Minor Program in English and Creative Writing

Students who are not English or Creative Writing majors may complete a minor in English and Creative Writing. Such a minor requires six courses plus a portfolio of creative work. At least three of the required courses must be Creative Writing (CRWR) courses, which includes one course at the advanced level and a thesis/major projects workshop to be taken over Winter Quarter of the student's fourth year of study.  The remaining required courses may be taken in Creative Writing (CRWR) or English (ENGL). In addition, students must submit a portfolio of their work (e.g., 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 nonfiction pieces) to the Program Manager and graduate student preceptor by the end of the fifth week in the quarter in which they plan to graduate. Student will work with a graduate student preceptor on this portfolio during the fourth year of study.

Students who elect the minor program in English and Creative Writing must meet with the Program Manager before the end of Spring Quarter of their third year to declare their intention to complete the minor :  

     Jessi Haley, Program Manager for Creative Writing
Students choose courses in consultation with the Program Manager. Approval for the minor program should be submitted to a student's College adviser by the deadline above on a form obtained from the adviser.

NOTE: As of Autumn 2017, students completing this minor will be given enrollment preference for CRWR courses. They must follow all relevant admission procedures described on the courses page.

Courses in the minor (1) may not be double counted with the student's major(s) or with other minors and (2) may not be counted toward general education requirements. Courses in the minor must be taken for quality grades, and at least half of the requirements for the minor must be met by registering for courses bearing University of Chicago course numbers.

Requirements follow for the minor program:

  • 2 CRWR workshop courses (at least one at the advanced level)
  • 3 CRWR or ENGL electives
  • 1 Thesis/Major Projects Workshop to be taken during Winter Quarter of the student's fourth year. 
  • a portfolio of the student's work