Creative Writing, Minor


Department of English

Creative Writing Minor Requirements

The Creative Writing Minor offers substantial training for students wishing to supplement their major area work, prepare themselves better for graduate work, prepare for classroom teaching and other fields, or who simply have an interest in the art of literary writing. The Creative Writing Minor requires 20 units, at least 8 of which must be upper-division units.

Lower Division Creative Writing (8 units)
ENGL 21, ENGL 41, ENGL 43, or ENGL 44
(Select a minimum of two courses; transferrable credit acceptable. Courses may not be repeated.)

Upper Division Creative Writing (8-12 units)
Group A: ENGL 161, ENGL 163, or ENGL 164
Group A: ENGL 165, ENGL 166
(Select a minimum of two courses, one from Group A and one from Group B. Courses may not be repeated.)

Literature (4 units)
Select one: ENGL 101, ENGL 102, or ENGL 103(All non-English Majors must select a minimum of one course. Requirement may be waived for English Majors: see Creative Writing advisor.)

Total (20 units)

Note: The Creative Writing Minor also requires a 2.0 GPA and 8 upper-division units in residence. Courses taken as CR/NC may not be applied to the Minor. Prerequisites for courses may be waived only with permission of advisor and specific course instructor on the basis of an adequate writing sample.


The English Department consists of 26 full-time faculty whose teaching fields cover every area of literary studies and the humanities, including film and folklore. Most of the faculty have published books, textbooks, and articles in their disciplines, five have received outstanding teaching awards at the university, and one has received an outstanding teaching award for the entire CSU system. In addition, the faculty includes a number of lecturers, part-time instructors and teaching assistants, and the department operates an English writing lab staffed by tutors trained to work with students on an individual basis.

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