The Minor in Creative Writing, offered by the Department of English, is designed to draw both majors and non-majors who are interested in cultivating their creative writing in a structured, focused program. Student focus on either fiction or poetry in a core sequence of three creative writing courses as well as electives in other creative writing genres or literature.

Upon completion of the minor, students will have collected a portfolio of creative writing in multiple genres suitable for application to graduate programs, internship opportunities, or for publication in literary journals or as a manuscript.

Minors are awarded only at the time of completion of the bachelor's degree and cannot be awarded either as a stand-alone program of study or after completion of the first bachelor's degree.

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Please contact the College of Liberal Arts' Center for Academic Advising for more information on minors, certificates or other CLA programs.


A. Workshop Sequence
Complete three courses within one of the following genre sequences (poetry or fiction):9
Poetry Sequence
Creative Writing: Poetry
Intermediate Poetry Workshop
Advanced Poetry Workshop
Fiction Sequence
Creative Writing: Fiction
Intermediate Fiction Workshop
Advanced Fiction Workshop
B. Workshop in Second Genre
Select one course in a genre other than your chosen sequence:3
Creative Writing: Poetry
Creative Writing: Fiction
Creative Writing: Plays
Non-Fiction Writing
Intermediate Poetry Workshop
Intermediate Fiction Workshop
Advanced Creative Writing: Plays
Intermediate Writing: Non-Fiction
C. Literature Course in Chosen Genre 1
Select one literature course in your chosen genre:3
Modern Poetry
Modern British and American Poetry
Contemporary Poetry
The Short Story
Children's Literature and Folklore
Popular Fiction
Young Adult Literature
Disability and Literature
The Modern Novel
Modern Drama
Contemporary Literature
English Novel to 1832
Victorian Novel
Modern British Fiction
Modern American Fiction
Contemporary American Fiction
Modern World Fiction
Contemporary World Fiction in English
Contemporary Drama
Variable; course genre will be designated each semester 2
The City in Literature
Writing for the Arts
Themes and Genres in Women's Literature
English Romanticism
American Romanticism
American Realism and Naturalism
Studies in African-American Literary Genre
The Harlem Renaissance
D. Elective in Creative Writing or Literature
Select one elective from the following list of Creative Writing courses or an additional Literature course from list C above:3
Creative Acts
Honors Creative Acts
Creative Writing: Plays
Non-Fiction Writing
Beyond the Field: Sports and Storytelling
Advanced Creative Writing: Plays
Intermediate Writing: Non-Fiction
Career Internship (when the internship complements the minor)
Writers at Work
An additional workshop (not previously taken) in fiction, poetry or playwriting from the Workshop in Second Genre requirement listed above.
Total Credit Hours18

Additional courses may be substituted, pending approval of the director of undergraduate studies.


Genre designations for these courses are subject to change each semester. Check with the undergraduate advisor for specific genre designations prior to registering for these courses.