Creative Writing Major

Creative Writing Major Goals

Course Sequence and Guidelines for Creative Writing Major

Creative Writing Major Portfolio Guidelines

The English Department administers the creative writing major. Students take four writing workshops, in which they draft, analyze, and revise manuscripts in a small class setting.

Students majoring in Creative Writing select  one area of concentration:

  • Poetry
  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction

Entering Major:  The 200-level courses in Fiction, Poetry, and Nonfiction are the gateway courses to the major.  The student must complete a 200-level course in his or her stated concentration with a C minimum, in addition to a second 200-level course in a concentration of his or her choice.

Writing skills:  Strong writing skills are required to succeed as a Creative Writing Major or Minor.  If a student needs help with grammar or basic composition, he or she is strongly encouraged to seek additional tutoring and/or coursework to develop writing proficiency prior to or concurrent to fulfilling the Creative Writing sequence.

Core Writing Courses: 15 units

Six units from the following:

  • 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 cannot double-count for Tier 2 Arts and major requirements

Three units from the following:

  • 215: Elements of Craft in Creative Writing

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 Courses: 12 units

  • 280: Introduction to Literature
  • 373A: Survey of British and American Literature from Beowulf to 1660
  • 373B: Survey of British and American Literature from 1660 to 1865
  • 380: Literary Analysis


Major Elective Courses: 12 units

These electives must be upper-division (300-level and above) literature courses. At least 6 of the 12 units must be modern or contemporary literature. See your UAccess Advisement Report and the English course descriptions for each semester to determine which classes count as modern or contemporary literature.


All students must maintain a 2.0 major GPA to graduate. This requires that at least 18 English units must be taken at the University of Arizona. With the exception of two 200-level workshops and 215, no other lower-division credit may be applied to the Creative Writing major.



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