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2015-2016 University Catalog 
2015-2016 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Creative Writing – Minor

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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 students an opportunity to develop an aesthetic sensibility while honing skills in written communication and critical thinking. Students may study creative writing in four genres: poetry, fiction, playwriting, and creative nonfiction.

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.

For more information on applying for a completing a minor, please see Minors in the Academics section of this catalog.


To apply for the program, a student must have a 2.00 overall GPA, earned at a “B” in WR 101 or in EN 101 and EN 102, and have the approval of his/her advisor.

Interested students should apply to the minor program early in their 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)

Electives (15 credits)

With the minor advisor’s approval, a student may include up to two related humanities courses. For example, a playwright could appropriately include EN 312 - Modern Drama and Theater  and CA 302 - Greek and Roman Philosophy  to supplement studies in dramatic writing. A fiction writer might include EN 320 - Popular Fiction in America  and HI 304 - Twentieth-Century America  in the minor course sequence. However, a student may successfully complete the minor without taking any of these courses.

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