UAF adds creative writing minor

Zack Sherman / Sun Star

Students interested in creative writing will be able to enroll in the subject as a minor beginning in fall 2016, according to a motion approved by the Faculty Senate during their April meeting. 

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Requirements for the new creative writing minor

Currently, UAF only offers undergraduates the option of minors and BA degrees in English.  At the graduate level, creative writing is available as a MFA program and currently has 30 students enrolled.  There is also a combined MFA/MA in Creative writing and literature available.

To facilitate the new minor, the current system of three genre-specific 200 level courses in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction are slated to be condensed into a single course: ENGL F270X Introduction to creative writing.

Intermediate courses in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction will be offered at the 300 level and each will be considered a humanities as well as writing intensive courses for the purpose of graduation requirements.

“The English department already has the faculty needed to run the minor,”the motion says.

With no new faculty additions and the administrative costs already shouldered by the English department, creation of the minor adds no additional cost to the UA system.

The minor will require all participants to complete ENGL F270X, two of the genre specific intermediate courses, and two of three specified 400 level courses. The minor requires completion of 15 credits of coursework.

UAF is the last of the three UA system schools to adopt a minor in creative writing.

“…by addressing their interests and providing a formal means to explore them, UAF will be more likely to engage and retain these students,” The motion says.

The motion is awaiting approval by the chancellor’s office. To date, all motions sent to the chancellor regarding academic programs changes this year have been approved.

Creative writing is the third new minor approved at UAF since the start of 2016.  All three additions are slated to become available in fall of 2016, at which time the minor in Russian Studies will no longer be available.

Students wishing to declare or change their minor can do so at the registrar’s office in the Eielson Building.

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