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
66–67
Catalog Year
2018-2019
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:

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

This pathway map can lead to a variety of different occupations and industries. Below is a sampling of some of the possible positions and Arizona-based salaries related to this pathway map. Some of the opportunities presented below may require either a bachelor degree or a post-graduate level education.

Example job titles with salary information
Occupation / Title Annual Median Wage
Computer Occupations, All Other $80,280
Editors $49,020
Interpreters and Translators $38,110
Technical Writers $66,490
Writers and Authors $53,790
Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.

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 should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.
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 Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
16-17
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course 3
MAT141 or
MAT142
College Mathematics or College Mathematics 3–4
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Small Group Communication Meets the SB requirement 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 Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
17
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 3
CS Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications 3
SQ Natural Sciences 4
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 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
16
ENG200 Reading and Writing About Literature Meets the HU and L requirements 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) 3
SB Any approved general education course in the Social-Behavioral Sciences Area 3
Language Any 201 level Foreign Language 4

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
17
CRW160 or
CRW170
Introduction to Writing Poetry or Introduction to Writing Fiction 3
SQ or SG Natural Sciences 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) 3
Language Any 202 level Foreign Language 4
Elective Elective Course 3
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 Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course 3
CRW150 Introduction to Creative Writing Critical course Gateway course 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6-7
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 3
MAT141 or
MAT142
College Mathematics or College Mathematics Course carries MA Value 3–4

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6
ENG200 Reading and Writing About Literature Meets the HU and L requirements 3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Small Group Communication Meets the SB requirement 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6
CRW160 or
CRW170
Introduction to Writing Poetry or Introduction to Writing Fiction Critical course 3
CS Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications 3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7
SQ Natural Sciences 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 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7
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 Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7
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) 3

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7
SB Any approved general education course in the Social-Behavioral Sciences Area 3
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 Credits
7
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) 3
Language Any 202 level Foreign Language 4

Term 10

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 10
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7
SQ or SG Natural Sciences 4
Elective Elective Course 3

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Program Area Key

  • Critical Rdg = Critical Reading
  • FYC = First Year Composition
  • HU = Humanities, Arts and Design
  • Mathematics = Mathematics
  • NS = Natural Science
  • Oral Comm = Oral Communication
  • PP = Program Prerequisite
  • SB = Social-Behavioral Sciences
  • RC = Required Courses
  • RE = Restricted Electives

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).

* Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.