BA with Concentration in Creative Writing

The undergraduate concentration in Creative Writing invites students to become involved in the creation of new literary art. Like all English majors, Creative Writing concentrators begin their studies with the three-course Transatlantic survey sequence, giving them a solid grounding in literary history. Later, they take writing workshops in various genres, including fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and scriptwriting. They are encouraged to work on the Department’s 150-year-old literary magazine, Reed, and to participate in other literary programming on campus, for example the readings and conversations with visiting authors sponsored by SJSU’s Center for Literary Arts.

To see descriptions of courses, check the catalog for this concentration. See the 4-Year Roadmap for a sample advising map to complete the degree program in four years. 

Check with the Creative Writing Major Advisor at least once each semester to track your progress.

Requirements and Forms

For a current list of department forms, please go to Advising Forms

For students matriculating AFTER Fall 2017:

For students matriculating PRIOR to Fall 2017:


For non-major advising (less than 60 units earned):

  • general education advising 
  • course schedule planning
  • resources for academic success
  • pre-graduation general education reviews

Contact the College of Humanities and the Arts (H&A) Student Success Center in Clark Hall 244, or call (408) 924-5095 for an appointment. 

For major advising (60+ units earned): 

  • assistance with major form
  • application for graduation
  • assistance with substitution forms
  • graduation worksheet and hold letter reviews

Make an advising appointment

Explanations and Limitations

One course equals 3 or 4 units. English majors who complete the Humanities Honors Program will be credited for ENGL 125 (European Literature: Homer to Dante).