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University Transfer Program
60–70 transferable units

California State University
University of California
Independent Colleges and Universities

Program Overview

For both new and experienced writers, the Creative Writing Program provides a safe place to learn and practice the crafts of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. Students learn to read as writers, produce original work, understand the creative process, and both give and receive critiques as part of a community. The Certificate of Achievement in Creative Writing is awarded to students who complete a sequence of creative writing courses, electives in literature and related subjects, and a portfolio of their fiction, creative nonfiction, and/or poetry under faculty supervision.

Program Requirements

Required Core Courses: 15 units Units
ENGL 161 Creative Writing I 3 units
ENGL 162 Creative Writing II 3 units
ENGL 163 Creative Writing III 3 units
Any two Literature courses listed below:
LIT. 101 Twentieth-Century Literature 3 units
LIT. 113 The Novel 3 units
LIT. 115 The Short Poem in English: A Survey 3 units
LIT. 150 Crime and Detective Fiction 3 units
LIT. 151 Shakespeare 3 units
LIT. 154 Introduction to LGBT Literature 3 units
LIT. 155 Comics and the Graphic Novel 3 units
LIT. 156 Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature 3 units
LIT. 201 American Literature I 3 units
LIT. 202 American Literature II 3 units
LIT. 220 Introduction to World Literature 3 units
LIT. 231 Survey of English Literature I 3 units
LIT. 232 Survey of English Literature II 3 units
LIT. 266 African American Literature 3 units
Required Selective courses: 3 units choose one course from the following: Units
Any Literature course listed above not used as core requirement 3 units
DGME 101 Writing for Mass Media 3 units
FILM 100 Introduction to Film 3 units
FILM 153 Screenwriting 3 units
FILM 154 Expanded Scriptwriting Skills 3 units
Total Required Units: 18