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Creative Writing Minor

LIBERAL ARTS ENGLISH MINOR
Recommended for students who wish to supplement a major within a related field of the Humanities
  • Required Units (crs.): 21 minimum
  • CREATIVE WRITING
    • 3 units (crs.): English 281, Introduction to English Studies
    • 12 units (crs.): Four of the following: English 204, 303, 304, 305, 306, 308, 329, 330, 385 and 405.
    • 6 units (crs.): Two of the following: English 314, 319, 324, 326, 327, 331, 322, 333, 334, 336, 337, 339, 340, 342, 343, 344, 345, 346, 347, 349, 350, 351, 353, 354, 355, 356, 357, 358, 361, 362, 363, 364, 365, 366, 367, 369, 370, 371, 372, 373, 374, 375, 376, 377, 378, 379, 380, 390, 391, 392 and 448.

Core Courses

    • English 281    3 units (crs.) 
      Introduction to English Studies
      An introduction of the many facets of English Study, including literary theory, multicultural literature, and approaches to reading and writing about a variety of texts, such as fiction, poetry, essays, film, and others. This is a required course for all English majors. Does not fulfill the General Education Humanities requirements. Prerequisite: Any Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar (WBIS 188), or English 101 or English 110 and one of the following: English 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 219, 220, 224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 231 or 247.

12 credits in the following courses:

    • English 204    3 units (crs.) 
      Introduction to Creative Writing
      An introduction to a number of creative written and/or graphic genres including poems, concrete poems, prose-poems, short stories, cartoons, plays, and graphic novels, plus approaches to reading and writing about related texts. Does not fulfill General Education Humanities requirement. Prerequisite: Any Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar (WBIS 188), or English 101, or English 110.
    • English 303    3 units (crs.) 
      Creative Writing: Fiction I
      A course designed to provide opportunity for analysis of original student writing through a seminar or workshop approach. Assigned readings of professional fiction as well as selected student samples are offered for in-class discussion and critique. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of department chair. 303/503
    • English 304    3 units (crs.) 
      Advanced Fiction Writing
      A course designed to provide further opportunity for analysis and critique of students' creative fiction. Class structure, requirements, and assignments are similar to English 303, but greater emphasis is placed on the scope and development of work. Prerequisite: English 303 or consent of department chair. 304/504
    • English 305    3 units (crs.) 
      Creative Writing: Poetry I
      A course designed to provide a workshop approach to student writing and analysis. Student poetry is given constructive in-class critique. Requirements include a minimum of one original poem each week and outside reading in contemporary poetry, with attention to form and content. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 305/505
    • English 306    3 units (crs.) 
      Advanced Poetry Writing
      A course designed to provide further opportunity, through a workshop approach, for close analysis and critique of student writing. Class structure, requirements, and assignments are similar to English 305, but each student is expected to demonstrate increased proficiencies in the discovery and development of a personal style. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 306/506
    • English 308    3 units (crs.) 
      Autobiography: Theory and Practice
      The course is designed to explore the definition and expression of personal identity through the genre of autobiography. There will be three areas of focus: the composition of an autobiography by the students, primary readings of autobiographies, and writing and language theory about the construction of narrative and the representation of the self through writing. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 308/508
    • English 329    3 units (crs.) 
      Creative Writing: Playwriting I
      A workshop in playwriting, focusing on the distinctive qualities of theatrical representation and the basic skills of dialogue, plot, and collaboration with supporting theater artists. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 329/529
    • English 330    3 units (crs.) 
      Creative Writing: Playwriting II
      An advanced workshop in playwriting focusing intensively on student writing with invited feedback from directors, designers, dramaturgs, and other writers. Students will complete a one-act play or other proposed project. Prerequisite: English 329 or consent of instructor. 330/530
    • English 385    3 units (crs.) 
      Computers and Writing
      In this course, students will explore the potential effects of computers on the writing process and on writing pedagogy. We will survey the research on the effects of computers on the social and cognitive aspects of writing, and we will study some theoretical works that attempt to predict the ways in which writing will continue to change in an increasingly computer-rich society. Students will analyze and critique hypertextual essays and stories, and will compose hypertexts of their own. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor.
    • English 405    3 units (crs.) 
      Creative Writing: Optional Content
      This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. Advanced study in creative writing, which may include workshops in experimental fiction or avant-garde forms, novel writing, publishing, and/or chapbook production. Prerequisite: A 300-level creative writing course or consent of instructor. 405/605

