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Creative Writing

Bachelor of Arts

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The English Department administers the creative writing major, a program ranked among the top five in the nation. Students take four writing workshops, in which they draft, analyze, and revise manuscripts in a small class setting.

Major Details

College: College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Math Required:


    This strand involves the general understanding and appreciation of how mathematics is used to solve problems in everyday life. The G-strand does not prepare a student for any further work grounded in mathematics and assumes the student will not proceed beyond the basic Foundations level noted above. Thus only those students whose major requires the most general knowledge of mathematics should take this strand.
Second Language Required:

4 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion of a two-course sequence beyond the second semester of post-secondary language instruction.
  • Completion with a C or higher of a 300- or 400-level language course at the post-secondary level.
  • Completion of one course beyond the third semester in combination with an AP (Advanced Placement) score, IB (International Baccalaureate) score or a CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) score determined by the individual language department.
  • An AP, IB, or CLEP language score determined by individual language departments.
  • A minimum of one semester study abroad in a language program approved by the appropriate language department as the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level.
4 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
ENGL 101 English Composition 3
First Semester Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
ENGL 102 English Composition 3
Second Semester Second Language 4
MATH105, PHIL110, LING178, MATH112, or select courses of higher level 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
Third Semester Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
Minor Course 3
4th Semester
Fourth Semester Second Language 4
Tier II General Education 3
ENGL 215 Elements of Craft in Creative Writing 3
ENGL 200 Level Workshop 3
ENGL 280 Intro To Literature 3
5th Semester
ENGL 200 Level Workshop 3
ENGL 380 Literary Analysis 3
ENGL 373A British and American Literature: Beowulf to 1660 3
Minor Course 3
Minor Course 3
6th Semester
ENGL 373B British and American Literature: Restoration to the 19th Century 3
ENGL 300 or 400 Level Literature Elective 3
ENGL 300 or 400 Level Literature Elective 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
7th Semester
300 Level Workshop 3
ENGL 300 or 400 Level Literature Elective 3
ENGL 300 or 400 Level Literature Elective 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
8th Semester
400 Level Workshop 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

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Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The knowledge of literary traditions, genres, and theory; writing and analysis skills; and writing workshop experience gained from a major in Creative Writing provides a strong foundation for a career working as a writer or incorporating creative writing principles into one’s work. Graduates in Creative Writing might write or edit for popular or literary periodicals, books, websites, or television, or they might work as teachers, arts advocates, or on creative teams in public relations, media, or advertising. A Creative Writing major is also excellent preparation for Master of Fine Arts writing programs or graduate studies in English, literature, journalism, or media arts. Creative Writing, like many majors, teaches content and skills that can be applied to a wide variety of career fields. This major does not restrict you to a specific field. Following are career possibilities that may most closely relate to this major.

Potential Career Areas

  • Writing
  • Editing
  • Teaching
  • Journalism
  • Outreach
  • Consulting
  • Publishing
  • Administration
  • Advertising
  • Public Relations

Sample Employers

  • Schools
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Self-Employed (Freelance)
  • Art Councils
  • Summer camps/programs
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Print media
  • Publishing Companies
  • Television and film industry
  • Advertizing Firms

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Writer/Author $28,600 - $55,400
Catalogue Copywriter $25,000 - $50,000
Editor $28,900 - $51,500
Advertising Copywriter $30,000 - $75,000
Proofreader $28,090 - $49,990
Nonprofit Organization Publications Assistant $22,000 - $37,000
Art Council Director $24,000 - $65,000
Public Relations Specialist $30,600 - $52,100
English Teacher, Secondary $35,000 - $53,200
English/Writing Instructor, Postsecondary $32,900 - $60,400
Educational Activities Coordinator $24,000 - $50,000
Greeting Card Writer $28,020 - $53,070
Literary Agent $20,000 - $62,940
Radio/TV Writer $40,500 - $56,500
Website Content Producer $28,000 - $75,000
Newspaper Beat Reporter $18,000 - $25,000
Book or Movie Critic $40,500 - $57,500
Granter Writer $30,000 - $70,000