Creative Writing Minor

There are 21 units required for the Creative Writing minor. Students minoring in Creative Writing select  one area of concentration:

  • Poetry
  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction

Entering Minor: The 200-level courses in Fiction, Poetry, and Nonfiction are the gateway courses to the minor. The student must complete a 200-level course in his or her intended concentration, in addition to a second 200-level course in another concentration.

Writing skills: Strong writing skills are required to succeed as a Creative Writing 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: 12 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 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

  • ENGL 280: Introduction to Literature
  • ENGL 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 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 minor GPA to graduate. This requires that at least three English units must be taken at the University of Arizona.

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