6 credits in the following courses:

    • English 314    3 units (crs.) 
      19th-Century American Novel
      A study of the American novel between 1800 and 1900, which will include examination of important figures, texts, and themes. Prerequisites: English 281 or consent of instructor.
    • English 319    3 units (crs.) 
      African American Literature II - Optional Content (ES)
      This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. Studies may include African American literature of the 18th, 19th, and 20th Centuries, oral tradition poetry, and surrounding cultural materials. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 319/519
    • English 324    3 units (crs.) 
      Gender in Literature: Optional Content
      This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. A study of literature from various periods illustrating gender roles in their cultural and social contexts. Cross-listed: English 324/Women's Studies 324. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor.
    • English 326    3 units (crs.) 
      Studies in Classical Mythology
      A survey of Greek and Roman mythology and its influence on Western literature and art. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor.
    • English 327    3 units (crs.) 
      Detective Fiction
      A study of detective fiction in the short story and the novel. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor.
    • English 331    3 units (crs.) 
      Contemporary Literature: Optional Content (ES)
      This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. Studies in poetry and fiction from the past 25 years. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 331/531
    • English 333    3 units (crs.) 
      British Poetry: Optional Content
      This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. A seminar focusing on the themes, technical innovations, and theories of influential British poets. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor.
    • English 334    3 units (crs.) 
      Wisconsin in Literature
      Studies in Wisconsin literature, legends, and lore. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor.
    • English 336    3 units (crs.) 
      The Bible as Literature
      The principal literary genres of the Old and New Testaments, emphasizing thematic content and historical background. The text studied is the King James Version. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 336/536
    • English 340    3 units (crs.) 
      Arthurian Legend and Romance
      A study of the Arthurian legend from the earliest sources, the development of Arthurian Romance cycles, and the influence of the legend in other British literature. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor.
    • English 342    3 units (crs.) 
      Literature of the Romantic Era - Optional Content
      This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. A study of major figures, genres, and themes from the Romantic Era, 1798-1836, with special attention given to critical reading and analytical skills. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 342/542
    • English 343    3 units (crs.) 
      Nature Writing: Optional Content
      This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. A course in reading and writing about the natural world. Writers discussed may include Henry David Thoreau, Aldo Leopold, Annie Dillard, and others. Student writing will represent a significant portion of the coursework. Writing assignments may include essays on natural history, journal entries, environmental advocacy pieces, eco-fiction, and others consistent with the focus of the course. Cross-listed English 343/Environmental Studies 343. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor.
    • English 344    3 units (crs.) 
      Milton
      Milton's major and minor poems and selected prose writings in relation to the background of the literature and his times. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 344/544
    • English 345    3 units (crs.) 
      Twentieth-Century Women Writers - Optional Content
      This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. Studies in literature written by women in the 20th-century, with emphasis on works by contemporary authors. Cross-listed: English 345/Women's Studies 345. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor.
    • English 346    3 units (crs.) 
      Chaucer and His Age
      A study of the major works in medieval English literature with emphasis on Chaucer. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 346/546
    • English 347    3 units (crs.) 
      Shakespeare I
      Selected major plays in relation to dramatic conventions of the Renaissance and to modern productions. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 347/547
    • English 349    3 units (crs.) 
      Honors: Twentieth-Century Women Authors
      Studies in literature by American and British women writers of the 20th century, with emphasis on works by contemporary authors. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. Students cannot earn credit in both an honors course and a non-honors course of the same title.
    • English 350    3-4 units (crs.) 
      Literary Study Tour - Optional Content
      This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. A course in British, American, or post-colonial literature which includes a conducted tour of sites in England, the U.S., or other regions pertinent to the focus the tour takes in any given year. Offered jointly by the English Department and the Division of Continuing Education. Itineraries, special course fees, and specific course requirements will be available whenever the course is offered. 350/550
