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Bachelor of Arts in English - Option in Creative Writing (120 units)

The Creative Writing option is designed for students who wish to write as well as study fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction. Exposure to traditional and recent literature is essential for anyone seeking to master the forms and conventions of writing creatively for the literary marketplace.

This option consists of 45 units, 31 of which must be taken in the upper division, including the following:

Lower Division:

Take all of the following:

  • ENGL 180 Appreciation of Literature (3)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: One GE Foundation course.
  • ENGL 250A Survey of English Literature (4)
    Prerequisites: ENGL 100 or GE Composition (Area A1); GE Foundation requirements.
  • ENGL 250B Survey of English Literature (4)
    Prerequisites: ENGL 100 or GE Composition (Area A1); GE Foundation requirements.

Take one of the following:

  • ENGL 204 Introduction to Creative Writing: Creative Nonfiction (3)
    Prerequisites: ENGL 100 or GE Composition (Area A1); GE Foundation requirements.
  • ENGL 205 Introduction to Creative Writing: Fiction (3)
    Prerequisites: ENGL 100 or GE Composition (Area A1); GE Foundation requirements.
  • ENGL 206 Introduction to Creative Writing: Poetry (3)
    Prerequisites: ENGL 100 or GE Composition (Area A1); GE Foundation requirements.

Upper Division:

Take the following:

  • ENGL 380 Approaches to English Studies (4)
    Prerequisite: ENGL 180 or equivalent.

Take nine units from the following:

  • ENGL 404, ENGL 405, ENGL 406, ENGL 407, ENGL 499

Take three of the following classes in recent literature, literary genres, and literary criticism:

  • ENGL 385, ENGL 386, ENGL 459, ENGL 466, ENGL 467A/B, ENGL 469, ENGL 474, ENGL 475, ENGL 476A/B, ENGL 477A/B, ENGL 478, ENGL 479

Take electives to make up a total of 45 units chosen from the classes listed above and/or any upper-division English courses.


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