Requirements for the Creative Writing Major

English Course Listings
English Course Listings

15 Courses, as follows
No creative writing course may be audited or taken pass/fail.

Three Introductory Courses

Two of these introductory courses are required for admittance to the year-long sequences. All three introductory courses are required for the major.
  • ENG 206 - Reading & Writing Poetry
  • ENG 207 - Reading & Writing Fiction (pre-requisite: 206) 
  • ENG 208 - Reading & Writing Creative Nonfiction (pre-requisite: 206)

Notes:

[1] The School of Professional Studies also offers courses under the listings ENG 206, 207, and 208. These courses do not count toward the Creative Writing Major.

[2] First year students may not enroll in English 206 until their first winter quarter.

[3] Seniors in may not enroll in English 206 until add/drop week.

[4] Seniors may, with department permission, enroll in English 207 or 208 without the pre-requisite.

[5] First year students may not apply to the creative writing sequence, even if they complete both pre-requisite classes in the first year.

Year-long Writing Sequence

One of the following 3 credit courses:

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

ENG 392 - The Situation of Writing

“The Situation of Writing,” which is typically offered once per year, investigates the writer’s relation to the culture, both currently and historically. The course addresses such questions as the relation of criticism to imaginative literature, the rise and fall of specific literary genres, the effect of the university on the production and consumption of literary works, the state of the publishing industry, and international literary contexts.

Six 300-level literature classes

These courses must be “pure literature”; that is, courses in which the bulk of the reading is literature and not criticism or theory. They must be selected from English Department offerings ONLY:
  • Two on material written prior to 1830 
  • Two on material written after 1830
  • Two from either period

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

Two Non-Literature Related Courses

These courses, in areas such as history, art, classics, and gender studies, broaden the student’s background for the study of literature. These must be approved by a creative writing advisor. Students with a second major or a minor will be considered to have completed this requirement.