Associate in Arts Creative Writing Emphasis

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Maya Angelou to Ernest Hemingway to Guillermo Del Toro and Kendrick Lamar, creative writers come in all forms. They are artists whose medium is the written word. They express ideas, evoke emotion, and ignite readers’ imaginations as authors, novelists, screenwriters, poets, lyricists, and comic book writers. 

Studying creative writing will help you master your already-strong command of the written language. MCC’s courses in creative writing, fiction, poetry, structuring a novel, and building a portfolio will provide you with what you need to begin your career as a creative writer. Get started on this exciting pathway today.

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Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Associate Degree / University Transfer
Academic Plan
Associate in Arts (AA)
Academic Plan Code
8400
Total Credits Required
60-64
Catalog Year
2019-2020
Transfer Partner
Arizona State University
Transfer Program
English (Creative Writing) (Bachelor of Arts)

What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Analyze the aesthetic values and literary styles of diverse eras and cultures.
  2. Identify and examine the technical elements of literature across multiple genres.
  3. Analyze and interpret the effects of technical craft elements in published literary works.
  4. Recognize the dynamic relationships among people, culture, and the physical world.
  5. Demonstrate social responsibility and ethical behavior toward the creation of original works in a culturally diverse world.
  6. Engage the creative process through problem-solving, experimentation, and inspiration to produce original works across multiple genres.
  7. Apply the peer review process to explore and develop original works.
  8. Prepare original works for publication following established conventions.

Career Opportunities

In addition to being well-poised for the publishing and entertainment industries, having a degree in creative writing will provide you with highly marketable communication skills sought after by any number of industries.

Successful completion of this program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this program. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by placement tests and completion of 100-200 level course pre-/corequisites and program prerequisites.
  • Students may be required to successfully complete a College Success Course (CPD150 or CPD/AAA115) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness area requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
MAT141 or
MAT142
College Mathematics or College Mathematics MA 3–4
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Small Group Communication Meets the SB requirement SB 3
CRW150 Introduction to Creative Writing Critical course Gateway course 3
Language Any 101 level Foreign Language 4

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
CS
SQ
Language Any 102 level Foreign Language 4
CRE101 or
Elective
College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or Elective Course If testing out of CRE101, an elective course must be selected to complete 3 credits L 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG200 Reading and Writing About Literature Meets the HU and L requirements HU, L 3
CRW160 or
CRW170
Introduction to Writing Poetry or Introduction to Writing Fiction Critical course 3
ENH190 or
ENH241 or
ENH242 or
ENH255 or
ENH260 or
ENH284 or
ENH285
Introduction to US Ethnic Literature or American Literature Before 1860 or American Literature After 1860 or Contemporary U.S. Literature and Film or Literature of the Southwest or 19th Century Women Writers or Contemporary Women Writers ENH190 (HU, H, C) or ENH241 (HU, L, C) or ENH242 (HU) or ENH255 (HU, L, C) or ENH260 (HU, C) or ENH284 (HU, C) or ENH285 (HU, C) C, H, HU or HU or HU or C, HU, L or C, HU or C, HU 3
SB
Language Any 201 level Foreign Language 4

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CRW160 or
CRW170
Introduction to Writing Poetry or Introduction to Writing Fiction 3
SQ or SG
ENH190 or
ENH241 or
ENH242 or
ENH255 or
ENH260 or
ENH284 or
ENH285
Introduction to US Ethnic Literature or American Literature Before 1860 or American Literature After 1860 or Contemporary U.S. Literature and Film or Literature of the Southwest or 19th Century Women Writers or Contemporary Women Writers ENH190 (HU, H, C) or ENH241 (HU, L, C) or ENH242 (HU) or ENH255 (HU, L, C) or ENH260 (HU, C) or ENH284 (HU, C) or ENH285 (HU, C) C, H, HU or HU or HU or C, HU, L or C, HU or C, HU 3
Language
Elective Elective Course 3

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness area requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
CRW150 Introduction to Creative Writing Critical course Gateway course 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
MAT141 or
MAT142
College Mathematics or College Mathematics MA 3–4

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG200 Reading and Writing About Literature Meets the HU and L requirements HU, L 3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Small Group Communication Meets the SB requirement SB 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CRW160 or
CRW170
Introduction to Writing Poetry or Introduction to Writing Fiction Critical course 3
CS

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SQ
CRE101 or
Elective
College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or Elective Course If testing out of CRE101, an elective course must be selected to complete 3 credits L 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CRW160 or
CRW170
Introduction to Writing Poetry or Introduction to Writing Fiction 3
Language Any 101 level Foreign Language 4

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Language Any 102 level Foreign Language 4
ENH190 or
ENH241 or
ENH242 or
ENH255 or
ENH260 or
ENH284 or
ENH285
Introduction to US Ethnic Literature or American Literature Before 1860 or American Literature After 1860 or Contemporary U.S. Literature and Film or Literature of the Southwest or 19th Century Women Writers or Contemporary Women Writers ENH190 (HU, H, C) or ENH241 (HU, L, C) or ENH242 (HU) or ENH255 (HU, L, C) or ENH260 (HU, C) or ENH284 (HU, C) or ENH285 (HU, C) C, H, HU or HU or HU or C, HU, L or C, HU or C, HU 3

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SB
Language Any 201 level Foreign Language 4

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENH190 or
ENH241 or
ENH242 or
ENH255 or
ENH260 or
ENH284 or
ENH285
Introduction to US Ethnic Literature or American Literature Before 1860 or American Literature After 1860 or Contemporary U.S. Literature and Film or Literature of the Southwest or 19th Century Women Writers or Contemporary Women Writers ENH190 (HU, H, C) or ENH241 (HU, L, C) or ENH242 (HU) or ENH255 (HU, L, C) or ENH260 (HU, C) or ENH284 (HU, C) or ENH285 (HU, C) C, H, HU or HU or HU or C, HU, L or C, HU or C, HU 3
Language

Term 10

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SQ or SG
Elective Elective Course 3

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Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

This Course Sequence is a “shared” program or a program that is offered at multiple Maricopa colleges. The colleges offering the program collaborate on the sequencing of the courses. However, since each college may differ in course scheduling and faculty availability, Course Sequences may vary by college, but should not impact program applicability or transfer.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

All information is administered by the Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation at Maricopa County Community College District and published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.

View MCCCD’s program website for the Associate in Arts in Associate in Arts (https://curriculum.maricopa.edu/sites/default/files/aa1819.pdf).

Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

Catalog Year Effective Dates
2019-2020 Current
2018-2019 5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019