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Creative Writing Minor for non-English majors

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Division of Humanities
  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Required credits in this minor: 20
Objectives: The Creative Writing program combines the study of literature and the practice of writing with the goal of providing students with a strong basis for continuing development of their creative skills.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Up to 4 credits of coursework with a grade of D or D+ may be used to meet the minor requirements. Courses may not be taken S-N, unless offered S-N only. A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required in the minor to graduate. The GPA includes all, and only, University of Minnesota coursework. Grades of "F" are included in GPA calculation until they are replaced.
Required Courses
We strongly recommend that students take Engl 2121 in the classroom and not online.
ENGL 2121 - Topics in Writing: Introduction to Creative Writing [ART/P] (4.0 cr)
ENGL 2501 - Literary Studies [HUM] (4.0 cr)
Writing Courses
At least one of these courses must be a 3000-level course.
Take 2 or more course(s) from the following:
· ENGL 2022 - Sports Literature and Writing [ART/P] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2106 - Topics in Writing: The Environmental Imagination: Reading and Writing about the Natural World [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3012 - Advanced Fiction Writing [ART/P] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3015 - Writing Poetry for the 21st Century [ART/P] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3016 - Innovations on the Page [ART/P] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3032 - Creative Nonfiction Writing [ART/P] (4.0 cr)
· FREN 3410 - Medieval and Early Modern Studies: Troubadours and Old Occitan: Creative Writing in the Middle Ages [HUM] (4.0 cr)
Literature Course - 2000-level
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· ENGL 2014 - Introduction to Popular Literature: Science Fiction [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2031 - Gender in Literature and Culture [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2033 - The Bible and Literature [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2041 - Introduction to African American Literature [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2059 - Introduction to Shakespeare [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2061 - Introduction to Popular Literature: Detection and Espionage in Fiction and Film [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2201 - Survey of British Literature to the 18th Century [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2202 - Survey of British Literature from the 18th Century Forward [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2211 - Survey of American Literature to the Civil War [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2212 - Survey of American Literature from the Civil War Forward [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2253 - Modern and Postmodern Love in the Novel [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2411 - Representations of American Indians in Popular and Academic Culture [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· Literature Course - 3000-level
Students who have completed the prerequisites may use one of the following courses to meet the literature course requirement.
Take 0 or more course(s) from the following:
· ENGL 3142 - The Rise of the Novel (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3153 - Gothic Literature (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3154 - 19th-Century British Fiction (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3155 - 20th-Century British Fiction (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3156 - Modern Irish Literature (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3157 - English Renaissance Drama (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3159 - Shakespeare: Studies in the Bard (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3161 - Medieval Literature (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3165 - Seventeenth-Century Revolutions (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3166 - Postcolonial Literature (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3168 - Victorian Literature and Culture (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3171 - The Literature of Creative Nonfiction (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3173 - Contemporary British Literature (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3174 - Contemporary Indian and Caribbean Literature [IP] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3261 - Modern British and American Poetry (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3262 - 20th-Century American Poetry: From Modern to Contemporary (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3301 - U.S. Multicultural Literature [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3311 - American Indian Literature [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3331 - African American Literature [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3332 - African American Women Writers [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3444 - Holocaust Literature and Film [IP] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3522 - Harlem Renaissance [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
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Substantive participation in public reading of creative work.
 
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ENGL 2121 - Topics in Writing: Introduction to Creative Writing (ART/P)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to the basic elements of creative writing, including exploration of poetry, story, and journal writing. Practice with techniques such as dialogue, description, voice, and style. prereq: 1601 (or 1011) or equiv
ENGL 2501 - Literary Studies (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 1601 (or 1011) or equiv
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
An introduction to the tools and methods of literary analysis, including the vocabulary of criticism, the techniques of close reading, and the conventions of literary argumentation. Primarily for English majors and minors. A prerequisite to advanced courses in English. [Note: no credit for students who have received cr for Engl 1131] prereq: 1601 (or 1011) or equiv
ENGL 2022 - Sports Literature and Writing (ART/P)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Introduction to sports literature and sports writing, including exploration of rhetorical modes and techniques. prereq: 1601 (or 1011) or equiv
