The Creative Writing option within the English major is
available by competitive
Effective Autumn 2013 and later. For those accepted to the Creative Writing option
in the English major in Autumn 2013 and later. If you declared the Creative
Writing option in Spring 2013 or earlier, please see the older
A minimum of 60 credits in English
ENGL 301 (Introduction
to English Language and Literature) and
writing link ENGL 297 (Writing
in the Humanities): 10 credits.
Grades of 2.0 or above required in both courses.
(These courses are renumbered versions
of ENGL 202 and 197 beginning Autumn 2010, but the content remains the
same. If you took ENGL 202 and 197, you can use these as prerequisites
when you apply to the English major, and you can use them toward the
major in place of the new course numbers, ENGL 301 and 297.)
ENGL 283 (Beginning Verse Writing) and ENGL
284 (Beginning Short
Story Writing): 10 credits.
Both courses (or transfer equivalents)
must be completed for a student to be eligible to apply for admission
English Literature Core: 10 credits.
5 credits from each of two categories. All courses must be taken at the
300 level or above. Note that all students must complete at least
15 credits in pre-1900 literature.*
English Literature Electives: 10 credits.
All courses must be taken at the
300 level or above. Note that all English majors in both major options
must complete at least 15 credits in pre-1900 literature.*
ENGL 383 (The Craft of Verse) and ENGL 384 (The Craft
of Prose): 10 credits.
Both of these courses must be completed before students may move up to the 400-level workshops.
Approved 400-level Creative Writing
courses: 10 credits.
(ENGL 483, 484, 485, 486, 487, 493: Each of these 400-level workshops
may be repeated for credit.)
least 15 credits in ENGL courses must be focused on pre-1900
(These pre-1900 literature credits may overlap with English Literature
Core courses within the English major requirements.)
Limit on 200-level ENGL credit:
more than 15 credits in 200-level ENGL courses (including required courses
ENGL 297, 283, and 284) may be applied toward the English major: all
be taken at the 300 or 400 level.
majors must maintain a minimum overall GPA of 2.00 in all UW ENGL courses.
At least 25 ENGL
credits applicable to the English major must be taken in residence at
the UW Seattle.
For assistance with planning and for questions, please consult English
Department of English Admission and Continuation Policy (rules for satisfactory
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