Major with Concentration in Creative Writing

Below are the requirements for the concentration in Creative Writing. 

To see descriptions of these courses, check the general course descriptions. Faculty usually provide a more extensive description of the courses when they are offered.

Check with the Creative Writing Program Coordinator at least once each semester to track your progress.

Undergraduate Creative Writing Coordinator

Alan Soldofsky
(408) 924-4439
Faculty Offices 106

Important Form(s)

Bachelor of Arts Worksheets: Creative Writing
Roadmap for BA in Creative Writing


Course Requirements

Note: Click on courses for pop-up descriptions.

General Education Requirements 48 units
  Of the 51 units required by the university, 3 may be satisfied by specified major and support requirements. Consult major advisor for details.  

American Institutions (6 units)
  Of the 6 units required by the university, all may be satisfied within general education requirements as specified in the schedule of classes.  

Physical Education 2 units

Requirements in the English Major 21 units
  ENGL 56B
English Literature, Romantic Era to the Present
American Literature to 1865
American Literature 1865 to Present
Writing Workshop for Majors
12 units
  Select one:
ENGL 122
ENGL 125

Topics in Comparative World Literature
Literature for Global Understanding, the Americas
Literature for Global Understanding, Africa
Literature for Global Understanding, Oceania
Literature for Global Understanding, Asia
European Literature: Homer to Dante
3 units
  Select one:
ENGL 144
ENGL 145

Shakespeare I
Shakespeare & Performance
3 units
  ENGL 193C Capstone Seminar in Creative Writing and Self-Reflection 3 units

Prerequisite for the Creative Writing Concentration    
  ENGL 71 Creative Writing
Note: Prerequisite is not included in the 27 units below.
3 units

Requirements in the Creative Writing Concentration 27 units
  ENGL 139 Living Writers Seminar 3 units
  Complete 5 courses from the following:
Note: All are repeatable for a maximum of 6 units.
15 units
  ENGL 105
ENGL 130
ENGL 131
ENGL 133
ENGL 135
Advanced Composition
Fiction Writing
Poetry Writing
Reed Magazine
Creative Nonfiction Writing
  Complete 3 courses from the following: 9 units
  ENGL 149
ENGL 150
ENGL 151
ENGL 161
ENGL 162
ENGL 163
ENGL 164
ENGL 165
ENGL 166
ENGL 167
ENGL 168
ENGL 169
ENGL 176
ENGL 177
The Romantic Period
The Victorian Age
Twentieth Century Poetry
Nineteenth Century British Novel
American Literature to 1830
American Literature: 1830-1865
American Literature: 1865-1910
American Literature: 1910- 1945
Topics in Ethnic American Literature
American Literature Since 1945
The American Novel
Ethnicity in American Literature
The Short Story
Twentieth Century Fiction

Foreign Language Requirement 0-10 units
  Completion of 1B course at SJSU or equivalent transfer satisfies the language requirement, as do courses above 1B in any language.  

Electives of Minor 12-22 units