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2018-2019 Cal State East Bay Catalog 
2018-2019 Cal State East Bay Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English, B.A.: Creative Writing Concentration

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English, B.A. Program (120 units)

Program Description

The university offers the B.A. degree in English with three distinct concentrations: literature, creative writing, and English language and literacies.  The student seeking a degree must observe the general university requirements stated elsewhere in this catalog as well as the specific departmental requirements stated here.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with a B.A. in English from Cal State East Bay will be able to:
  • analyze and interpret literary genres represented by a range of texts;
  • write in clear and cogent prose;
  • demonstrate knowledge of key English language texts, including multicultural works;
  • use critical theory to examine literary texts;
  • conduct research relevant to the discipline of English studies and analyze connections among literary works and social issues.

Career Opportunities

Advertising Copy Writer • Author/Critic • Bookstore Manager • Continuity Writer • Corporate Communications Director • Foreign Service Office • Freelance Journalist/Writer • Greeting Card Editor/Writer • Lawyer • Librarian • Media Specialist • Newspaper Reporter • Public Information Officer • Publication Editor • Publicity Director • Publishing Agent • Radio/TV Agent • Script Writer • Teacher/Professor • Writer

Degree Requirements

  • The B.A. degree requires a total of 120 units.
    • The major consists of 52 units (students must complete with a grade point average of 3.0 or better);
    • General Education (GE) & Graduation Requirements (GR) consists of 57 units;
    • Free electives may consist of 11 units (actual number of free elective units may depend on GE/GR units). 

Note: It may be possible to double count units within the graduation requirement. It may also be possible that a course satisfies both a graduation requirement and a major requirement. Students should contact their program and AACE advisors for information.

English Major Requirements (52 units)

Lower Division Core

The following 12 units are required:

Upper-Division Core

The following 12 units are required:


The Department of English offers three concentrations for degree candidates. Students must choose one (1) of the following concentrations for 24 units as a major requirement:

Senior Capstone Requirement

The following senior capstone for 4 units is required to complete the major:

Creative Writing Concentration

English majors with a concentration in creative writing must complete six (6) additional courses for 24 units as described below:

Other Undergraduate Degree Requirements

In addition to major requirements, every student must also complete the University’s baccalaureate requirements for graduation, which are described in the Requirements, Exams & Testing  chapter of this catalog. 

Department Courses Listed by Course Type

English Courses

Department of English

Go to information for this department.


English: American/Global Literature

English: American Literature

English: British Literature

English: Education

English: Film

English: Foundation

English: Global Literature

English: Graduate

English: Language/Grammar

English: Literary Theory

English: Rhetoric and Composition

English: World Literature

English: Writing Workshop


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