Minors

English Course Listings
English Course Listings

The department offers two minors in Creative Writing: the Sequence-based Minor in Creative Writing and the Cross-genre Minor in Creative Writing.  Both offer experience in reading literary texts and writing critical analysis. Students pursuing either minor will be permitted to pre-register for English department courses.

What is the difference between the two Creative Writing Minors?

The Sequence-based Minor in writing provides an apprenticeship in one genre of writing, and admission is through the same application process as that for the Creative Writing Major.  A Sequence-based Minor may be declared only after admission to the Creative Writing Program.

The Cross-genre Minor is a more recent addition to the Creative Writing curriculum.  It is a non-application-based option for students who would like advanced workshops and a latitude of choice in exploring other art forms.  The Cross-genre Minor combines courses from the Department of English and the Center for Writing Arts in order to provide practice in more than one genre of writing. A student may declare the Cross-genre Minor with a creative writing advisor after having taken the two prerequisite courses and one of the "core" courses listed below.

Requirements for the Sequence-based Minor in Creative Writing

7 courses, as follows. 
No writing course may be audited or taken pass/fail.

Two Introductory Courses [1]

  • ENG 206 - Reading & Writing Poetry [2]
  • ENG 207 - Reading & Writing Fiction (pre-requisite: 206) 
  • ENG 208 - Reading & Writing Creative Nonfiction (pre-requisite: 206)

Year-long Writing Sequence
One of the following three credit courses:

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

Two 300-level literature classes [3]
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:  

  • One on material written prior to 1830 
  • One on material written after 1830

Notes:
[1] The School of Professional Studies also offers courses under the listings English 206, 207, and 208. These courses do not count toward the Sequence-based Minor.

[2] First Year students may not enroll in this class until their first winter quarter. Seniors may not enroll until add/drop week.

[3] 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 literature courses.

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

Requirements for the Cross-genre Minor in Creative Writing

7 courses, as follows.
 
No writing course may be audited or taken pass/fail.

Two Introductory Courses from the following list [1]

  • ENG 206 - Reading & Writing Poetry [2]
  • ENG 207 - Reading & Writing Fiction (pre-requisite: ENG 206) 
  • ENG 208 - Reading & Writing Creative Nonfiction (pre-requisite: ENG 206)

Two Core Courses from the following list [3]
These courses must both be in the same genre (i.e. two poetry courses)

  • Poetry: ENG 306 or Writing 302
  • Fiction: ENG 307 or Writing 301
  • Creative Nonfiction: ENG 308 or Writing 303

One Course in a different genre, chosen from the following list [3]

  • Poetry: ENG 306 or Writing 302
  • Fiction: ENG 307 or Writing 301
  • Creative Nonfiction: ENG 308 or Writing 303
  • Cross-Genre: ENG 307

Two 300-level literature classes [4]
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: 

  • One on material written prior to 1830 
  • One on material written after 1830

Notes:

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

[2] First Year students may not enroll in this class until their first winter quarter. Seniors may not enroll until add/drop week.

[3] Courses run by the Center for the Writing Arts (Writing 301, 302, 303) are by application only.  Check their website for application deadlines and courses offered.

[4] 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 literature courses.