Courses in Literature (R-Z)

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.        

112. Rhetoric of Narrative Genres in Nonliterate Societies
121. Rhetoric of Fiction
122. Rhetoric of Drama
124. Rhetoric of Poetry
125. Poetics and Poetry
127. Novel, Society and Politics
129. Rhetoric of Autobiography
129AC. Autobiography and American Individualism
130. Novel into Film
131T. Genre in Film and Literature
156. Rhetoric of the Political Novel  

106. The Works of Hans Christian Andersen
C107. Plays of Ibsen
C108. Strindberg
116. Studies in Prose
120. The Novel in Scandinavian
125. Old Norse Literature
150. Studies in Scandinavian Literature
C160. Scandinavian Myth and Religion
165. Scandinavian Folklore
170. Arctic Folklore and Mythology in Nordic Lands

Slavic Languages and Literatures
131. Literature, Art, and Society in 20th Century Russia
132. Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and the English Novel
133. The Novel in Russia and the West
134A-G. Major Russian Authors
147A. East Slavic Folklore
147B. Balkan Folklore
150. Polish Literature and Intellectual Trends
151. Readings in Polish Literature
170. Survey of Yugoslav Literatures
171. Readings in Yugoslav Literatures
181. Readings in Russian Literature
182. Pushkin

Southeast Asia
128. Introduction to Modern Indonesian and Malaysian Literature in Translation
129. Mainland Southeast Asian Literature  

104A-B. Survey of Spanish American Literature
107A-B. Survey of Spanish Literature
109. Spanish Drama of the 16th- and 17th-Centuries
111A-B. Cervantes
115. Spanish Poetry
117. The Picaresque Novel
135. Studies in Hispanic Literature
135W. Studies in Hispanic Literature–Writing Intensive

101A-B. Readings in Tamil  

Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies
C107. Plays of Ibsen
C108. Strindberg
126 Performance Literatures
C183C. Black Theatre Workshop

101A-B. Readings in Modern Turkish

103. Readings in Yiddish



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.