Creative Writing

Major Requirements (SF State Bulletin: Degree Requirements)

Roadmap (SF State Bulletin: Roadmap)

GE Requirements (SF State Bulletin: General Education)

Major Department Website

Your major advisor answered a few questions to assist you with your first semester courses — see below.

General Information

What are some of the highlights and features to know about this major? A Creative Writing B.A. major may be taken in the genres of Fiction, Poetry and Playwriting or a blend of those genres.
Does your department have a major planning sheet for me as a guide? Yes: CW Requirements (pdf)
When should I first meet with my major department? [You should meet with advisors] In the first semester. Advising is available from all professors in the major (please remember that there is a distinction between professors and lecturers). Major advising worksheets are available online and in the CW office, HUM 573.
How will I be assigned to a major advisor and how do I contact them? C W B.A. students select their own advisor, usually based on scheduling compatibility, from among any of the Faculty Advisors, whose contact info, office hours and locations are listed online and are available from HUM 573
Where can I find information about major advising?
Does this major require any pre-work from me before I attend orientation or register for classes? Advising with a Creative Writing faculty advisor would be useful.
What should I do if my major core and/or prerequisite courses are full? Show up for the first meeting of class in the likely chance that some other students enrolled don't show up or drop, as it may be possible to obtain apermission number to add the class.
Is there anything else I need to know about starting in this major?

The B.A. Degree in English:  Creative Writing

The undergraduate major in English: Creative Writing has been designed to recognize the difference between the educational objectives of students concentrating in Creative Writing and those concentrating in a traditional English program.

The English: Creative Writing major program emphasizes the primary importance of the study and practice of writing. In the writing courses offered by the Creative Writing Department, students learn how to communicate in the special language of fiction, drama, and poetry. In the creative process courses, topics such as Plays: Reading and Viewing, Personal Narrative, Contemporary World Poetry, and The Short-Short Story teach students to look at literature from the point of view of the writer through a study of technique, structure, and style. The craft courses introduce  the basic elements of writing fiction, poetry, or plays.

The English: Creative Writing major program also requires a number of literature courses so that students will continue to be exposed to the best writing of the present and past, as well as courses in theory, language, and literary criticism.

Transfer Student Info

What upper division courses should I take in my first semester as a transfer student for this major?

C W 301 and C W 302. If transferable equivalent was taken at other institution, first courses at SFSU would be C W 302 and one of the following: CW 511GWCraft of Poetry, CW 512GW Craft of Fiction or CW 513GW Craft of Playwriting.

Up to nine units of the following:

  • ENG 460
  • ENG 461
  • ENG 514
  • ENG 526
  • ENG 580
  • ENG 583
  • ENG 612
  • ENG 630

Up to three units of the following:

  • AA S 322
  • AA S 372
  • AA S 512
  • AFRS 400
  • AFRS 401
  • CWL 420
  • CWL 520
  • LTNS 305
  • LTNS 560
  • WGS 541

Up to three units of the following:

  • ENG 420
  • HUM 390
  • HUM 415
  • HUM 425
  • HUM 432
Are there any prerequisites to these upper division courses for the major? CW 301 and CW302.
Are there any registration blocks or holds in the system for this major, and if so, what do I do/who do I contact to clear them? Not applicable.
Does this major have an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) roadmap?


English (AA-T) [Click here for ADT Roadmap]

Freshmen Student Info

Are there any courses I should take first as a Freshman to get started in this major and/or are there any lower division GE course requirements that I can take that will also count toward this major? English 114 or equivalent, followed by English 216 or 218, are required and are taken in the English Department.  Our sequencing in the major begins with CW 301, Fundamentals of Creative Writing, and CW 302, Fundamentals of Creative Reading, both of which must be taken before any other major courses; they may be taken concurrently.
Are there entry or prerequisite requirements for these Freshmen courses?

Not applicable.

Can any of my AP or IB tests count toward requirements in this major?
Not applicable.



College of Liberal and Creative Arts Advising Resource Center (ARC)

Services provided for: Undergraduate students pursuing a major, minor or certificate in the College of Liberal and Creative Arts.

Services offered: Academic planning, general education advising, academic probation advising, petition consultation, career prep and planning, major career exploration, graduation check (GE and graduation requirements), study abroad, connecting with communities and discovering campus resources.

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