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Associate in Arts, Emphasis in English (Creative Writing)

The Associate in Arts (AA), Emphasis in English (Creative Writing) program is designed to prepare students for transfer to a university bachelor`s degree program. It also provides them with access to a community of writers and creative writing activities, instruction and guidance from established authors, and ongoing support in improving their writing skills and marketing their work. The program offers classes, workshops, and other activities such as readings and contests, which are accessible to writers of all levels regardless of academic or professional standing. The program aims to serve a diverse community who may be underrepresented in traditional creative writing programs.

Details

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Field of Interest
Culture and Society
Type
Associate Degree
Associate in Arts, Emphasis in English (Creative Writing) (DEG)
Total Credits Required
60-64
Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.
Effective term
Fall 2021
Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in each course in the program.

What You'll Learn
  • Analyze the aesthetic values and literary styles of diverse eras and cultures. (CRW150, CRW160, CRW170, CRW270, CRW271, ENG200, ENH190, ENH241, ENH242, ENH255, ENH259, ENH260, ARB+++, ASL+++, CHI+++, FRE+++, GER+++, ITA+++, JPN+++, SPA+++, [HU], [SB], (CRE))
  • Examine the technical elements of literature across multiple genres. (CRW150, CRW160, CRW170, CRW270, CRW271, ENG200, ENH190, ENH241, ENH242, ENH255, ENH259, ENH260, (CRE))
  • Interpret the effects of technical craft elements in published literary works. (CRW150, CRW160, CRW170, CRW270, CRW271, ENG200, ENH190, ENH241, ENH242, ENH255, ENH259, ENH260, (CRE))
  • Explore the dynamic relationships among people, culture, and the physical world. (CRW150, CRW160, CRW170, CRW270, CRW271, ENG200, ENH190, ENH241, ENH242, ENH255, ENH259, ENH260, ARB+++, ASL+++, CHI+++, FRE+++, GER+++, ITA+++, JPN+++, SPA+++, (COM), [FYC], [HU], [SB], [SG], [SQ])
  • Demonstrate social responsibility and ethical behavior toward the creation of original works in a culturally diverse world. (CRW150, CRW160, CRW170, CRW270, CRW271, ENG200, ENH190, ENH241, ENH242, ENH255, ENH259, ENH260, (COM), [CS], [FYC], [HU])
  • Engage the creative process through problem-solving, experimentation, and inspiration to produce original works across multiple genres. (CRW150, CRW160, CRW170, CRW270, CRW271, ENG200, ARB+++, ASL+++, CHI+++, FRE+++, GER+++, ITA+++, JPN+++, SPA+++, (COM), [MA], [SB], [SG], [SQ])
  • Apply the peer review workshop process to explore, develop, and revise original writing. (CRW150, CRW160, CRW170, CRW270, CRW271, (COM), [FYC])
  • Prepare original works for publication following established conventions. (CRW150, CRW160, CRW170, CRW270, CRW271, [CS], [FYC])
Career Opportunities
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:12-32
CRW150Introduction to Creative Writing3
CRW160Introduction to Writing Poetry3
CRW170Introduction to Writing Fiction3
ENG200Reading and Writing About Literature3
Note: ENG200 may be used to satisfy an AGEC requirement simultaneously.
Foreign Language Credits:0-20
Complete a language course at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment.
ARB+++ Any ARB Arabic course(s)
ASL+++ Any ASL American Sign Language course(s)
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course(s)
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course(s)
Course Sequence by Term
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:3-6
Complete requirements in the transfer option that best aligns with your academic and professional goals. If your intended transfer institution is not listed, then select a combination of courses from the transfer options listed in order to meet the minimum credits required in the Restricted Electives section. Consult with an academic, faculty, or program advisor to prevent exceeding your university transfer program`s maximum transferable credits (typically 64).
Transfer Plan 1: Arizona State University (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences), English (Creative Writing), Bachelor of Arts
Select two (2) of the following American Literature courses for a total of six (6) credits. These courses may be used to fulfill any outstanding AGEC requirements simultaneously.
ENH190Introduction to US Ethnic Literature3
ENH241American Literature Before 18603
ENH242American Literature After 18603
ENH255Contemporary U.S. Literature and Film3
ENH259American Indian Literature3
ENH260Literature of the Southwest3
Transfer Plan 2: Northern Arizona University, English (Creative Writing Emphasis), Bachelor of Arts
CRW270Intermediate Fiction Writing (3) OR
CRW271Topics in Writing: Fiction (3)3
Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC)
AGEC-ACredits: 26-44
A single course with an [L], [HU], [SB], [SG], or [SQ] designation may also be used to satisfy the Oral Communication, Critical Reading, and/or Awareness Area ([C], [G] and/or [H]) requirement(s). See the AGEC matrix on aztransfer.com for course designations.
 
First-Year Composition [FYC]Credits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
 
Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L]Credits: 0-3
Any approved general education course in the Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L] area.3
May be met by ENG200 in the Required Courses area
 
Mathematics [MA]Credits: 3-6
MAT140College Mathematics (5) OR
MAT141College Mathematics (4) OR
MAT142College Mathematics (3) OR
MAT145College Mathematics with Review (5) OR
MAT146College Mathematics with Review (6) OR
Higher approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area (3-6)3-6
 
Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS]Credits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS] area.3
 
Humanities, Arts and Design [HU]Credits: 0-6
Any approved general education courses in the Humanities, Arts and Design [HU] area.6
May be met by ENH190, ENH241, ENH242, ENH255, ENH259, and ENH260 in the Restricted Electives area or ENG200 in the Required Courses area if not used to meet [L].
 
Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB]Credits: 6
Any approved general education courses in the Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB] area.6
 
Natural Sciences [SG]/[SQ]Credits: 8
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area (4) AND
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area or the Natural Sciences (General) [SG] area (4).8
 
Awareness AreasCredits: 0-6
These requirements may be shared with other AGEC requirements. See the AGEC matrix on aztransfer.com for course designations.
 
Cultural Diversity in the US [C]Credits: 0-3
0-3
 
Historical/Global Awareness [H]/[G]Credits: 0-3
Any approved general education course with the Historical [H] or Global [G] awareness area designation.0-3
 
MCCCD Additional Requirements
MCCCD Additional RequirementsCredits: 0-6
Some courses in this area have [SB] and [L] designations and may also be applied to the corresponding AGEC requirements. See the AGEC matrix on aztransfer.com for course designations.
 
Oral CommunicationCredits: 0-3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)3
 
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment (0)0-3
Course Area Key
General Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Select additional courses 100-level or higher to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits but no more than a total of 64 semester credits. Consult with a faculty advisor, program director, and/or academic advisor to identify coursework that best aligns with academic and professional goals.

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