Courses in Literature (E-G)

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 Minor 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.      

East Asian Languages and Cultures
105. Dynamics of Romantic Core Values in East Asian Premodern Literature and Contemporary Film
106. Expressing the Ineffable in China and Beyond: The Making of Meaning in Poetic Writing

107. The English Bible as Literature
110. Medieval Literature
111. Chaucer
112. Middle English Literature
114A-B. English Drama
115A-B. The English Renaissance
117A-T. Shakespeare
118. Milton
119. Literature of the Restoration and Early Eighteenth Century
120. Literature of the Later 18th Century
121. Romantic Period
122. Victorian Period
125A-E. The English Novel
126. British Literature: 1900-1945
127. Modern Poetry
130A-D. American Literature
131. American Poetry
132. American Novel
133A. African American Literature and Culture Before 1917
133B. African American Literature and Culture Since 1917
133T. Topics in African American Literature and Culture
134. Contemporary Literature
135AC. Literature of American Cultures
C136. Topics in American Studies
137A. Chicana/o Literature and Culture to 1910
137B. Chicana/o Literature and Culture to 1910
137T. Topics in Chicana/o Literature and Culture
138. Studies in World Literature in English
139. The Cultures of English
152. Women Writers
165. Special Topics
165AC. Special Topics in American Cultures
166. Special Topics
166AC: Special Topics in American Cultures
170. Literature and the Arts
171. Literature and Sexual Identity
172. Literature and Psychology
174. Literature and History
175. Literature and Disability
176. Literature and Popular Culture
177. Literature and Philosophy
179. Literature and Linguistics
180A-Z. Genres of Literature
190. Research Seminar 

Ethnic Studies
100. Comparative Ethnic Literature in America
N100. Comparative Ethnic Literature in America
174. Existential Panic in American Ethnic Literature
175. Literature from Ethnic Movements

112A-B. Medieval Literature
114A. Late Medieval Literature
116A. 16th-Century Literature: Margot to Montaigne
117A-B. 17th-Century Literature
118A-B. 18th-Century Literature
119A-B. 19th-Century Literature
120A-B. 20th-Century Literature
121A-B. Literary Themes, Genres, and Structures
122A-B. Literary Criticism
123. Prose Fiction
126. Senior Seminar
140A-D. French Literature in English Translation
150A-B. Women in French Literature
151A-B. Francophone Literature
172A. Psychoanalytic Theory and Literature
174. Music and Literature
175A. Literature and the Visual Arts
185. Literature and Colonialism  

Gender and Women's Studies
C146A. Cultural Representations of Sexualities: Queer Literary Culture

108. Literary Translation
110. The Literature of the Middle Ages
112. Early Modern Literature
123. From 1800 to the Present
131. Goethe
140. Romanticism
147. German Drama and Opera
148. Topics in Narrative
151. 18th- to 21st Century German Poetry
152. Modern Literature
175B. 20th-Century Poetry

100. Plato and Attic Prose
101. Homer
102. Drama and Society
105. The Greek New Testament
115. Archaic Poetry
116. Greek Drama
117. Hellenistic Poets
120. Herodotus
121. Thucydides
122. Attic Oratory
123. Plato and Aristotle
125. Greek Literature of the Hellenistic and Imperial Periods

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.