Requirements for the English Major in Creative Writing

15 Courses, as follows:

(No writing course may be taken pass/fail or audited)

Three Introductory Courses*

(only two are required for application to the major, students must complete the third introductory course after acceptance to the program)

  • 206 Reading & Writing Poetry**
  • 207 Reading & Writing Fiction (pre-requisite: 206)
  • 208 Reading & Writing Creative Nonfiction (pre-requisite: 206)

Year-long Writing Sequence

(1 of the following 3 credit courses)

  • 393 Theory & Practice of Poetry
  • 394 Theory & Practice of Fiction
  • 395 Theory & Practice of Creative Nonfiction

392 The Situation of Writing

Six 300-level literature classes***

(from English Department offerings ONLY):

  • 2 on material written prior to 1830
  • 2 on material written after 1830
  • 2 from any era

Two non-literature, Related Courses,****

from other department(s) that broaden a student’s background for the study of literature.  These course must be approved by a creative writing advisor.



* The School for Continuing Studies also offer courses under English 206, 207, and 208. These courses do not count toward the English Major in Creative Writing.

** Freshmen may not enroll in this class until their first spring quarter.  Seniors may not enroll until add/drop week.

*** Students who have completed both sections of either American Literary Traditions (270-1,2) or British Literary Traditions (210-1,2) can use these two courses to count as ONE of these six literature courses.

**** Students with a second major or a minor will be considered to have completed this requirement.


August 16, 2010