Minor in English and Creative Writing

Undergraduate students who are not majoring in English may enter a minor program in English and Creative Writing. These students must declare their intention to enter the minor program by the end of Spring Quarter of their third year. Students choose courses in consultation with the Program Coordinator in Creative Writing and must submit a minor program consent form to their College Adviser in order to declare the minor. Students completing this minor must follow all relevant admission procedures described in the Creative Writing website.

Courses in the minor may not be double counted with the student's major(s) or with other minors and may not be counted toward general education requirements. Courses in the minor must be taken for quality letter grades, and all of the requirements for the minor must be met by registering for courses bearing University of Chicago course numbers.
Here are the requirements for the minor program:

  • 2 Creative Writing courses (at least one at the Special Topics or advanced level)
  • 3 Creative Writing or English electives
  • 1 portfolio/projects workshop (or advanced workshop depending on genre) to be taken in the Winter Quarter of the students' fourth year
  • A portfolio of the student's work to be submitted to the Director of Undergraduate Studies by the end of the fifth week in the quarter in which the student plans to graduate. The portfolio might consist of a selection of poems, one or two short stories or chapters from a novel, a substantial part or the whole of a play, two or three non-fiction pieces, and so forth.

NOTE: There is no minor solely in English. The Minor in English and Creative Writing for Non-English Majors is the only minor available through the Department of English.

Fundamentals: CW Track Courses
Most creative writing classes do not give preference to students based on their course of study, but the CW Track Fundamentals course is specifically designed for students who plan to declare a Creative Writing minor or to complete the Creative BA in English or the MAPH creative writing option. Unlike the other Fundamentals courses, these courses are not open bid and require submission of a writing sample and the consent of the instructor. For more information on these courses, please contact Creative Writing.