The Creative Writing Minor is designed for the student who has interest in developing skills as a creative writer (in fiction, poetry, and/or creative nonfiction) and in pursuing the formal study of literature as a form of cultural expression. The study of creative writing involves: producing original works of creative writing in more than one genre; exploring major literary traditions and literary-theoretical perspectives; examining the ways in which literature shapes and influences culture; recognizing the socio-cultural and historical contexts of literature; and examining one's own socio-cultural position as a writer. The Creative Writing Minor fulfills the Humanities PEAK.
Minor Requirements (18 credits):
- ENG-299T (any version) (3 cr)
- Two writing workshops (only one of which may be Journalism) from:
- One subsequent writing workshop from:
- ENG-280 Theory & Methods of the Study of Literature
an additional 300-level writing workshop (3 cr)
- Three credits of Fine Arts. A liberal arts curriculum values breadth and exposure to both the Fine Arts & Humanities. Therefore, any student completing a minor in Creative Writing must also complete a course in Art, Music, or Theatre.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Analytical Reasoning
- Communicate clearly, persuasively and confidently in writing
- Critically interpret literature
- Understand and interpret literature as a form of human imagination and expression
- Understand how the literary tradition has helped shape the world
- Critical Thinking
In addition, in successfully completing a minor in Creative Writing students should be able to:
- produce polished creative written work and articulate the place of that work in the literary tradition (with regard to traditions of genre and literary history)
- discuss the socio-cultural and historical contexts of literature
- demonstrate a basic familiarity with major literary traditions and themes
- contribute meaningfully to creative writing workshop discussions of the works of both their peers and professional, published authors
- discuss some of the ways in which their own encounters with texts are shaped and limited by culturally-influenced assumptions concerning individuality, situatedness, and reality.