Requirements for the Minor in Creative Writing and Literature

Declaration of the minor

Students should declare the Creative Writing and Literature minor no later than the middle of their sophomore year, at which time they should consult with the directors of both their major and minor to plan their course of study. The objective is to fulfill both sets of requirements in a coherent and complementary way. 

To earn the creative writing minor, students may take all of their courses on main campus or, when it is offered, up to five courses in a single semester through a Semester by the Sea residency at the Southampton campus. For more information about which courses are being offered at both campuses, download the Course Scheduleat http://www.stonybrook.edu/southampton/mfa/cwl/academics.htmlCWL 450, the capstone project, is offered only in the Semester by the Sea format, and so students completing coursework on main campus should plan to take an extra writing workshop instead.

Students should take the prerequisite CWL 202 Introduction to Creative Writing prior to enrolling in the Semester by the Sea. The remaining requirements may also be taken as stand-alone courses in fall, spring and summer terms.

Requirements for the minor

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses toward the minor. Completion of the minor in creative writing and literature requires 21 credits, distributed as follows.

A. Introductory Courses required of all minors (6 credits)

  • CWL 190 Introduction to Contemporary Literature
  • CWL 202 Introduction to Creative Writing: Writing Everything

B. Three writing workshops chosen from the following (9 credits)
     Students may repeat a workshop as the topic changes.

  • CWL 300 Forms of Creative Non-Fiction
  • CWL 305 Forms of Fiction
  • CWL 310 Forms of Poetry
  • CWL 315 Forms of Scriptwriting
  • CWL 320 Forms of Interdisciplinary Arts
  • CWL 325 Forms of Science Writing
  • CWL 510, 520, 530, 540, 550 (Graduate-level workshop) Forms of Fiction, Poetry, Scriptwriting, Creative Nonfiction, Professional and Scientific Writing (MFA faculty). By special permission of the MFA department only, from time to time, exceptional undergraduates may earn entry into the graduate writing program's workshops.

C. One literature course for writers chosen from the following (3 credits)

  • CWL 330 Topics in European Literature for Writers
  • CWL 335 Topics in American Literature for Writers
  • CWL 340 Topics in World Literature for Writers

D. Senior Project or one Additional Writing Workshop at the 300 or graduate level (3 credits)*

  • CWL 450 Senior Project
  • CWL 300, 305, 310, 315, 320, 325 or graduate-level CWL 510, 520, 530, 540, 550
    In consultation with the director, a creative writing workshop, preferably at the graduate level, that builds on a project begun in a previous workshop. e.g., CWL 510 “Advancing the Novel.”

 *Note: Workshop courses taken to satisfy requirement B may not be used to also satisfy  requirement D.