and the director of creative writing, the following may also qualify as writing courses:
Introduction to Screenwriting
Advanced Screenwriting
Playwriting I
Playwriting II
Language, Literature, Rhetoric6
Ancient World in Cinema
Classical Literature In Translation
Concepts of the Hero in Ancient Literature and World Cinema
Theory And Practice Of Composition
Language, Literacy, Power
Rhetorics of New Media
Rhetorics of Public Memory
Introduction To Linguistics/Language Science
American Literature I
British Literature I
Bible As Literature
Structure Of English
American Literature II
Shakespeare
British Literature II
History Of The English Language
African American Literature I
Women And Rhetoric
The Novel Before 1900
Contemporary Novel
Old English
Black Women Writers
Chaucer
Renaissance Literature I
Milton
19th-Century American Literature
The Victorian Period
20th-Century American Literature
18th-Century British Literature
Histories Of Writing, Reading, And Publishing
American Culture
Girls And Print Culture
History And Principles Of Rhetoric
Theory and Criticism in English Studies
Special Readings
The Civil Rights Movement in African American Literature
Studies In The Novel 1740-1900
From Field Shout to Hip Hop: African American Poetic Traditions
African American Migrations in Literature
Studies In The Modern Novel
Total Credits21