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Creative Writing Minor

The English program coordinates a minor in creative writing, designed for students who are considering pursuing an MFA in creative writing upon graduation. Since, at the graduate level, the MFA degree specializes in either poetry, playwriting, creative non-fiction, or fiction, students minoring in Creative Writing will be required to focus their studies on one genre (Poetry, Fiction, or Playwriting) after completing a series of introductory courses, while at the same time enrolling in elective courses related to their personal writing goals. The minor is primarily geared toward non-English majors who are considering a career in creative writing or a graduate degree (MA or MFA) in their chosen genre.

Student Learning Outcomes
  • Students will demonstrate a working vocabulary for critical analysis through theoretical venues as well as in-depth study of terminology and form within creative works to develop strong critiquing skills in the workshop environment.
  • Students will produce writing competitive at a publishable level, which reflects an understanding of the creative writing genres, the business of writing, and the drafting and revision process for individual and collections of works.
Outcome Assessment Activities

The Coordinator of the Creative Writing minor reviews student portfolios and evaluates the level of performance demonstrated, tracks the placement of students in graduate programs, and keeps records of publications by students and former students, reporting the results annually.

Specific Requirements for the Creative Writing Minor
CoursesTitlesCredits
ENG 114 Introduction to Creative Writing 3
One of the following courses
ENG 315 Creative Writing: Poetry 3
ENG 316 Creative Writing: Fiction 3
ENG 317 Creative Nonfiction 3
ENG 318 Creative Writing: Drama 3
One of the following pairs, by genre
Poetry
ENG 307 Poetry 6
ENG 414 Advanced Writing Workshop 6
Fiction
ENG 308 Fiction 6
ENG 414 Advanced Writing Workshop 6
Creative Nonfiction
ENG 414 Advanced Writing Workshop 6
ENG 440 Magazine Writing 6
OR
ENG 325 Nature Writing in the West 6
Playwriting
ENG 309 Drama 6
ENG 414 Advanced Writing Workshop 6
At least three of the following courses not used above
ENG 303 Adv. Comp., Rhetoric, & Grammar 9
ENG 315 Creative Writing: Poetry 9
ENG 316 Creative Writing: Fiction 9
ENG 317 Creative Nonfiction 9
ENG 318 Creative Writing: Drama 9
ENG 325 Nature Writing in the West 9
ENG 352 English Syntax and Usage 9
ENG 412 Literature for Adolescents 9
ENG 440 Magazine Writing 9
FL 100 Introduction to Comparative Linguistics 9
Honors Seminars: as approved by advisor
MCCNM 233 Script Writing 9
MCCNM 402 Photojournalism 9
PHIL 102 Philosophical Literature 9
PHIL 401 History of Epistemology Seminar 9
PSYCH 334 Perception 9
TH 111 Theatre Appreciation 9
TOTAL 21

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