Program: Minor in Creative Writing

Program Description

The minor in English consists of an 18-unit program in either Literature, Creative Writing, Popular Culture Studies, or Writing and Rhetoric—a minor particularly designed for students whose careers are likely to entail professional and/or technical writing. Though a minor is not required for a baccalaureate degree, many students find it desirable.

Program Requirements

1. Lower Division Required Course (3 units)

ENGL 208 Creative Writing (3)

2. Upper Division Required Courses (12 units)

A. Creative Writing (6 units)

Select two courses from the following:

Courses may be repeated and counted as second course.

ENGL 308 Narrative Writing (3-3)
ENGL 309 Verse Writing (3-3)
ENGL 310 Playwriting (3-3)
ENGL 408 Advanced Narrative Writing (3-3)
ENGL 409 Advanced Verse Writing (3-3)
ENGL 410 Advanced Dramatic Writing (3-3)
ENGL 457A-Z Selected Topics in Creative Writing (3-3)
ENGL 512 Writing for Performance (3-3)*

*Senior standing required.

B. Creative Writing Theories (3 units)

Select one course from the following:

ENGL 464 Theories of Poetry (3)
ENGL 465 Theories of Fiction (3)

C. Senior Seminar (3 units)

Select one course from the following:

ENGL 457A-Z Selected Topics in Creative Writing (3)
ENGL 490 Senior Seminar in Narrative Writing (3)
ENGL 491 Senior Seminar in Verse Writing (3)
ENGL 512 Writing for Performance (3)*

*Senior standing required.

3. Upper Division Elective (3 units)

Select one upper division English course.

Not permitted as an elective in the Creative Writing minor: ENGL 305.

Total Units in the Minor: 18


Department of English
Chair: Beth Wightman
Associate Chair: Danielle Spratt
Sierra Tower (ST) 708
(818) 677-3431

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  1. Create and revise original writing by practicing techniques and strategies employed by experienced writers.
  2. Analyze drama, narrative and/or poetry to identify writerly strategies.
  3. Assess their own creative writing in relation to relevant literary and theoretical traditions.
  4. Demonstrate advanced creative writing skills by applying contemporary methods in at least one genre in a final portfolio for a capstone course.