Creative Writing - Primary Major
In addition to satisfying all of the Dietrich College degree requirements for B.A. candidates, which include the General Education curriculum, Creative Writing majors must complete coursework in the following areas below.
Learn how to declare your primary major in Creative Writing.
Curriculum: 11 courses, 99 units total
All courses are 9.0 units each, unless otherwise noted.
Introductory Genre Writing Courses (2 courses, 18 units):
76-260 Introduction to Writing Fiction
76-261 Introduction to Writing Creative Nonfiction
76-265 Introduction to Writing Poetry
76-269 Introduction to Screenwriting
Reading in Forms (1 course, 9 units):
76-362 Reading in Forms: Nonfiction
76-363 Reading in Forms: Poetry
76-363 Reading in Forms: Poetry: Intro to Literary Translation
76-364 Reading in Forms: Fiction
Creative Writing Workshops (4 courses, 36 units):
Students must take at least two workshops in a single genre. Workshops in all genres may be taken more than once for credit, except for Literary Journalism. In order to be eligible to enroll in a particular workshop, students must earn a grade of A or B in the introductory genre writing course of that same genre. If students earn a C in an introductory genre writing course, they may enroll in a related workshop only with the permission of the instructor. If they earn a D or R (failing grade) in an introductory genre writing course, they may not take a workshop in that genre.
76-360 Literary Journalism Workshop
76-365 Beginning Poetry Workshop
76-366 Essay Writing Workshop
76-460 Beginning Fiction Workshop
76-462 Advanced Fiction Workshop
76-465 Advanced Poetry Workshop
76-464 Creative Nonfiction Workshop: Magazines and Journals
76-469 Screenwriting Workshop
English Electives (4 courses, 36 units):
Complete four additional courses from the English Department’s offerings.
- Only one of the four English Electives may be at the 200 level. The remaining English Electives must be at the 300 or 400 level.
- Two of the four English Electives must be courses that are designated as fulfilling the literature requirement and focus on close reading of literary texts.