Important: Due to the high number of applications for the creative writing workshops, the Department cannot guarantee acceptance into the three workshops required for this program. Students may not declare the Creative Writing Concentration until they have completed the third workshop in their chosen genre.

Enrollment in any creative writing workshop is by application only. Before the quarter begins, professors provide handouts (available in 149 Humanities and online) outlining the procedures and deadlines for submitting writing samples. Generally, the submission deadline is two to three weeks before the beginning of the quarter. You may apply to more than one workshop, but you must inform each instructor that you are doing so.

Professors post lists of those accepted into the workshops in the English Main Office (149 Humanities).  Lists are usually posted either the first day of classes or the first day of the scheduled workshop. Students accepted to a workshop will be given a PTE number on the first day of class to enroll.

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Preparatory Coursework

The Major: 10 Upper Division Courses

  • All courses used to fulfill requirements for the English major must be 4 or 5 units and taken for a letter grade.
  • Seminars may not be applied toward Historical or Breadth requirements.
  • When choosing classes to fulfill requirements for the major, students are expected to select those courses
    which best reflect their own interests and simultaneously contribute towards a coherent program in literary

4 Historical (one course in each period)

Courses offered in Winter 2018:
Literatures in English before 1500
Literatures in English 1500-1700
Literatures in English 1700-1850
Literatures in English 1850-Present

2 Breadth (one course is required in two of the three areas below)

Courses offered in Winter 2018:
Gender, Race, Ethnicity, Disability and Sexuality Studies
Imperial, Transnational, and Postcolonial Studies 
Genre Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Critical Theory

3 Creative Writing (in the same genre)

Courses offered in Winter 2018:
 Creative Writing Courses

  • Enrollment in any creative writing course is by application only.
  • No student may enroll in more than one creative writing workshop per quarter.
  • No more than two workshops may be completed with the same instructor.

1 Senior English Seminar or English Capstone Seminar

Courses offered in Winter 2018:
Senior English Seminars and English Capstone Seminars