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The Creative Writing Option

The Creative Writing option provides students with the opportunity to develop narrative, verse, or playwriting skills while building a solid background of study in the literatures of Britain and America. For further information, contact:

Professor Kate Haake
Email: kate.haake@csun.edu
Phone: 818-677-4309

Further information can be found in the Guidelines for the Creative Writing Option.


English studies provide a good academic foundation for radio and television broadcasting, editing, writing, politics, film and library work, journalism, criticism, advertising, public information, public relations, teaching and technical writing. Studies show that English as a pre-professional major is valuable preparation for future careers in law, medicine, business, and federal service.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree

In pursuing their major students are encouraged to follow our Sample Four-Year Plan.

Lower Division Required Courses (6 units)

A. Creative Writing (3 units)

ENGL 208 Introduction to Creative Writing

B. Literature (3 units)

Select one of the following:

  • ENGL 258 Major English Writers I
  • ENGL 259 Major English Writers II
  • ENGL 275 Major American Writers

Upper Division Required Courses (33 units)

A. Critical Writing (3 units)

ENGL 355 Writing About Literature

B. Literary Theory (3 units)

ENGL 436 Major Critical Theories

C. Literatures of Cultural Diversity (3 units)

Select one of the following:

  • ENGL 311 African-American Writing
  • ENGL 314 American Indian Literature
  • ENGL 368 Gay Male Writers
  • ENGL 369 Lesbian Writers
  • ENGL 371 Issues in Jewish-American Writing
  • ENGL 431 Images of Women in Literature
  • ENGL 433 Women Authors
  • ENGL 434 19th Century Women Novelists
  • ENGL 487 Latino/a Literature

*Consult an adviser for current courses in other areas such as Asian American literature, Central American literature, Chicana and Chicano literature, and Pan African or African American literature that may also satisfy this requirement. For the English major, you may not double-count these courses for upper division or Subject Exploration requirements in General Education.

D. British Literature Before 1900 (3 units)

Select one of the following:

  • ENGL 414 Chaucer
  • ENGL 416 Shakespeare, Selected Plays
  • ENGL 417 Shakespeare Survey
  • ENGL 418 English Dramas to 1642
  • ENGL 419 English Drama 1660-1880
  • ENGL 420 Milton
  • ENGL 443 English Literature of the Middle Ages
  • ENGL 449 The English Renaissance
  • ENGL 452 17th Century Literature
  • ENGL 456 The Age of Enlightenment
  • ENGL 458 The Romantic Age
  • ENGL 460 The Victorian Age
  • ENGL 466 Major British Novelists I
  • ENGL 467 Major British Novelists II
  • E. American Literature (3 units)

    Select one course from the following:

    • ENGL 473 American Literature 1607-1860
    • ENGL 474 American Literature 1860-1912
    • ENGL 477: Major American Novelists I: 19th Century

    F. Twentieth Century Literature (3 units)

    Select one course from the following:

    • ENGL 427 Dramas, Ibsen to the Present
    • ENGL 461 Modern British Literatures
    • ENGL 462 Contemporary British Literature
    • ENGL 463A Modern Poetry
    • ENGL 463B Contemporary Poetry
    • ENGL 468 Major British Novelists III
    • ENGL 475 American Lit 1912-1945
    • ENGL 476 Contemporary American Literature
    • ENGL 478 Major American Novelists II: 20th Century

    G. Creative Writing (9 units)

    Select three of the following (course may be repeated one time for credit):

    • ENGL 308 Narrative Writing
    • ENGL 309 Verse Writing
    • ENGL 310 Playwritings
    • ENGL 408 Advanced Narrative Writing
    • ENGL 409 Advanced Verse Writing
    • ENGL 410 Advance Playwriting
    • ENGL 457A-Z Selected Topics in Creative Writing

    H. Creative Writing Theory (3 units)

    Select one of the following:

    • ENGL 464 Theory of Poetry
    • ENGL 465 Theory of Fiction

    I. Senior Seminar (3 units)

    Select one of the following:

    • ENGL 490 Senior Seminar/Narrative Writs
    • ENGL 491 Senior Seminar/Verse Writing

    Upper Division Electives (6 units)

    English 300, 305, 316, and are not permitted as electives in this option.

    Total Units in the Major Option II: (45)

    General Education (48 units)

    The standard General Education requirement is 48 units; however, English majors are permitted to double count 3 units from the Lower Division major requirements (258, 259, 275) for both GE Subject Explorations-Arts and Humanities and for the major. Students majoring in English are encouraged to take a foreign language as part of their college program.

    Title V (6 units)

    Additional Units (20 units)*

    *Additional units may vary according to the individual student’s program.

    Students majoring in English are encouraged to take a foreign language as part of their college program.

    Total Units Required for the Degree: 120

    Last Revised: January 2004

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