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About the Program
The Creative Writing Program is an interdisciplinary minor program offered by the Office of Undergraduate and Interdisciplinary Studies in the Division of Undergraduate Studies in the College of Letters & Science. The approved courses students take to satisfy the minor course requirements are offered by over forty departments and programs on campus. Interested undergraduate students in any major may earn an interdepartmental minor in creative writing by completing the requirements listed in the Minor Requirements tab. For further information, please also see the Creative Writing Minor website and the program's Frequently Asked Questions pages .
There is no major program in Creative Writing.
Declaring and Completing the Minor
Information regarding declaring the minor and completing the minor, including deadlines, is available on the Creative Writing Minor website . See Declaring and Completing .
Students who are interested in the Creative Writing minor are encouraged to subscribe to the Creative Writing minor email list serve to receive important news about the minor, including special approval courses for the minor that are not published on the website. To subscribe, email [email protected] .
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Students who have a strong interest in an area of study outside their major often decide to complete a minor program. These programs have set requirements and are noted officially on the transcript, but are not noted on diplomas.
All minors must be declared before the first day of classes in your Expected Graduation Term (EGT). For summer graduates, minors must be declared prior to the first day of Summer Session A.
All upper-division courses must be taken for a letter grade.
A minimum of three of the upper-division courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements must be completed at UC Berkeley.
A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 is required in the upper-division courses to fulfill the minor requirements.
Courses used to fulfill the minor requirements may be applied toward the Seven-Course Breadth requirement, for Letters & Science students.
No more than one upper division course may be used to simultaneously fulfill requirements for a student's major and minor programs.
All minor requirements must be completed prior to the last day of finals during the semester in which the student plans to graduate. If students cannot finish all courses required for the minor by that time, they should see a College of Letters & Science adviser.
All minor requirements must be completed within the unit ceiling. (For further information regarding the unit ceiling, please see the College Requirements tab.)
At least two of the three writing courses must be taken at UC Berkeley.
Students may be allowed to include courses that are not on the following lists with the approval of the creative writing minor faculty advisor. It is the responsibility of the student to provide the faculty advisor with documentary evidence to support the claim of course eligibility. Contact the creative writing minor student academic advisor at [email protected] for more information.
Creative writing minor.
Undergraduate and Interdisciplinary Studies
235 Evans Hall
Program Director and Faculty Advisor
Fiona McFarlane, PhD (Department of English)
413 Wheeler Hall
Student Academic Advisor
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Creative Writing Minor
SUMMER 2023 CREATIVE WRITING COURSES at Cal – See below and visit Summer Sessions 2023 .
Note: Summer 2023 enrollment begins February 1, 2023 for UC Berkeley students. See Registration .
ENGLISH 141: Modes of Writing (Exposition, Fiction, Verse, Etc)
SPECIAL APPROVAL: If you TAKE TWO* of the following creative writing courses offered by the College Writing Programs Summer Creative Writing Workshops , the two courses together, which will total three or four units, may SATISFY ONE of the three creative writing course requirements:
COLLEGE WRITING N131: Creative Non-Fiction: Cultural Critique (2 units) COLLEGE WRITING N132 : The Craft of Short Fiction (2 units) COLLEGE WRITING N133: The Craft of Dramatic Writing (2 units) COLLEGE WRITING 134: The Craft of Poetry (2 units) COLLEGE WRITING 135: The Craft of Creative Writing – Workshopping & Performance (1 unit)
Multiple sections for each of the above COLLEGE WRITING courses are being offered as of 01/20/23. Check the Summer Sessions 2023 Course Offerings for the ones that work for you.
* If you take only one of the above courses, it will not satisfy a creative writing course requirement for the minor.
TO FIND APPROVED LITERATURE COURSES OFFERED DURING SUMMER 2023, compare the approved list of literature courses on the Creative Writing Minor website with the Summer Sessions 2023 Course Offerings .
Found an upper-division, three- or four-semester unit course you would like reviewed as a creative writing or literature course for the minor? Make sure the course is clearly creative writing (not expository writing) or literature focused. Then, send your documentary evidence, often a course description and syllabus, to [email protected] .
Remember all courses you take for the minor must meet the minor requirements too.
Questions regarding a course? Contact the department offering the course or the instructor teaching the course.
Questions regarding the minor program? Contact Laura Demir at [email protected] .
- Fall 2023 Course List
- Summer 2023 Courses – Enrollment begins February 1st.
- Berkeley Holloway Poetry Series – Spring 2023
- UC Berkeley Lunch Poems 2022-23
- Minor Declaration Form – Must declare no later than term before EGT.
- Completion of L&S Minor Form – Must complete during EGT.