ba requirements: creative writing option

Creative Writing Option

The Creative Writing option within the English major is available by competitive admission only.

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 requirement sets.

A minimum of 60 credits in English

ENGL 202 [formerly 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.
(ENGL 202 was formerly numbered ENGL 301, but the content remains the same. If you took ENGL 301 and 297, 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 202 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 to the Creative Writing option.

English Literature Core: 10 credits.
At least 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.)

*Pre-1900 Literature:
At least 15 credits in ENGL courses must be focused on pre-1900 literature. (These pre-1900 literature credits may overlap with English Literature Core courses within the English major requirements.)

Limit on 200-level ENGL credit:
No 200-level ENGL beyond the required courses (ENGL 202, 297, 283, and 284) may be applied toward the English major: all other English credits must be taken at the 300 or 400 level.

GPA Requirements:
All English 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 Undergraduate Advising.

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