Courses in Literature (H-P)

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.        

104A-B. Modern Hebrew Literature and Culture

Italian Studies
104. Reading Italian Literature
109. Dante's Commedia  (in Italian)
110. Literature and Culture of the 13th- and 14th-Centuries
112. 16th-Century Literature and Culture
115. 19th-Century Literature and Culture
117. 20th- and 21st-Century Literature
120. Topics in Italian Studies
130A. Dante’s Inferno (in English)
130B. Dante’s Purgatorio and Paradiso (in English)
163. Special Topics in Italian Literature  

130. Classical Japanese Poetry
132. Pre-Modern Japanese Diary (Nikki) Literature
140. Heian Prose
144. Edo Literature
155. Modern Japanese Literature
159. Contemporary Japanese Literature
170. Classical Japanese Literature in Translation
177. Urami: Rancor and Revenge in Japanese Literature
180. Ghosts and the Modern Literary Imagination  

101. Fourth-Year Readings – Literature
130. Genre and Occasion in Traditional Poetry
140. Narrating Persons and Objects in Traditional Korean Prose
150. Modern Korean Poetry
153. Readings in Modern Korean Literature
155. Modern Korean Fiction
157. Contemporary Korean Literature
172. Gender and Korean Literature
180. Critical Approaches to Modern Korean Literature 

100. Republican Prose
101. Vergil
102. Lyric and Society
115. Roman Drama
116. Lucretius, Vergil's Georgics
119. Latin Epic
120. Latin Prose to AD 14
121. Tacitus
122. Post-Augustan Prose
140. Medieval Latin
155A. Readings in Medieval Latin

Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Studies (LGBT)
LGBT C146A. Cultural Representations of Sexualities: Queer Literary Culture 

Native American Studies
C152. Native American Literature

Near Eastern Studies
105A. Ancient Mesopotamian Documents and Literature
113. Gilgamesh: King, Hero and God
132. Biblical Poetry
139. Modern Jewish Literatures
150A. Arabic Literature in Translation
150B. Arabic Literature in Translation
152. Cultural Encounters in Modern Arabic Literature
154. Narratives of Identity in Israeli and Palestinian Fiction
155. Wonder and the Fantastic: The Thousand and One Nights in World Literary Imagination
162A-B. History of Persian Literature
165. Film and Fiction of Iran
170A-B. Turkish Literature in Translation

101A-B. Readings in Persian Literature
102A-B. Readings in Classical Persian Prose
103A-B. Classical Persian Poetry
104B. Contemporary Persian Literature
105. Modern Analytical Prose in Persian

104. Introduction to Brazilian Literature
128. 20th-Century Brazilian Literature   

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.