Creative and Publishable Writing, Associate in Arts

College(s):

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Program Code: 0210

Pathway

Passionate about creative writing? Ever considered a career in writing and/or publishing? The Creative & Publishable Writing (CPW) Pathway is a program concentration within the Associate of Arts degree that seeks to expose learners to a variety of creative writing genres, including fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. This CPW Pathway offers an interdisciplinary approach to creative expression and provides excellent preparation for a job in the publishing industry or a degree in creative writing. It will also serve those interested in transferring to baccalaureate institutions with undergraduate major and/or minor programs in Creative Writing. The CPW Pathway offers many benefits, such as discovering your voice through artistic expression, participating in a writers' community, and gaining experience designing, editing, and publishing. Also, this program can extend beyond creative writing as well. Writing intensive fields such as law, business, and marketing are always looking for people who can “show, not tell” a story through writing. The goal of the program is not to just create creative writers, but creative people. 

This is an example course sequence for students interested in pursuing Creative and Publishable Writing. This does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If this pathway is followed as outlined, you will earn an AA degree. One course will satisfy the Human Diversity (HD) requirement, and is labeled with an (HD) in the sequence below. Following this pathway will help you get your associate degree, which will increase your chances of transfer to Bachelor’s-level programs of study. Choose Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) courses to fulfill general education requirements whenever possible. Visit www.itransfer.org and speak with your college advisor to learn more about IAI.

Semester-by-Semester Program Plan for Full-Time Students

All plans can be modified to fit the needs of part-time students by adding more semesters.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
ENGLISH 101 Composition 1 3
SPEECH 101 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 1 3
Any pathway elective in LIT 1,2 3
General Education Mathematics Course 1 4
Select one of the following: 2 3
Creative Writing
Creative Writing--Fiction
Creative Writing, Poetry
Creative Writing, Non-Fiction
 Hours16
Semester 2
ENGLISH 102 Composition 1 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences Course 1 3
Physical Sciences Course 1 3
Any pathway elective in ENGLISH 1,2 3
Select one of the following: 2 3
Creative Writing
Creative Writing--Fiction
Creative Writing, Poetry
Creative Writing, Non-Fiction
 Hours15
Semester 3
Any pathway elective in LIT (HD) 1,2 3
Life Sciences course (with lab) 1 4
Social and Behavioral Sciences course 1 3
Select one of the following: 2 3
Creative Writing
Creative Writing--Fiction
Creative Writing, Poetry
Creative Writing, Non-Fiction
Elective 3
 Hours16
Semester 4
Fine Arts Course 1 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences course 1 3
Select one of the following: 2 3
Creative Writing
Creative Writing--Fiction
Creative Writing, Poetry
Creative Writing, Non-Fiction
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Hours15
 Total Hours62
1

General Education Requirement

2

Pathway Elective

Pathway Electives

ENGLISH 105Business Writing3
ENGLISH 107Report Writing1-3
ENGLISH 150College Newspaper1
ENGLISH 151News Reporting And Writing3
ENGLISH 152Intro To Mass Communication3
ENGLISH 207Writing the Screenplay3
LIT 110Introduction To Literature3
LIT 111Poetry3
LIT 112Drama3
LIT 113Fiction3
LIT 114Ideas In Prose3
LIT 115Great Books Seminar/Topics Literature3
LIT 116American Literature from Colonial Days to Civil War3
LIT 117American Literature from the Civil War to the 20th Century3
LIT 118English Literature from its Beginnings to the Age of Johnson3
LIT 119English Literature from the Romantic Revival to the 20th Century3
LIT 120Contemporary British & American Literature3
LIT 121Contemporary African American Literature (HD)3
LIT 122Perspectives in Black Literature (HD)3
LIT 123Literature of the U.S. from the Civil War to the Present3
LIT 124Experimental Literature3
LIT 125Psychology in Black Literature (HD)3
LIT 126Contemporary American Literature3
LIT 127Contemporary British Literature3
LIT 128Latin American Literature (HD)3
LIT 129U.S. Latino (a) Literature (HD)3
LIT 130Children's Literature3
LIT 131Survey Of Afro-American Poetry (HD)3
LIT 132Native American Literature (HD)3
LIT 133African American Fiction (HD)3
LIT 137The Black Woman In Black Fiction (HD)3
LIT 150Women's Literature (HD)3
LIT 153Gay and Lesbian Literature (HD)3
LIT 155Literature and Film3
LIT 156Creative Non-fiction3
LIT 157Graphic Novels3
LIT 211Shakespeare3
LIT 220World Literature3
LIT 223Intro To Literary Genres3
LIT 299Science Fiction: Psychology & Prophecy3