School of Arts and Letters

Certificate in Creative Writing


  • All courses and prerequisites fulfilling the requirements for minors or certificates in English must be completed with a grade of C or higher.  
  • The overall GPA for any English minor or certificate must be 3.0.
  • English majors may count no more than two online and/or correspondence courses toward the minor or certificate. Students may request departmental consent for exception.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Knowledge of Craft Terms and Concepts: The student will become knowledgeable in essential craft terms and concepts in fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction.

  2. Competency in Creative Writing: The student will develop competency in creating original works in fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction.

  3. Competency in Revision: The student will be able to meaningfully revise original creative writing and incorporate suggestions from peers and instructors.

  4. Competency in Critiquing Creative Writing: The student will learn to meaningfully critique drafts of other student writers applying craft terms and concepts, participate in workshops, and prepare workshop reports.

  5. Competency in Analyzing Creative Writing: The student will be able to analyze works by major authors of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction in analytic essays and scholarly articles.

  6. Appreciation of Literature and Literary Culture: The student will develop aesthetic values and appreciate literature and literary culture by reading important works and analyzing them, participating in university and community events featuring readings and lectures, participating in the university and community literary scene, and attending cross-cultural and cross-media events such as plays and gallery shows, to understand the interrelatedness of the arts.

Creative Writing Certificate Requirements

Fifteen (15) credit hours including:

  • ENG-W 203 Creative Writing
  • ENG-L 371 Literary Interpretation

  Two of the following three:

  • ENG-W 301 Fiction
  • ENG-W 303 Poetry
  • ENG-W 311 Creative Nonfiction

  Complete one additional English Literature Elective

  • ENG-L varies Take one additional 300-level Literature course (ENG-L351, L352, & L354 may not be used to satisfy this requirement.)

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