Academic Programs Catalog

College of Arts and Letters

Department of English

Undergraduate Program
Minor in Creative Writing (this program is in moratorium effective Fall 2017 through Summer 2020)

The Minor in Creative Writing, administered by the Department of English, offers a broad introduction to and focused experience of creative writing taking into consideration the Association of Writers and Writing Programs recommendations about an effective broad-based liberal arts curriculum, focused study of literature, and co-curricular opportunities in writing and publishing.  The minor curriculum includes workshops at the introductory and advanced level in multiple genres, alongside a foundation in literary study. Required core courses are designed to provide awareness of larger conversations about creative writing as a discipline as well as promote literary citizenship through involvement in co-curricular opportunities on campus and within the local writing community.  The minor will broaden the experience of creative writing education to students in related fields, including film studies, professional writing and editing, and education, as well as open up creative writing study to students across the college and university.

The minor is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University other than the Bachelor of Arts Degree in English. With the approval of the department and college that administer the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

Students who plan to complete the requirements of the minor should consult the undergraduate advisor in the Department of English to apply.

Requirements for the Minor in Creative Writing

Complete a minimum of 17 credits from the following, including 6 credits at the 300-level or above.

1. The following core courses (8 credits):
ENG 200 Creative Writing Community 1
ENG 210 Foundations of Literary Study I 3
ENG 320D Methodologies of Literary History: Theory and History of Creative Writing 4
2. Three courses from the following groups; a minimum of two courses from Group A and one course from Group B (9 or 10 credits):
Group A: Creative Writing Workshops
ENG 226 Introduction to Creative Writing 3
ENG 223 Introduction to Creative Non-Fiction Writing 3
ENG 227 Introduction to Playwriting 3
ENG 228 Introduction to Fiction Writing 3
ENG 229 Introduction to Poetry Writing 3
ENG 392 Special Topics in English: Creative Writing 3
ENG 423 Advanced Creative Nonfiction Writing 3
ENG 428 Advanced Fiction Writing 3
ENG 429 Advanced Poetry Writing 3
ENG 434 Advanced Screenwriting (W) 3
FLM 334 Introduction to Screenwriting 3
Group B: Electives in Creative Writing
ENG 323 Readings in Nonfiction 3
ENG 325 Readings in Graphic Narrative 3
ENG 326 Readings in Drama and Performance Studies 3
ENG 328 Readings in Novel and Narrative 3
ENG 329 Readings in Poetry and Poetics 3
ENG 342 Readings in Popular Literary Genres 3
ENG 475 History of the Book: From Manuscripts to Comics 3
ENG 478 Literature, Technology, and Representation 3
FLM 230 Introduction to Film 4
FLM 337 Topics in Film Form 3
FLM 355 Studies in Film Genres 3
RCAH 291 Arts Workshop 3
TE 458 Reading, Writing, and Teaching Poetry 3
WRA 320 Technical Communication (W) 3
WRA 341 Nature and Environmental Writing 3
WRA 355 Writing for Publication Workshop 3
WRA 370 Introduction to Grammar and Editing (W) 3
WRA 453 Grant and Proposal Writing 3
WRA 471 The Rhetoric of Grammar 3
WRA 480 Publication Management I 3
WRA 481 Publication Management II 3