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Minor in Creative Writing

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Minor in Creative Writing offers students an opportunity to explore the artistic side of English studies. Creative writing courses foster students' abilities as writers in a variety of genres including creative nonfiction, fiction and poetry, as well as special topics in particular genres like gothic, science fiction/fantasy or screenwriting.


Courses Required for the Minor**

  • ENGL 208: Introduction to Creative Writing or ENGL 308: Intermediate Workshop in Creative Writing (3 credits)
  • Two courses chosen from the following (6 credits total):
    • ENGL 308: Intermediate Workshop in Creative Writing (if not taken above)
    • ENGL 364: Fiction Workshop
    • ENGL 366: Poetry Workshop
    • ENGL 368: Life Writing Workshop
    • ENGL 370: Creative Nonfiction Workshop
    • ENGL 397: Topics in Writing
    • THEA 378: Playwriting
    • WGST 369: Gender and Autobiography
  • Two additional English classes numbered 300 or above (6 credits total). Courses from the above list are recommended, but students may select any upper-level English courses.
  • ENGL 468: Advanced Creative Writing (3 credits).

Total Hours Required 18

**Please note, a minimum grade of C is required for all coursework, and a course taken in the major cannot also be counted toward the minor.

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