    • English 351    3 units (crs.) 
      Medieval Literature - Optional Content
      This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. A study of medieval literature including such subjects as Anglo-Saxon literature, Nordic literature, Icelandic Sagas, non-Chaucerian Middle English, Medieval drama, and Monastic literature. 351/551
    • English 353    3 units (crs.) 
      Early Modern British Literature 1485-1660: Optional Content
      This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. A study of the significant plays, poetry, and prose, which may include works of More, Spenser, Marlowe, Jonson, Bacon, Donne, and the Cavaliers and the Metaphysicals. Excludes Shakespeare. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor.
    • English 354    3-6 units (crs.) 
      Studies in Travel, Literature, and Culture: Optional Content
      This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. A study of travel narratives that investigates issues of representation, construction of self and others, and assumptions about culture, customs, and behavior. Fiction and nonfiction may be considered as well as films, photographs, advertisements, and maps. Prerequisites: English 281 or consent of instructor. 354/554
    • English 356    3 units (crs.) 
      Special Topics in Early British Drama: Optional Content
      This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, and the signature of the department chair, it may be taken twice. This study of English drama will focus on one of a variety of topics relevant to medieval, early-modern, and/or Restoration periods, such as the Early-modern Theater as Political Space, The Drama of Revenge, Early-Modern Drama as Colonialist Discourse, or Problematizing Gender in Medieval, Early-modern, and Restoration drama. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 356/556
    • English 357    3 units (crs.) 
      Literature and Other Arts - Optional Content
      This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. Different versions of the course will address a literary theme, period or genre in relation to a specific form of visual, aural or performing art. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 357/557
    • English 358    3 units (crs.) 
      Postcolonial Literature - Optional Content
      This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. This course presents a selection of prose, poetry, and drama that constructs the literary tradition of newly independent countries in the 20th century such as Africa, India, and Jamaica. Among topics to be covered are nationalism, identity, gender, and oral traditions. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 358/558
    • English 361    3 units (crs.) 
      Asian American Literature - Optional Content (ES)
      This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. This course will concentrate on different themes or different Asian American cultures or different periods of development in the body of literature. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 361/561
    • English 362    3 units (crs.) 
      British Literature of the Long Eighteenth Century: Optional Content
      This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. Genres covered may include poetry, essays, satire, and/or drama of the long eighteenth century (1660-1837); topics covered may include imperialism, nationalism, gender, class, and/or racial issues, country life versus city life, Enlightenment, revolution, and literary professionalism. The course may or may not cover the entire period of the long eighteenth century. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 362/562
    • English 363    3 units (crs.) 
      Eighteenth-Century English Novel
      A study of the novel before 1800: Defoe, Richardson, Fielding, Sterne and Smollett; the development of the historical romance, Gothic romance, and the novel of manners. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 363/563
    • English 364    3 units (crs.) 
      19th-Century British Novel: Optional Content
      This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. A study of the British novel from 1800 to 1900 which might include Austen, Scott, Bronte, Thackeray, Dickens, Eliot, Meredith, and Hardy. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor.
    • English 365    3 units (crs.) 
      Modern British Fiction - Optional Content
      This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. A study of 20th-century British fiction. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 365/565
    • English 366    3 units (crs.) 
      Science Fiction
      An examination of major 20th-century works in science fiction. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor.
    • English 367    3 units (crs.) 
      African Literature (NW)
      A course on the culture and literature of African national communities. The focus will be on authors from various national communities whose writings have significantly shaped African literature. This course will include works by both men and women. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. Cross-listed: English 367/African American Studies 367. 367/567
    • English 369    3 units (crs.) 
      Literature of the Victorian Period: Optional Content
      This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. A study of the major figures, texts, and themes of the Victorian era. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 369/569
    • English 370    3 units (crs.) 
      Native American Literature II - Optional Content (ES)
