The Minor in Creative Writing gives students a rigorous background in the fundamentals of creative work by providing them with the opportunity to study with established poets, prose writers, and dramatists. At the same time, the minor also ensures that students pursue creative work within the larger context of academic study. The curriculum (21 credits) begins with a foundational course in creative writing, followed by a series of electives in a variety of genres and media, culminating in an advanced workshop. Concurrently with their course work in creative writing, students are also required to elect a total of two courses from the English department’s offerings in literature (358), theory and methods (359), or film (354), thus further coordinating their creative pursuits with critical study.
Program Learning Goals, Creative Writing Minor
Students who minor in Creative Writing will demonstrate:
1. Knowledge of the traditions and conventions of literary expression in a variety of genres and media.
2. The ability to engage deeply with the process of composition, and with the work of other writers and critics.
3. The ability to write persuasively and precisely in creative and scholarly forms.
If English majors would like to minor in Creative Writing NO Creative Writing minor courses can count toward the English major. There can, however, be overlap for literature classes.
In addition, if student double minors in creative writing and english, NO Creative Writing minor courses can count toward the English minor. There can, however, be overlap for literature classes.
You also cannot complete the creative writing minor and the creative writing portfolio at the same time. You must choose one or the other.
Minor Requirements: The minor consists of 21 course credits (7 courses). Grades of C or better must be earned in all courses used to fulfill the minor requirements:
One (1) required introductory course:
351:212 Introduction to Creative Writing
Any three (3) of the following courses:
351:209 Multimedia Composition
351:304 Screenwriting for TV
351:305 Creative Non-Fiction
351:306 Creative Writing: Poetry
351:307 Creative Writing: Fiction
351:308 Creative Writing: Playwriting
351:309 Digital Composition (Digital Storytelling)
351:314 Documentary Filmmaking for Writers
Any one (1) of the following courses:
351:405 Advanced Creative Writing Multi-Genre
351:406 Advanced Creative Writing Poetry
351:407 Advanced Creative Writing Fiction
Any two (2) courses in Literature (358), Theory (359), or Film (354). Each course must be three credits.