ENGL 2106 - Topics in Writing: The Environmental Imagination: Reading and Writing about the Natural World (ENVT)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Writing about the environment. Students learn to use the rich possibilities of language to express their responses to nature and convey to others the importance of close contact with the natural world. Readings in poetry and prose, discussion of technique, and experimentation with a variety of styles and literary forms. prereq: 1601 (or 1011) or equiv
ENGL 3012 - Advanced Fiction Writing (ART/P)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
For experienced writers. Focus on developing skills and mastering creative and technical elements of writing fiction. prereq: 2121 or instr consent
ENGL 3015 - Writing Poetry for the 21st Century (ART/P)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
A creative writing class. Practice with the different elements of poetry-sound, rhythm, imagery, voice, line-and exploration of the ways contemporary poets use and transform traditional forms and techniques. prereq: 2121 or instr consent
ENGL 3016 - Innovations on the Page (ART/P)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
In this creative writing course, students explore new models in literary publishing, literary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry while writing and learning about sudden fiction, the lyric essay, the collage novel, linked short stories, and other innovative forms and movements. prereq: 2121 or instr consent
ENGL 3032 - Creative Nonfiction Writing (ART/P)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
For experienced writers. Focus on understanding and practicing the rhetorical and stylistic choices available to writers of creative nonfiction, especially decisions about structure, pacing, language, style, tone, detail, description, and narrative voice. prereq: 2121 or instr consent
FREN 3410 - Medieval and Early Modern Studies: Troubadours and Old Occitan: Creative Writing in the Middle Ages (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 8.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
The Troubadours considered Occitan, at the crossroads of French, Spanish, and Italian, the best vernacular for lyric poetry. Poetic innovation flourished at the courts from Auvergne to Catalonia. Learn the grammar of this medieval language as you translate lyric texts and compose and workshop parallel modern poems in a variety of forms. Non-French students and students below French 3xxx write and workshop their poems in English, and French students above French 2002 wanting to count the course for the MEMS elective in the major write and translate in French. Language of instruction is English. Meets Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) requirement in French major. prereq: completion of 1002, its equivalency, or above in French, Spanish, Italian, German, Latin, Portuguese, or Greek or instr consent
ENGL 2014 - Introduction to Popular Literature: Science Fiction (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 1601 (or 1011) or equiv or declared English major
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Introduction to popular literature in a variety of styles and forms with emphasis on analysis and context. prereq: 1601 (or 1011) or equiv or declared English major
ENGL 2031 - Gender in Literature and Culture (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 1601 (or 1011) or equiv or declared English major
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Introduction to literary and cultural representations of gender. Emphasis on the intersections between power and the social relations of gender, race, class, and sexuality. prereq: 1601 (or 1011) or equiv or declared English major
ENGL 2033 - The Bible and Literature (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 1601 (or 1011) or equiv or declared English major
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Introduction to the role of the English Bible in the western literary tradition. Readings include key Biblical narratives, as well as English and American literary texts that are either deeply influenced by these stories or attempt to re-write them. prereq: 1601 (or 1011) or equiv or declared English major
ENGL 2041 - Introduction to African American Literature (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 1601 (or 1011) or equiv or declared English major
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Introduction to issues and themes in African American literature and culture, with emphasis on historical and cultural context. prereq: 1601 (or 1011) or equiv or declared English major
ENGL 2059 - Introduction to Shakespeare (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 1601 (or 1011) or equiv or declared English major
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
A careful reading of a representative selection of Shakespeare's poetry and plays (including histories, comedies, tragedies, and romances). Consideration of generic and dramatic conventions, cultural contexts, literary elements, and performance choices on stage and in film. Serves non-majors as well as majors. prereq: 1601 (or 1011) or equiv or declared English major
ENGL 2061 - Introduction to Popular Literature: Detection and Espionage in Fiction and Film (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 1601 (or 1011) or equiv or declared English major
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Examination of the detective and espionage genres in relation to 20th-century social and geopolitical pressures. prereq: 1601 (or 1011) or equiv or declared English major
ENGL 2201 - Survey of British Literature to the 18th Century (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Readings in English poetry, prose, and/or drama from the beginnings to the 18th century. Specific authors vary.
ENGL 2202 - Survey of British Literature from the 18th Century Forward (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Readings in English poetry, prose, and/or drama from the 18th century to the present. Specific authors vary.
ENGL 2211 - Survey of American Literature to the Civil War (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study of important texts, canonical and non-canonical, and important periods and movements that define the colonial and U.S. experience up to 1865.
ENGL 2212 - Survey of American Literature from the Civil War Forward (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study of selected historical and literary texts in U.S. literature, canonical and non-canonical, from 1865 to the present.
