Minor in Writing and Literature

The minor in Writing and Literature enables motivated students to pursue their studio practice while engaging in the creative and critical literary arts with a dynamic, supportive faculty.

Completing the minor does not increase the total number of units required to graduate*. So for most students, pursuing the minor will not affect the number of courses taken either within the major or in the Humanities and Sciences areas.

However, because the coursework in the minor may replace other requirements, it is important to meet with an advisor as early as possible to plan the course of study.

*BArch students generally need to take at least one additional course to complete a Minor in Writing and Literature.

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Writing and Literature Minor: Coursework Requirements

For students first matriculating at CCA Fall 2016 and later:

Choose two additional courses from the following:

[3 units] Writing 1 (WRLIT-101 or WRLIT-103)
[3 units] Writing 2 (WRLIT-201 or WRLIT-203)
[3 units] Literary & Performing Arts Studies 200-level (LITPA-200)
[3 units] Workshop (WRLIT-110/204/300) [Studio Elective]
[3 units] MH: Literary Theory (WRLIT-360) or Ways of Reading seminar (WRLIT 320)
[6 units] Choose two additional courses from the following list that have not been taken toward fulfillment of other requirements in the minor. At least one course taken from the list must be 3xx-level.

  • Introduction to Writing & Literature (WRLIT-108)
  • First Year Writer’s Studio (WRLIT-110)
  • Literature: Historical Topics (WRLIT-208)
  • Literature: Modern Topics (WRLIT-210)
  • World Literature Survey (WRLIT-216)
  • Workshop: Literary Forms (WRLIT-204/WRLIT-300)
  • Literary & Performing Arts Studies (LITPA-200)
  • MH: Literary Theory (WRLIT-360)
  • Ways of Reading Seminar (WRLIT-320)
  • Literary Journal (WRLIT-308)
  • Workshop: Critical Essay (WRLIT-400)

21 total units

A maximum of 12 units of transfer credit will count towards the minor.

All coursework in the minor must be completed with a grade of C or better to fulfill minor requirements.

Distribution of Units

In order to satisfy the Writing and Literature minor requirements, students (excluding those enrolled in the BArch program) will use the following:

  • Existing 6 units of Writing 1 & Writing 2 requirements
  • Existing 3 units of Literary and Performing Arts Studies (LITPA) requirements
  • Existing 3 units of Studio Elective: satisfied by a Writer’s Workshop (WRLIT-110/204/300)
  • Existing 6 units of 300-level Humanities and Sciences requirement:
    • 3 units satisfied, for minors-only, by either MH: Literary Theory (WRLIT-360) or Ways of Reading seminar (WRLIT-320)
    • 3 units satisfied by one of the WRLIT-3xx courses from the “choose two” list
  • Existing 3 units of Humanities and Sciences elective: satisfied by additional course from the “choose two” list

Students enrolled in the BArch program will use:

  • Existing 6 units of Writing 1 & Writing 2 requirements
  • Existing 3 units of Literary and Performing Arts Studies (LITPA) requirements
  • Existing 3 units of Open Elective: satisfied by a Writer’s Workshop (WRLIT-110/204/300)
  • Existing 3 units of Open Elective: satisfied by either MH: Literary Theory (WRLIT-360) or Ways of Reading seminar (WRLIT-320)
  • Existing 3 units of 300-level Humanities and Sciences requirement satisfied by one of the WRLIT-3xx courses from the “choose two” list
  • 3 extra units, in addition to those required by the BArch program, in order to satisfy the second required course from the “choose two” list

Advising

To discuss the minor option further, please contact either one of the following:

  • your major advisor; or
  • Aimee Phan, Chair of Writing and Literature; or
  • Naomi Washer, Writing & Literature Program Manager