Minor in Creative Writing

The English Department’s Creative Writing minor provides undergraduate students of any major with opportunities to develop as writers within a variety of creative contexts.  The courses in the program enable students to develop both writing craft and technical proficiency. In addition to taking foundations courses that introduce students to the discipline, students are encouraged to take a core sequence, which will enable them to move from writing individual pieces to developing longer book-length compositions. By the program’s end, students will have developed a strong representative body of work.

General Education - Distributive Learning Requirements

General Education Distribution Area Cr. Hrs.
Fine Arts (FA)*
2 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study: Art, CMT (Mass Media or Theatre), Music (includes Dance).
Humanities (HU)*
3 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study: CMT (Communication), English, Linguistics. Philosophy, Women's and Gender Studies, World Languages and Cultures, (Note: No more than two foreign language courses may be used to fulfill this requirement.)

Behavioral/Social Sciences (SB)*

3 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study: African & African American Studies, Anthropology, Computer Science, Economics, Geography & Environmental Studies, History, Justice Studies, Latino & Latin American Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work


Natural Sciences (NS and NSL)**

3 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study; one course must have a laboratory component (NSL): Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Physics (Note: If an FYE ANTH that counts as Natural Science is taken, only one Biology course may be used for Natural Science).


Math/Quantitative Reasoning (MA)

1 Math course, that has intermediate Algebra as prerequisite OR is a course listed on the General Education Distributive Learning List of Approved Courses. Any 3 hour college level math course, beyond Intermediate Algebra, meets this requirement.

At least 3

Majors in Fine Arts, Humanities or Social/Behavioral Sciences, may waive up to 6 credit hours of General Education requirements in the corresponding distribution area.


 Majors in Natural Sciences may waive up to 9 credit hours of General Education requirements in the Natural Sciences distribution area.


Students should also be aware of all other university requirements to obtain a degree - NEIU requirements

Minor in Creative Writing

To complete the minor in creative writing, students must take 18 hours of coursework.

Foundations (6 credits)
ENGL-235Introduction To Creative Writing I 13
ENGL-240AElements Of Style For Creative Writers 23
Core Sequence (6 credits) - *Choose two courses within the same genre6
One course at Intermediate Level
Creative Writing: Poetry I
Creative Writing: Fiction I
*Choose one course at the advanced level
Creative Writing: Poetry II
Creative Writing: Fiction II
Hybrid-form Writing
Electives (6 credits)6
Forms Of Poetry
Independent Study In English
Writing The Personal Essay
The Craft Of The Short Story
Screenwriting: The Short Script
Summer Creative Writing Institute
ENGL 3941-6 Creative Writing Internship (1 through 6 credit hours)
Total Hours18

 235 is the prerequisite for all creative writing courses


 240 can be taken concurrently with courses at higher levels


 All advanced level courses require successful completion of the intermediate course in the same genre with a grade of "C" or higher.  Admission without the prerequisite is at the instructor's discretion.