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Creative writing minor ua

Creative Writing, Minor

The Creative Writing Minor allows students to develop their skills in four areas of writing: Creative Nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and script writing.

Program Contact
Prof. Lisa Rhoades
Professor of Instruction, Department of English
[email protected]

The following information has official approval of the Department of English and the Buchtel College of Arts & Sciences, but is intended only as a guide. Completion of this minor is contingent upon many factors, including but not limited to: class availability, total number of required credits, work schedule, finances, family, course drops/withdrawals, successfully passing courses, prerequisites, among others.

The following courses constitute a “Minor in Creative Writing” and must be completed with a minimum grade point average of 2.0 overall for the minor to be noted on the student’s record. A minor in Creative Writing may only be awarded at the time a student receives a baccalaureate degree. If a student desires a minor from the same department/school as their major, there is a college requirement for a minimum of nine (9) non-overlapping credits between the minor and the major, as well as between the minor and other minor programs in the department/school. The following English courses are not accepted for any English minors:

  • 3300:111 English Composition I
  • 3300:112 English Composition II
  • 3300:250 Classic & Contemporary Literature
  • 3300:252 Shakespeare & His World
  • 3300:281 Fiction Appreciation

Please refer to the University Requirements for Minor Areas of Study for specific graduation information regarding minors.

Earn a minor in English: Options and requirements

The department offers four minors- one general minor in English, one in literature, one in writing, and one in popular literature and film. These minors compliment all majors, and the critical reading and writing skills acquired through these minors will enhance any future vocation. Please contact the English department for more information. The following General Education courses DO NOT count for the minors (3300:111, 3300:112, 3300:250, 3300:252, and 3300:281).

Students must achieve an overall GPA of at least 2.0 to earn the minor.

If a student desires a minor from the same department/school as their major, there is a college requirement for a minimum of nine (9) non-overlapping credits between the minor and the major, as well as between the minor and other minor programs in the department/school.

For students looking to add a second major or minor within the English department, please get a form at our front desk and take it to the department advisor, Prof. Lisa Rhoades ([email protected]).

1. Minor in English (6 courses)

  • Any 18 hours of courses in the English Department with at least 6 of those hours at the 300/400 level.

2. Minor in Creative Writing (330007M)

  • Two introductory creative writing courses (Min. Credits: 6.0) from:
    • 3300:276 Introduction to Creative Nonfiction Writing
    • 3300:277 Introduction to Poetry Writing
    • 3300:278 Introduction to Fiction Writing
    • 3300:279 Introduction to Script Writing

    3. Minor in Popular Literature and Film (330009M)

    • Twelve hours of courses in popular literature or film at the 300/400 level in English. Six hours of courses in any literature or film topics at any level in English.

    • 3300:380 Film Criticism
    • 3300:389 Popular Culture
    • 3300:399 Gothic Imagination
    • 3300:440 Women and Film
    • 3300:460 Film and Literature
    • 3300:489 Contemporary Women Gothic Writers

    NOTE: The following courses taken to fulfill specific requirements in the English major CANNOT also be used to fulfill the 18 hours requirement in this minor: 3300:300 Critical Reading & Writing; 3300:301 English Literature 1; 3300:315 Shakespeare: Early; 3300:316 Shakespeare: Mature; 3300:341 American Literature 1; one course in world or multicultural literature.

    4. Minor in African American Literature (330011M)

    • Any eighteen hours of of African-American literature and language courses.

    Students may choose from courses such as:

    • 3300:350 Black American Literature
    • 3300:389 African American Novel
    • 3300:474 African-American English
    • 3300:489 Harlem Renaissance

    * At least 6 hours in each minor must be at 300/400 level.
    ** These courses do not have to be taken in sequence.

    English Department Undergraduate Contacts

    Undergraduate Advisor

    Prof. Lisa Rhoades
    [email protected]

    Undergraduate Honors Advisor

    Dr. Philathia Bolton
    [email protected]

    English Department Office Front Desk:

    Carol Szabat
    (English Composition queries)
    [email protected]

    Creative writing minor ua

    Creative Writing

    Develop your writing skills with a Minor in Creative Writing – you can concentrate in nonfiction, fiction, or poetry writing.

    About the Minor

    With a minor in Creative Writing, you will develop your creative writing skills to supplement a wide range of major fields. Whether you want to write about your major field or you want a change-of-pace to exercise your creativity, the Creative Writing minor is an excellent choice as a secondary field of study.

    How to Declare the Minor

    Review minor requirements below and complete the Declare Minor form.

    Minor Requirements

    The Creative Writing minor requires 21 units. You must maintain a 2.0 minor GPA to graduate and at least three English units must be taken at the University of Arizona.


    You will select one area of concentration:

    Entering Minor

    The 200-level courses in Fiction, Poetry, and Nonfiction are the gateway courses to the minor. You must complete a 200-level course in your intended concentration, in addition to a second 200-level course in another concentration.

    Core Writing Courses (12 units)

    Choose 6 units from:

    • 201: Introduction to the Writing of Creative Nonfiction
    • 209: Introduction to the Writing of Poetry
    • 210: Introduction to the Writing of Fiction

    ENGL 201, 209, and 210 can double-count for Tier 2 Arts and minor requirements

    Six units of concentration from the following (300-level and 400-level workshops must be in the same genre):

    • Nonfiction Writing: 301 and 401
    • Fiction Writing: 304 and 404
    • Poetry Writing: 309 and 409

    Core Literature Course (6 units)

    • 280: Introduction to Literature
    • 380: Literary Analysis

    Minor Elective Courses (3 units)

    This elective must be an upper-division (300-level and above) literature course. The course must be modern or contemporary literature. See your Academic Advisement Report for a list of approved courses.