May 24, 2024  
Fall 2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
Fall 2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Creative Writing, Minor

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Enrollment in the creative writing major is dependent upon an ACT score of 22 or higher in reading, or consent of the creative writing staff. To continue on into the 3000- and 4000-level workshop classes, successful completion of a portfolio and interview are required. A creative writing major must produce a senior thesis and give a senior reading of the thesis work.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in creative writing are expected to:

  • Use writing effectively-including current modes and evolving techniques and technologies-to explore subject matter and to communicate;
  • Develop understanding of subject matter in relation to larger historical and/or cultural contexts, including multicultural contexts;
  • Make connections between theory and practice. Students apply theory to understand texts, solve problems, and teach effectively. Students generalize from experiences with texts, communication situations, and teaching situations;
  • Develop skills of creative and/or critical thinking.


(24 Credits)

The minor in Creative Writing teaches students to engage with the world both critically and creatively. The 2000-level courses provide a foundation of craft in both poetry and fiction. At the upper division, students can choose to specialize in either fiction or poetry, or can continue in both genres. Courses in the study of modern and contemporary fiction and poetry provide an intellectual, cultural, and artistic background in the literature of these influential periods. The studio workshops at all levels emphasize experiential learning: invention, drafting, peer-critiquing, and close editing with publication in mind.

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