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Creative Writing - Arts and Sciences Transfer (A.A.)

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Title of Major: Arts and Sciences - Creative Writing, A.A. 

Award: Associate of Arts degree, A.A. 


Total Credit Hours: 60 

Creative Writing

Purpose: Designed to provide students with an opportunity to develop as readers and writers. Prepares students for advanced study in creative writing. Students completing this degree will have developed a portfolio of original work (fiction, poetry or creative non-fiction) for submission to baccalaureate level (BA and/or BFA) writing programs as well as reputable journals. The comprehensive core of general education courses and specialized courses in creative writing will also prepare students for transfer to programs in related disciplines.

Graduation Requirements

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General Education Requirements: 31-36 credits

An approved list of general education courses can be found in the General Education Requirements and degree program required courses  section of the catalog. Choose general education courses from the following topics:

English: 3-6 credits

Arts and Humanities: 6 credits

Biological and Physical Sciences: 7-8 credits

At least one lab science required. See General Education Biological and Physical Sciences Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Computer Technology, Interdisciplinary Studies or Mathematics: 3-4 credits

Health/Fitness/Wellness: 3 credits

See General Education Health/Fitness/Wellness Requirements  for a list of approved courses. 

Mathematics: 3 credits

Social and Behavioral Sciences: 6 credits

Program Requirements: 9 credits

The Program Requirements for this degree are simultaneously satisfied by three of General Education Requirements listed above: (1) the Communications Arts and Humanities general education requirement, (2) the  Sophomore Literature Arts and Humanities general education requirement, and (3) one of  the History Social and Behavioral Sciences general education requirement courses (HIS 111 or HIS 112 or HIS 211 or HIS 212).

Area of Concentration 24-29 credits

Choose two courses from the following: 6 credits

Students should check the requirements of their transfer school before selecting the courses listed below.

Electives: 4-9 credits

Students should check the requirements of their transfer school before selecting elective courses. No more than 3 credits of physical activity courses may be used as electives.

Computer Competency Requirement

Students may satisfy the Computer and Information Technology Requirement simultaneously as they satisfy the general education requirement for Computer Technology. See Computing and Information Technology Competency Requirement  for a list of approved courses.

Diversity Requirement

All students in associate degree programs must satisfy the diversity requirement.  In many cases, students may satisfy this requirement simultaneously as they satisfy a general education course requirement or with an elective.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Communicate complex ideas and information through writing, speaking, presenting, and using technology.
  • Locate, organize, and analyze information from multiple sources in order to develop informed, reasoned, and substantiated arguments.
  • Explain the value of tradition, innovation, and creativity in the writing process.
  • Apply mathematical skills, critical analysis, and logical thinking to solve problems and interpret quantitative information.
  • Apply an awareness of social diversity and the ways in which cultural values are historically and socially situated.
  • Use a wide range of writing techniques and considerations leading to intellectual and personal development appropriately in short narrative and poetic forms.
  • Synthesize universal and individual experience into narrative and poetic form, which develop social and cultural awareness and an understanding of a wide range of human experience.
  • Express emotional content in concrete language.
  • Use and transcend models of narrative and poetic forms in a way that demonstrates imagination and originality.
  • Apply critical thinking, a conscious process and a disciplined approach to producing creative written work, including research, self-evaluation of one’s own work and habits, and working cooperatively by giving and receiving feedback.
  • Engage with the landscape of established and contemporary literature through reading and creatively responding to literary forms and participate in the cultural community of creative writing.

This program aligns with the college’s core competencies.


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