M.F.A. Curriculum

  1. Core (3 units)
    • 201C Materials and Methods of Literary Production (Must be taken within two semesters of admission to the program; co-requisite with writing workshops.) (3)
  2. Writing Workshops (18 units) (All courses repeatable for credit. You must take 12 units in your primary genre; 6 units in your secondary genre. If 200-level courses are not available, you can take up to nine units of 100-level courses as equivalent.)
    • 240 Seminar in Poetry Writing (3)
    • (Or English 131: Poetry Writing)
    • 241 Seminar in Fiction Writing (3)
    • (Or English 130: Fiction Writing)
    • 242 Seminar in Nonfiction Writing* (3)
    • (Or English 135: Nonfiction Writing)
  3. Literary Research (15 units)
    • 202 Craft and Theory of Poetry (formerly Engl 200) (3)
    • 203 Craft and Theory of Narrative (3)
    • 208 Seminar in Comparative Literature (3)
    • 211 Seminar in Twentieth-Century Poetry (3)
    • 215 Seminar in Myth and Symbolism (3)
    • 216 Seminar in Medieval English Literature (3)
    • 217 Seminar in the English Renaissance (3)
    • 225 Seminar in Shakespeare (3)
    • 226 Seminar in Tragedy (3)
    • 229 Seminar in Seventeenth-Century Literature (3)
    • 230 Seminar in Eighteenth Century British Literature(3)
    • 232 Seminar in Romanticism (3)
    • 233 Seminar in the Victorian Period (3)
    • 253 Periods of American Literature (3)
    • 254 Genre Studies in American Literature (3)
    • 255 Thematic Studies in American Literature (3)
    • 256 Seminar in Twentieth-Century British Literature (3)
    • 298 Special Study: Literature (3)
    • 139 Montalvo Seminar (3)
    • (139 also satisfies Literary Research requirement: with the Director's and instructor's permission)
  4. Professional Training (6 units)
    • 257 Seminar in the History of Rhetoric (3)
    • 259 Seminar in Composition Studies (3)
    • 298 Special Study: Internship (3)
    • 133 Reed Magazine (With Director's permission) (3)
    • 196 Writing for Electronic and Interactive Media (3) (Experimental Course for Spring 04)
  5. MFA Thesis/Capstone experience (6 units)
    • 299 MFA Thesis (6) (Creative Project in Candidate's Emphasis Area)
  6. TOTAL: (48 units)