      This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. Studies may include Native American literature of the 19th and 20th centuries, oral tradition, poetry, and surrounding cultural materials. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 370/570
    • English 371    3 units (crs.) 
      African American Women Writers - Optional Content (ES)
      This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. An examination of work by African American women writers such as Toni Morrison, Gloria Naylor, Alice Walker, Paule Marshall and others. Cross-listed: English 371/Women's Studies 371. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 371/571
    • English 372    3 units (crs.) 
      American Short Story: Optional Content
      This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. A study of major writers and their techniques from Poe to the present. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 372/572
    • English 373    3 units (crs.) 
      Colonial and Federalist Literature
      American writing from the beginning through the early years of the Republic. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 373/573
    • English 374    3 units (crs.) 
      American Romanticism
      A study of writers such as Emerson, Fuller, Thoreau, Irving, Cooper, Melville, Hawthorne, Stowe, and/or others. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 374/574
    • English 375    3 units (crs.) 
      American Realism and Naturalism
      Studies of American prose from the Civil War to World War I: Twain, Howells, Adams, James, Crane, and others. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 375/575
    • English 376    3 units (crs.) 
      Twentieth-Century Literature: Optional Content
      This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. Studies of fiction, poetry, drama, and criticism from 1920 to the present. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 376/576
    • English 377    3 units (crs.) 
      Major Figures of American Literature: Optional Content
      This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. A study of one, two or three writers from any period in American Literature, Louise Erdrich, Edgar Allan Poe, Richard Wright, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Emily Dickinson, Toni Morrison and Adrienne Rich. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 377/577
    • English 378    3 units (crs.) 
      Modern American Novel: Optional Content
      This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. A study of the development of the American novel after 1920. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 378/578
    • English 379    3 units (crs.) 
      American Poetry: Optional Content
      This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. This course focuses on American poetry. It may be taught by highlighting a certain era in poetry such as modernism or by sampling a range of poets across the centuries. The featured writers in the course might include such figures as Phyllis Wheatley, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Langston Hughes, H. D., Adrienne Rich, or Joy Harjo among others. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 379/579
    • English 380    3 units (crs.) 
      Modern Drama: Optional Content
      This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. The content of this course, a study of modern and contemporary drama, will vary from semester to semester, and may include drama from around the world or from a particular culture. The course features an introduction to various forms of drama. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 380/580
    • English 390    3 units (crs.) 
      Film and Literary Studies - Optional Content
      This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, and the signature of the department chair, it may be taken twice. The course will examine the relationship between film, literature and the culture in which and for which they are produced. Films that adapt novels, short stories, and/or plays will be examined, and films themselves will be examined as texts. A brief review of artistic terms (with regard to writers and film makers) will be provided. These will be the tools used to discuss how the artists affect us in terms of theme, plot, characterization, mood and imagery. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 390/590
    • English 391    3 units (crs.) 
      Gay and Lesbian Literature - Optional Content
      This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. An examination of lesbian and gay literature, with emphasis on work by contemporary authors. Readings will be arranged thematically, with particular attention to identity politics and to the AIDS epidemic. Cross-listed: English 391/Women's Studies 391. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisite: English 281.
      • English 392    3 units (crs.) 
        Special Topics in Literature - Optional Content
        This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. The course focuses on topics that cross generic, temporal, and/or regional boundaries. Possible topics to be covered include gothicism; sex, sensibility and romanticism; subjectivity, identity, and agency; and the literature of aging. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 392/592
        • English 448    3 units (crs.) 
          Shakespeare II - Optional Content
          This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. An intensive seminar in the advanced study of Shakespeare's works; focus may be on one of a variety of topics and/or approaches to Shakespearean drama. Prerequisite: English 347. 448/648
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