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Minor in Creative Writing

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The minor in Creative Writing requires fulfillment of General Education Requirements in composition and literature (English 101 and 120), and completion of ENG 203, ENG 303 and nine credit hours among ENG 190 (maximum 3 credits), 200-level literature survey courses (maximum 6 credits from ENG 233, 234, 281, 282), 300-level literature courses (maximum 6 credits), ENG 395/396, ENG 399.

In additional to traditional classroom experiences, the minor emphasize opportunities to work outside the classroom. This work includes creative writing and design opportunities with The Manuscript (ENG 190 A); writing, editing, and layout opportunities with The Inkwell Quarterly (ENG 190 B); writing, editing, and teaching opportunities with the Projects in Writing/Writing Methods (ENG 190 C).

Why should a non-English major minor in Creative Writing? Why should an English major minor in Creative Writing?

The minors in Professional Writing and in Creative Writing respectively help prepare students – whether they are majoring in English, Spanish, Criminology, Nursing, Philosophy, Biology, History, or Pharmacy, for success in their careers and in their lives. Want to write a better resume? Learn how to write a proposal? Learn more about grant writing? Learn more about writing persuasively? These are important skills that make a student more attractive to a potential employer.

But that’s not all. These minors serve the development of a well-rounded person interested in living a fulfilled life. A minor in Creative Writing can help students develop their creative imaginations. Moreover, for students majoring in science or engineering, nursing or criminology, a minor in Creative Writing can help them develop their creativity – an important skill for engineers looking to solve the nation’s infrastructure problems, for criminologists working with the FBI to solve crimes, or for a biologist trying to understand why a squirrel carried an acorn to its hideaway.

For English majors, these minors give students the opportunity to develop their creative writing and workplace writing processes and voice which will prepare them for future opportunities in writing, including graduate school, law, and teaching. In addition, completing one (or both) of the minors will allow students to enhance their marketability for potential employers by having the minor documented on a transcript and resume.

Beyond the technical "course objective" outcomes, what can students expect from completing this minor?

Our faculty focused on developing opportunities for students, beyond what is offered in the General Education curriculum, who are interested in writing creatively and technically. We worked to bridge the gap between general education objectives and the needs of our communities, including organizations and industries.

Completing this minor develops leadership skills that can serve students’ futures whether they are leading in organizational space or, as all of must do, leading our own life stories. In essence, in these minors we’re emphasizing character and competence, trust and trustworthiness – some of the core values of the English program.
 

English - Workplace Writing Frequency of Offering
ENG 203 - Introduction to Creative Writing Once a year
ENG 190 A - Projects in Writing / Inkwell Twice a year (Fall and Spring)
ENG 190 B - Projects in Writing / Manuscript Twice a year (Fall and Spring)
ENG 190 C - Projects in Writing / Writing Methods Twice a year (Fall and Spring)
ENG 233 - Survey of English Literature I Once a year (Fall)
ENG 234 - Survey of English Literature II Once a year (Spring)
ENG 281 - Survey of American Literature I Once a year (Spring)
ENG 282 - Survey of American Literature II Once a year (Fall)
ENG 300-level courses Every Semester (multiple offerings)
ENG 303 - Advanced Workshop in Creative Writing Once every two or three semesters
ENG 395 | ENG 396 - Independent Research Every Semester
ENG 399 - Cooperative Education Every Semester



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