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Minor in English or in Creative Writing

Both the Department of English and the Creative Writing program offer a distinct minor.

Minor in English Literature

The minor in English Literature offers some flexibility for those students who want to pursue specific interests within British and American literature, while still requiring certain courses that ensure coverage of a variety of periods, genres, and methods of studying literature.

Requirements—In order to graduate with a minor in English, students must complete the following program of seven 5-unit courses, at least one of which must be a seminar, for a total of 35 units:

Required Courses for the Minor—

  1. Two of the three Methodology courses
    1. ENGLISH 160. Poetry and Poetics ( 5 units)
    2. ENGLISH 161. Narrative and Narrative Theory (5 units)
    3. ENGLISH 162. Critical Methods (5 units)
  2. Two of the three Historical courses
    1. ENGLISH 100A. Literary History I (5 units)
    2. ENGLISH 100B. Literary History II (5 units)
    3. ENGLISH 100C. Literary History III (5 units)

Elective Courses for the Minor—

  1. Three elective courses from those offered in the English department, only one of which may be a course in Creative Writing.

Minor in Creative Writing

The minor in Creative Writing offers a structured environment in which students interested in writing prose or poetry develop their skills while receiving an introduction to literary forms. Students choose a concentration in either prose or poetry.

Requirements—In order to graduate with a minor in Creative Writing, students must complete the following program of six 5-unit courses for a total of 30 units. All courses must be taken for a letter grade.

Required Courses for the Minor—

  1. ENGLISH 94. Writing Across Genres
  2. One beginning prose course: ENGLISH 90. Fiction Writing or ENGLISH 91. Creative Nonfiction
  3. One beginning poetry course: ENGLISH 92. Reading and Writing Poetry
  4. Three courses specifically designed for either the prose OR poetry concentration.

Prose writers:

  1. ENGLISH 146. Development of the Short Story
  2. Two intermediate or advanced prose classes: any ENGLISH 190 series, 191 series, 198L, or 290.

Poetry writers:

  1. ENGLISH 160. Poetry and Poetics
  2. Two intermediate or advanced poetry classes: any ENGLISH 192 series, 198L, or 292

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