The study of creative writing emphasizes creativity, self-motivation, persistence, and openness to criticism – skills many employers look for when hiring. It gives students the opportunity to explore their artistic talents and devote time to producing creative work that complements achievements in their majors.

This seven-course sequence combines small, discussion-based writing workshops with classes in composition or literature. The minor is open to majors in all disciplines except English and offers a unique opportunity to balance work in the sciences, business, engineering, or the humanities with the imaginative freedom and cultural engagement of an education in the arts. Students will gain experience in two genres (poetry, fiction, and/or creative nonfiction) as they study with published authors, interact with visiting writers, and gain familiarity with today’s literary landscape.

TO DECLARE: Visit the English Office, Eddy 359. For more information: visit the Department of English website, or email Sasha Steensen, Director of Creative Writing:

Effective Fall 2018

Students must satisfactorily complete the total credits required for the minor. Minors and interdisciplinary minors require 12 or more upper-division (300- to 400-level) credits.

Additional coursework may be required due to prerequisites.

E 210Beginning Creative Writing3
Select one group from the following:6
Intermediate Creative Writing: Fiction
Creative Writing Workshop: Fiction
Intermediate Creative Writing: Poetry
Creative Writing Workshop: Poetry
Intermediate Creative Writing: Nonfiction
Creative Writing Workshop: Nonfiction
Select one course from the following not taken above:3
Intermediate Creative Writing: Fiction
Intermediate Creative Writing: Poetry
Intermediate Creative Writing: Nonfiction
Select one course from the following: 3
Contemporary Global Fiction (GT-AH2)
Introduction to Poetry
Introduction to American Literature (GT-AH2)
British Literature--Medieval Period to 1800 (GT-AH2)
British Literature--After 1800 (GT-AH2)
Upper-Division Electives – Select a minimum of 6 credits from a minimum of 2 courses:6
CO 3XX or CO 4XX
E 3XX or E 4XX
Program Total Credits:21