FAQ

What if I took a course that actually involved a lot of creative writing, even though it was not listed as a Creative Writing course and does not show up on the list of acceptable courses?

Courses that are not included on the "Official" list of Creative Writing courses may be counted toward the Minor with the approval of the Creative Writing Minor Faculty Adviser. It is the student's responsibility to provide the Creative Writing Minor Faculty Adviser with the documents (course descriptions, syllabi, assignment sheets, etc.) that will show the nature of the course. Contact the Creative Writing Minor Student Academic Advisor at demir@berkeley.edu for more information.

What if I am a transfer student–will courses I took at another school count toward the Minor in Creative Writing here at Berkeley?

The Minor in Creative Writing is open to all students at Berkeley. You can take as many as two of the required upper division courses at another school, as long as at least two of your Creative Writing courses were taken here at Berkeley. All courses for the minor must be upper division. Classes taken at a (two-year) community college will not be acceptable. "Reading and Composition" courses will not count toward the minor for the same reason.

What if I am an English major? I thought you could not major and minor in the same subject.

The Minor in Creative Writing is open to all students at Berkeley. Since the Minor is not tied to any single department, students in all majors, including English, are eligible to participate.

Do writing courses in the Ethnic Studies departments or in Journalism count toward the Creative Writing Minor?

Yes, applicable courses may be taken in any department that offers them.

What about courses I take to fulfill other requirements–either breadth requirements, requirements within my major, or requirements within another minor? Can I count those courses toward the Minor in Creative Writing?

Yes, but only one course may be used to fulfill the Minor in Creative Writing and requirements within your major department. And, only one course may be used to fulfill the Minor in Creative Writing and requirements in another minor department. However, courses accepted for a minor program may also satisfy College breadth requirements, when appropriate.

Will my diploma show that I have completed the minor?

No, the fact that you have completed a minor will appear in the "memorandum" section of your transcript only.

What if I have other questions?

You should be able to find the answers to most of your questions on this web site. If you have read through all the information and still have questions, please contact the Creative Writing Student Academic Advisor (demir@berkeley.edu or 510-642-2363) or the Faculty Adviser.