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Creative Writing Emphasis

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The Associate of Arts (AA) degree program with Creative Writing emphasis
is intended to constitute the first two years of a baccalaureate degree program. In addition to lower division introductory coursework in creative writing, the 40 credit Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) is completed within the degree to facilitate easy transfer. For assistance in program planning or to explore additional transfer options, students should schedule a time to meet with an academic advisor. This degree may transfer in part or in its entirety to baccalaureate institutions. Students should meet with a representative of the transfer institution when planning their program.

Developmental Courses

Some students may need preparatory courses in the areas of English, mathematics, or reading. Courses numbered below 1000 will not apply toward this degree.

  • By completing this program, students will achieve the following learning goals:

    1. Develop writers and speakers who use the English language eff ectively and who read, write, speak, and listen critically
    2. Develop thinkers who are able to unify factual, creative, rational, and value-sensitive modes of thought
    3. Improve students’ understanding of natural science principles and of the methods of scientific inquiry, i.e., the ways in which scientists investigate natural science phenomena
    4. Increase students’ knowledge about mathematical and logical modes of thinking
    5. Increase students’ knowledge of how historians and social and behavioral scientists discover, describe, and explain the behaviors and interactions among individuals, groups, institutions, events, and ideas
    6. Expand students’ knowledge of the human condition and human cultures, especially in relation to behavior, ideas, and values expressed in works of human imagination and thought
    7. Increase students’ understanding of individual and group differences (e.g. race, gender, class) and their knowledge of the traditions and values of various groups in the United States
    8. Increase students’ understanding of the growing interdependence of nations and people and develop their ability to apply a comparative perspective to cross-cultural social, economic, and political experiences
    9. Develop students’ capacity to identify, discuss, and reflect upon the ethical dimensions of political, social, and personal life and to understand the ways in which they can exercise responsible and productive citizenship
    10. Improve students’ understanding of today’s complex environmental challenges
    11. Improve students’ awareness and understanding of issues related to personal wellness
    • A minimum of 60 semester credits in courses numbered 1000 or above.
    • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in courses numbered 1000 or above at ARCC.
    • Satisfy residency requirements.
    • Completion of specific degree requirements.
    • To receive your diploma, you must apply to graduate.
    • The requirements of this program are subject to change without notice.

    NOTE: You are encouraged to contact an academic advisor at 763-433-1230 for course planning assistance and information about transfer credit evaluation and transfer options.

  • 17 credits

    ENGL 2241* Introduction to Creative Writing 3
    Choose two of the following four courses (6 credits):
    ENGL 2220 British Literature to 1800 3
    ENGL 2225 British Literature since 1800 3
    ENGL 2230 American Literature to 1865 3
    ENGL 2235 American Literature since 1865 3
    Choose two of the following four courses (6 credits):
    ENGL 2261* Creative Nonfiction Writing 3
    ENGL 2262* Poetry Writing 3
    ENGL 2263* Fiction Writing 3
    This requirement may be met by taking college-level coursework appropriate to the student’s transfer program. 2
    *Course has prerequisite - see course schedule or catalog description.
  • 40 CREDITS

    Distribution requirements are satisfied through completion of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) listed below. These criteria must be met to complete the MnTC:

    1. All ten goals listed below must be completed.
    2. A total of at least 40 semester credits from courses listed in the MnTC must be satisfactorily completed. One course may satisfy more than one goal, but the course credits may be counted only once.
    3. A 2.0 MnTC GPA is required for recognition of a student’s completion of the entire Minnesota Transfer Curriculum, with or without completing an associate degree.
    4. Students completing the AA with Creative Writing Emphasis are also required to complete the selected MnTC courses listed below.
    1.  Communication
    (two courses required; one for A and one from B)
      A. ENGL 1120* OR 1121* 4
      B. CMST 1110 OR CMST 2215 OR CMST 2220 3
    2.  Critical Thinking (three courses required)
    3.  Natural Science (one must include a lab)
      A. One Physical Science course required  
      B. One Biological Science course required  
    4.  Mathematical/Logical Reasoning (one course required)
    5.  History/Social/Behavioral Sciences
    (two courses required; one from each of two categories)
      A. Economics/Geography  
      B. Anthropology/Psychology/Sociology  
      C. History/Political Science  
    6.  Humanities/Fine Art 
    (two courses required; one from A and one from B or C
      A. Literature  
      ENGL 2202 is required 3
      B. Humanities/Philosophy  
      C. Art/Music/Theatre  
    7.  Human Diversity (at least one course)
    8.  Global Perspective (at least one course)
    9.  Ethical/Civic Responsibility (at least one course)
    10.  People and the Environment (at least one course)
    *Course has prerequisite - see course schedule or catalog description.
  • 3 credits

    Select any HPER course(s) totaling at least 3 credits.
  • *Some occupations may require advanced education

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    • Biographer
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    • Communications Manager
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    • Content Writer
    • Copywriter
    • Creative Writer
    • Digital Writer/Editor
    • Editor
    • Events Coordinator
    • Freelance Writer
    • Grant Writer
    • Greeting Card Writer
    • High School Teacher
    • Journalist
    • Librarian Video
    • Magazine Writer
    • Manuscript Reader
    • Marketing director
    • Novelist
    • Playwright
    • Proofreader
    • Publisher
    • Radio/TV Commentator
    • Scriptwriter/Producer
    • Speech Writer
    • Technical Writer
    • University & College Professor

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