Minor: Creative Writing

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
Creative Writing Poetry
Literary Nonfiction
Introduction to Screenwriting
400-level Writing Courses6
External Internship
Publication Practicum
Publication Practicum
Publication Practicum
Creative Writing Workshop
Creative Writing Workshop
Nonfiction Workshop
Multigenre Workshop
Senior Tutorial
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:
Playwriting I
Playwriting II
Advanced Screenwriting
Language, Literature, Rhetoric6
Ancient World in Cinema
Classical Literature In Translation
Professional and Technical Writing
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
Arthurian Legends
Modern Irish Literature
British Literature II
History Of The English Language
African American Literature I
Race and Literature
African American Literature II
Introduction to American Studies
Women And Rhetoric
The 18th Century Novel
Special Readings
Special Readings: Detective Fiction
The Novel Before 1900
Studies in Poetry
The Modern Novel
The Novel After 1900
Multimodal Writing and Rhetoric
Composing Digital Environments
Old English
Histories Of Writing, Reading, And Publishing
Girls, Literacies, and Print Culture
Theory and Criticism in English Studies
Special Readings
Classical Studies
Studies in Digital Humanities
Medieval Studies
Early Modern Studies
18th-Century Studies
19th-Century Studies
20th- and 21st-Century Studies
Studies in Rhetoric and Composition
Studies in Authorship
Studies in Genre
Concepts of the Hero in Ancient Literature and World Cinema
Total Credits21