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Creative Writing Certificate

The English department offers two certificates of achievement in creative writing: the Creative Writer's Studio Certificate and the Creative Writing and Global Poetics Certificate.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE Creative Writer's Studio Certificate 

Required Core (6 units) Units
ENGL 240 Creative Writing 3         
ENGL 250 Advanced Creative Portfolio 3


OPTION 1: Select one writing elective and one literature elective in the same genre (6 units)

Course Units
ENGL 241 or FILM 241 Screenwriting                                                  3                   
ENGL 231 Literature and Film 3  
   
ENGL 242 Writing Poetry 3
ENGL 232 Readings in Poetry 3
   
ENGL 244 Writing Short Fiction 3
ENGL 234 Readings in Short Fiction 3
   
ENGL 243 Playwriting 3
ENGL 235 Readings in the Drama 3
   
ENGL 247 Writing Creative Nonfiction 3
ENGL 227 Modern and Contemporary Literature 3


OPTION 2: Select two writing electives (6 units)

Course Units
ENGL 241 or FILM 241 Screenwriting 3        
ENGL 242 Writing Poetry 3
ENGL 244 Writing Short Fiction 3
ENGL 243 Playwriting 3
ENGL 247 Writing Creative Nonfiction 3

TOTAL UNITS: 12

                                                                                                                 REQUIREMENTS FOR THE Creative Writing and Global Poetics Certificate 

Required Core (13-13.5 units) Units
ENGL 100 Freshman Composition or ENGL 100S Enhanced Freshman Composition 4-4.5 
ENGL 102 Introduction to Literature 3
ENGL 240 Creative Writing or ENGL 241 or FILM 241 Screenwriting 3
ENGL 250 Advanced Creative Portfolio 3


Select two courses in global poetics (6 units)

Course Units
ENGL 223 Chicano/a Literature                                                             3
ENGL 224 Native American Literature 3
ENGL 226 African-American Literature 3
ENGL 236 Studies in Women's Literature 3
ENGL 237 Asian American Literature 3
ENGL 239 Literature of India 3
ENGL 248A Masterpieces of World Literature 3
ENGL 248B Masterpieces of World Literature 3
ENGL 245 World Mythology 3

TOTAL UNITS: 19-19.5


For more information, speak with one of our creative writing professors: Prof. Ja'net Danielo (Department Chair), Prof. Tamar Altebarmakian, Prof. Chad Greene, Prof. Lance Kayser, or Prof. Niki Lovejoy-Robold.

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