National University

Undergraduate Programs in English


Associate of Arts in Creative Writing

Faculty Advisor:  Amina Cain; (310) 662-2165;

The Associate of Arts with Major in Creative Writing is designed to help students develop their interests and talents as creative writers and to give them the skills to continue to improve their writing. Students will be introduced to three different genres and given the opportunity for more advanced study in two of them.  the program will provide a sound foundation for further work or study in creative writing.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to

  • recognize the basic conventions of contemporary fiction, poetry, and screenwriting
  • produce polished, completed works in two of the genres studies in the program (fiction, poetry, screenwriting)
  • analyze their own work critically and employ revision strategies to improve it
  • critique the writing of others and offer constructive suggestions for improving it in a collegial setting

Degree Requirements
To receive the Associate of Arts in Creative Writing, students mush complete at least 90 quarter units, 31.5 of which must be taken in residence at national University.  All students must complete a minimum 34.5 units of the Associate of Arts general education requirements.  In the absence of transfer credit, additional electives may nee do be taken to meet the overall unit requirement of the degree.

Preparation for the Major
(2 courses; 6 quarter units)

ENG 100 Effective College English I
Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on Accuplacer

ENG 101 Effective College English II
Prerequisite: ENG 100

Requirements for the Major
(9 courses; 40.5 quarter units)

LIT 100 Introduction to Literature
Prerequisite: ENG 101

ENG 240 Advanced Composition
Prerequisite: ENG 101

ENG 201 Fiction Writing I
Prerequisite: ENG 101

ENG 202 Poetry Writing I
Prerequisite: ENG 101

ENG 203 Screenwriting I
Prerequisite: ENG 101

Two of the following courses:

ENG 301 Fiction Writing II
Prerequisite: ENG 201

ENG 302 Poetry Writing II
Prerequisite: ENG 202

ENG 303 Screenwriting II
Prerequisite: ENG 203

ENG 375 Nature Writing
Prerequisite: ENG 101

Two of the following courses:

ART 100 Introduction to Art History
Prerequisite: ENG 101

ART 200 Visual Arts

BRO 210 History of Television
Prerequisite: ENG 101 and COM 100 or COM 103

COM 100 Intro to Mass Communication

MUS 100 Fundamentals of Music

PHL 100 Introduction to Philosophy
Prerequisite: ENG 101

PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology

THR 200 Theater Arts