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Creative Writing Minor

Creative intelligence lies at the heart of scientific, artistic, and humanistic innovation. Behavioral and social psychology, occupational and physical therapy, cognitive science, philosophy, history, economics, business—all have studied and utilized various aspects of creativity as it relates to work in their field.

Creative writing is most commonly associated with art and literature, communication and aesthetics; however, it is an activity that enhances broad intellectual growth. The minor in creative writing provides you an opportunity to develop an aesthetic sensibility while honing skills in written communication and critical thinking. You may study creative writing in four genres: poetry, fiction, playwriting, and creative nonfiction.


To apply for the program, you must have a 2.00 overall GPA, earned at a “B” in WR 101 and WR 102 or in EN 101 and EN 102, and have the approval of your advisor. You should apply to the minor program early in your academic career, usually by the fifth semester of college work, but no later than the end of the drop/add period of the first semester of their last year of didactic work.

Required Course (3 Credits)

  • EN 498 Directed Study in English (Credits: 3)

Electives (15 Credits)

  • EN 303 Creative Writing: Playwriting (Credits: 3 )
  • EN 304 Creative Writing: Fiction (Credits: 3)
  • EN 305 Argumentation and Critical Thought (Credits: 3)
  • EN 306 Creative Writing: Poetry (Credits: 3)
  • EN 307 Creative Writing: Nature Writing (Credits: 3)
  • EN 308 Creative Nonfiction (Credits: 3)
  • EN 330 Introduction to Journalism (Credits: 3)

With the minor advisor’s approval, you may also include up to two related humanities courses. For example, a playwright could appropriately include EN 312 – Modern Drama and Theater and CA 302 – Greek & Roman Philosophy to supplement studies in dramatic writing. A fiction writer might include EN 311 – Twentieth-Century American Fiction and HI 304 – Twentieth-Century America in the minor course sequence. However, you may successfully complete the minor without taking any of these courses.

Additional Information

Successful completion of the minor requires 18 credits. A minimum of 12 credits of minor coursework must be completed in addition to any courses (required courses or program electives) included in the major curriculum. Up to 6 credits of coursework, with an earned grade of “C” or better, taken at another accredited institution, may be applied to the course requirements of the minor upon prior approval of the department chair.

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