ENGL 2253 - Modern and Postmodern Love in the Novel (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Modernists and postmodernists are famous for casting an ironic glance on God and Truth. But are they as cynical and skeptical about love? In this course, students work through the writings of prominent 20th- and 21st-century novelists who struggled to define love. prereq: 1601
ENGL 2411 - Representations of American Indians in Popular and Academic Culture (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 1601 (or 1011) or equiv or declared English major
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Study of representations of American Indians in American popular and academic culture including literature, films, and sports. Particular attention given to how Indian identity, history, and cultures are represented in pop culture by non-Indians and, more recently, Indians themselves. prereq: 1601 (or 1011) or equiv or declared English major
ENGL 3142 - The Rise of the Novel
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
The 18th-century origins of the British novel: experiments with the new form, influence of earlier genres, evolution of formal realism. Authors may include Austen, Burney, Fielding, Richardson, and Sterne. prereq: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212
ENGL 3153 - Gothic Literature
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
The cultural origins of gothic literature in tension with the neoclassical values of 18th-century Britain and its persistent influence over the next two centuries (including its relationship to modern horror fiction and film). Emphasis on the ways gothic tales encode cultural anxieties about gender, class, and power. prereq: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212
ENGL 3154 - 19th-Century British Fiction
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
The rise of the novel to respectability and prominence in Britain from the Romantics to the Victorians. prereq: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212
ENGL 3155 - 20th-Century British Fiction
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Major novelists from the Modernist period and after, focusing on the historical context of the new challenges to literary tradition. prereq: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212
ENGL 3156 - Modern Irish Literature
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
The poetry, fiction, and drama of Irish writers from 1890-1927, with attention to the ways that literature shaped a national identity. prereq: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212
ENGL 3157 - English Renaissance Drama
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
A thorough study of the early modern English theater, including readings of 16th- and 17th-century plays and consideration of the literary and cultural contexts that informed them. Special attention is given to the works of Shakespeare's contemporaries, such as Marlowe, Jonson, Cary, Middleton, and Webster. prereq: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212
ENGL 3159 - Shakespeare: Studies in the Bard
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
A topics-based study of Shakespeare's works and other pertinent texts. Sample topics include "Shakespeare's Women," "Dangerous Rhetoric in Shakespeare," and "Shakespeare and His Sources." Attention is given to historical and literary contexts, and students are asked to consider Shakespeare's work as it is read as well as performed. prereq: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212
ENGL 3161 - Medieval Literature
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Early and later medieval prose, poetry, and drama produced and/or widely read in England from about 700-1500. prereq: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212
ENGL 3165 - Seventeenth-Century Revolutions
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
An in-depth study of how 17th-century British literature represents and responds to the numerous revolutionary changes of the time, including political, religious, sexual, cultural, and genre-based upheavals. Writers to be considered may include Philip Sidney, John Donne, Mary Wroth, George Herbert, Margaret Cavendish, Aphra Behn, and John Milton. prereq: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212
ENGL 3166 - Postcolonial Literature
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study of literature as site of cultural conflict during and after imperial encounters, from the perspectives of both colonizers and colonized peoples. Particular focus on Britain and its former colonies. prereq: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212
ENGL 3168 - Victorian Literature and Culture
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Studies an array of 19th-century literary forms, including fiction, poetry, drama, and prose, in their social and political contexts. prereq: 2501, two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212, or instr consent
ENGL 3171 - The Literature of Creative Nonfiction
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 2501 (or 1131)
Typically offered: Periodic Summer
Explore the genre of creative nonfiction as a literary tradition and help to articulate what creative nonfiction is (as well as what it isn't). Students collaborate in creating working definitions for the genre and prepare projects in which they curate and present a list of readings in the genre. prereq: 2501 (or 1131)
ENGL 3173 - Contemporary British Literature
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Exploration of contemporary British literature, with emphasis upon a diversity of new voices. prereq: 2501, two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212, or instr consent
ENGL 3174 - Contemporary Indian and Caribbean Literature (IP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 2501, two from 2201, 2201, 2211, 2212, or #
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Exploration of contemporary literature in English from India and the Caribbean. prereq: 2501, two from 2201, 2201, 2211, 2212, or instr consent
ENGL 3261 - Modern British and American Poetry
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
A study of the continuities and break with traditions in 20th-century poetry. Focus on innovations and experiments in form and theme. prereq: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212
ENGL 3262 - 20th-Century American Poetry: From Modern to Contemporary
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Study of the radical shifts in poetry and poetics in 20th-century America. Exploration of the ways that poets such as Robert Lowell, Adrienne Rich, Frank O'Hara, Denise Levertov, Allen Ginsberg, James Wright, and Sylvia Plath broke with modernist conventions and New Critical aesthetics and opened the field for the poetry of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. prereq: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212
ENGL 3301 - U.S. Multicultural Literature (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Examination of literatures by African American, American Indian, Asian American, Chicana/o, U.S. Latino/a, and other under-represented peoples. prereq: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212, or instr consent
ENGL 3311 - American Indian Literature (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study of American Indian literature written in English. Particular attention given to language, identity, land, and sovereignty. prereq: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212, or instr consent
ENGL 3331 - African American Literature (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study of African American literature. Particular attention given to issues of gender, class, power, "passing," and the racialized body. prereq: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212
ENGL 3332 - African American Women Writers (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
If African Americans struggled to achieve equality and recognition in the racist United States, the situation was even more difficult for African American women, who had to contend with the sexism in both the white and black communities. This course examines the writings of prominent African American women. prereq: 1601 (or 1011) or equiv or instr consent
ENGL 3444 - Holocaust Literature and Film (IP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Survey of Holocaust literature and film, focusing on works that clarify the political ideology that led so many to participate in the murder of two-thirds of Europe's Jews and that articulated what Jews suffered during the Nazi era. prereq: 1601 (or 1011) or equiv
ENGL 3522 - Harlem Renaissance (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
During the 1920s, there was a major aesthetic outpouring in the African American community. Listen to jazz, examine African American artwork, and read poetry, short stories, novels and essays from Harlem Renaissance writers. prereq: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212