Creative Writing Minor

Students who are not majoring English, and who have an interest in writing poetry or fiction, may enroll in the creative writing minor. The minor gives students the opportunity to complement their area of major study with experience writing and reading poetry or fiction.

General Requirements 

Students minoring in creative writing must complete a minimum of 15 ENGL credit hours. Students must complete a minimum of  6 upper-division (3000-level and above) ENGL credit hoursNone of the required courses may be taken pass/fail. Only courses completed with a grade of C- (1.7) or better may be counted toward the minor. Students must complete a minimum of 9 credit hours with CU Denver faculty. Students should take ENGL 1020 before beginning the minor. 

I. Required Courses: (9 credit hours)

  • ENGL 2156 Introduction to Creative Writing  
  • ENGL 2450 Introduction to Literature and FIlm
  • ENGL 3020 Poetry Workshop OR
  • ENGL 3050, Fiction Workshop

II. Area Requirements: (3 credit hours)

     Choose 1 corresponding Poetry or Fiction course:

  • ENGL 4025 Advanced Poetry Workshop OR
  • ENGL 4055 Advanced Fiction Workshop OR
  • ENGL 3020 or 3050 Writing Workshop (not previously taken)

III. Elective in Genre of Specialization: (3 credit hours)

      Poetry: Students who have taken ENGL 3020 choose one: 

  • ENGL 4160 Poetics 
  • ENGL 4166 History of American Poetry 
  • ENGL 4320 History of Poetry in English
  • ENGL 4800-4805 Special Topics in Creative Writing (poetry emphasis)

     Fiction: Students who have taken ENGL 3050 choose one: 

  • ENGL 4200/4210 Survey of the English Novel to 1900
  • ENGL 4230 The American Novel 
  • ENGL 4236 The American Short Story 
  • ENGL 4800-4805 Special Topics in Creative Writing (fiction emphasis)

15 Hours to Complete Minor