Courses in Literature (A-D)

Courses That Satisfy the Creative Writing Requirements

Five approved upper-division courses are required, consisting of three courses in creative writing and two courses in literature. These courses may be taken in any of the departments that offer them. See Requirements.

Courses in both creative writing and literature are sometimes listed in the Berkeley Academic Guide under very general headings ("Topics in ________" or "Special Topics"). Students may be allowed to include courses that are not on the following list with approval of the Creative Writing Minor Faculty Adviser. It is the responsibility of the student to provide the Faculty Adviser with documentary evidence to support the claim of course eligibility. Contact the Creative Writing Student Academic Advisor at for more information.

To determine if a course from the list below is being offered during a specific semester, visit the Schedule of Classes.

NOTE: Two courses are required from this list. Both of these courses must be taken for a letter grade.           

African American Studies
C143B. Research-to-Performance Laboratory
C143C. Black Theatre Workshop
150B. African American Literature 1920 to Present
N150B. Survey of African American Literary Forms and Styles 1920 to 1980
152F. Neo-Slave Narratives
153C. Novels of Toni Morrison
155. Literature of the Caribbean: Significant Themes
159. Special Topics in African American Literature (3 or 4 units only)

American Studies
C152. Native American Literature

160AC. Forms of Folklore
161. Narrative Folklore
162. Topics in Folklore
N162. Introduction to Arabic Folklore

104A. Modern Arabic Prose
104B. Classical Arabic Prose
105A. Modern Arabic Poetry
105B. Classic Arabic Poetry
111A-B. Survey of Arabic Literature (in Arabic) 

Asian American Studies
172. Asian American Literature
175. Contemporary Narratives on the Philippines and the United States
176. Genre in Asian American Literature
181. Chinese American Literature
183. Korean American Literature

Buddhist Studies
Buddstd C140. Readings in Chinese Buddhist Texts

Celtic Studies
119A. Welsh and Arthurian Literature of the Middle Ages
119B. Welsh and Arthurian Literature of the Middle Ages
125. Irish Literature in Translation
138. Irish Literature
139. Irish Literature
146A-B. Medieval Welsh Language and Literature
C168. Celtic Mythology and the Oral Tradition 

Chicano Studies
141. Chicana Feminist Writers and Discourse
142. Major Chicano Writers
143. Chicano and Latin American Literature 

120. Ancient Chinese Prose
122. Ancient Chinese Poetry
134. Readings in Classical Chinese Poetry
136. Readings in Medieval Prose
C140. Readings in Chinese Buddhist Texts
155. Readings in Vernacular Chinese Literature
156. Modern Chinese Literature
157. Contemporary Chinese Literature

124. Classical Poetics

College Writing Programs
140A. Readings on Creative Writing

Comparative Literature
100. Introduction to Comparative Literature
120. The Biblical Tradition in Western Literature
151. The Ancient Mediterranean World
152. The Middle Ages
153. The Renaissance
154. 18th- and 19th- Century Literature
155. The Modern Period
156. Fiction and Culture of the Americas
165. Myth and Literature
171. Topics in Modern Greek Literature
190. Senior Seminar in Comparative Literature

140. Topics in Dutch Literature
C164. The Indonesian Connection: Dutch Literature about the Indes in English Translation
166. Anne Frank and After: Dutch Literature of the Holocaust in English Translation  


The Creative Writing Minor is offered by the Office of Undergraduate and Interdisciplinary Studies in the Undergraduate Division of the College of Letters and Science. The courses students take to satisfy the minor course requirements are offered by various departments around campus. If you have questions regarding the minor program and whether a course not on this list may be used for the minor, contact the Creative Writing Minor Student Academic Advisor at If you have questions regarding an approved course on this list, contact the department and instructor offering the course. The departments and instructors determine when their courses will be offered and who is eligible to take their courses.