Creative Writing Certificate

This certificate is designed for students who are committed to their writing and is ideal for those who are planning to apply to a B.A. or M.F.A. writing program in the future or for those who simply wish to develop a portfolio of writing. Students must earn a C or better in all certificate coursework.

Pre-requisite Courses: 3 credits

Core Courses: 6 credits

Literature Courses: 6 credits

(Choose 6 credits from the following:)

Creative Writing Courses: 9 credits

Choose 9 credits from the following:

Total Credits: 24

Suggested Course Sequence Full-time Students:

Students who for any reason are unable to follow the suggested course sequence should contact an academic advisor for help with adjustments.

Summer 1

Fall 2

Spring 2

  • Literature Course
  • Creative Writing Courses

Suggested Course Sequence Part-time Students:

Summer 1

Fall 2

Spring 2

  • Creative Writing Courses
  • Literature Course 

Fall 3

  • Creative Writing Courses
  • Literature Course 

Spring 3

  • Creative Writing Courses 

ENGL-050 English Skills

Helps students build competence in sentence mechanics, grammar, and usage through active learning. May be taken either with a companion English course or on its own. Offered: Fall, Spring

ENGL-095 Basic Writing Workshop

Helps students improve writing and reading skills. Introduces students to college culture, including academic literacy, campus resources, computer skills, and college success strategies. Prerequisites: ENGL-050 or appropriate English Accuplacer score.

Placement into College Level Reading. Corequisites: LRNS 111 – may be taken as a Prerequisite. Offered: All

ENGL-098 Basic Technical Composition

Introduces communication skills useful for practical, informative writing in academic, technical, and workplace settings. Designed for technicians in certificate and A.A.S. fields. Prerequisites: ENGL 050 or appropriate English Accuplacer score.

Placement into College Level Reading (RDNG 050P) Corequisites: LRNS 111  Offered: Fall, Spring

ENGL-099 Basic Composition

Improves students’ academic and personal communication skills in preparation for college-level writing courses. Emphasizes academic literacy skills in college reading, writing, and basic use of sources. Prerequisites: ENGL-095 and RDNG-096 or appropriate English and Reading Accuplacer scores. Corequisites: LRNS 111 – may also be taken as Prerequisite Offered: All

ENGL-111 Freshman Composition

Emphasizes academic writing, intertextuality, and analysis of rhetorical situation through writing workshop and thematic readings. [NM Common Course Number ENGL 1113, Area I; Communications] Prerequisites: ENGL-099 and (RDNG 095 OR RDNG-096) or appropriate English and Reading Accuplacer scores. Offered: All

ENGL-118 Technical Composition

Emphasizes workplace communication including letters, memos, reports, instructions, and job application materials. Designed for technicians in certificate and AAS fields. Prerequisites: ENGL 095 or ENGL 098 or appropriate English Accuplacer score. Offered: All

ENGL-125 Introduction to Creative Writing

Introduces four genres of creative writing: creative non-fiction, fiction, poetry and drama. Students will write in each genre, learning and practicing the elements of the craft. Each student’s own voice and style will be encouraged with direction and techniques for more effective writing. Prerequisites: ENGL-111 or higher. Offered: Fall

ENGL-130 Editing and Style for Writers

Examines the elements of good creative writing and the methodologies of evaluating and editing students’ own writing and that of others. Includes style and usage, diction and sentence variety, imagery, and figurative language, and how to write concisely and with expression. Prerequisites: ENGL-111 or obtain permission of instructor. Offered: Fall

ENGL-140 Exploring Literature

Introduces students to fiction, poetry, drama, and creative nonfiction. In addition to learning basic literary terms and conventions, students examine ideas, themes, and perspectives from literature. [NM Common Course Number ENGL 2213, Area V; Humanities & Fine Arts] Prerequisites: ENGL-111 and (RDNG-099 OR RDNG-113). Offered: Fall, Spring

ENGL-211 Advanced Composition

Develops rhetorical and expository writing skills. Explores a variety of forms and styles with emphasis on argument and academic research. [NM Common Course Number ENGL 1123, Area I; Communications] Prerequisites: ENGL-111 and (RDNG-099 OR RDNG-113). Offered: All

ENGL-218 Advanced Technical Composition

Emphasizes theory and application of workplace communication, including design principles, graphics, collaborative writing, research process, and source incorporation into a variety of documents such as letter, memos, reports, instructions, definitions, and proposals. [NM Common Course Number ENGL 2113, Area I; Communications] Prerequisites: ENGL-118 or ENGL-111 and (RDNG-099 OR RDNG-113). Offered: All

ENGL-221 Creative Writing: Fiction

Introduces the techniques and practice of contemporary fiction including novels and short stories. Students write and share original stories in a workshop setting. Prerequisites: ENGL-111 or obtain permission of instructor. Offered: Spring

ENGL-222 Creative Writing: Poetry

Introduces the elements of poetry writing. Students read and discuss poetry, as well as experiment with their own writing and share their original poetry in a workshop setting. Prerequisites: ENGL-111 or obtain permission of the instructor. Offered: Spring

ENGL-223 Creative Writing: Creative Nonfiction

Explores the elements, genres, and styles of creative nonfiction and the requisite attributes of creative nonfiction writers–literary voice, personal interaction with subject, openness to experience, among others. Students experiment with forms such as memoir, travel, nature, personal essay, social commentary, and more. Prerequisites: ENGL-111 or obtain permission of instructor. Offered: Spring

ENGL-230 Southwest Literature

Explores fiction, poetry, biography, and other works by Anglos, Native Americans, and Hispanics. Increases students’ understanding of the Southwest and its relations to the broader American culture. [NM Common Course Number 2713, Area V; Humanities] Prerequisites: ENGL-111 or obtain permission of instructor. Offered: On Demand

ENGL-235 Women’s Literature

Surveys women writers from the English-speaking tradition. Includes various genres that represent the diversity of women’s experiences. Prerequisites: ENGL-111 or obtain permission of instructor.
Offered: Fall – Even Year

ENGL-245 Native American Literature

Introduces students to historical and contemporary works by Native American writers. Examines themes relevant to cultural identity. [NM Common Course Number 2733, Area V; Humanities]. Prerequisites: ENGL-111 or obtain permission of instructor.
Offered: Spring – Even Year

ENGL-250 Teaching Writing

Introduces methods of teaching the writing workshop and the principles of writing to learn. Includes practical as well as theoretical material applicable for teachers at any level. Students develop their own practices and philosophies of teaching writing. Prerequisites: ENGL-111 or obtain permission of instructor.
Offered: Spring

ENGL-251 American Literature to 1865

Surveys major literary works from pre-colonial times to 1865. [NM Common Course Number 2513, Area V; Humanities]. Prerequisites: ENGL-111 or obtain permission of instructor.
Offered: Fall

ENGL-252 American Literature From 1865 to Present

Surveys major literary works from 1865 to the present. [NM Common Course Number 2523, Area V; Humanities] Prerequisites: ENGL-111 or obtain permission of instructor.
Offered: Spring

ENGL-261 Survey of World Literature I

Surveys world literature from antiquity through the Renaissance. [NM Common Course Number 2613, Area V; Humanities]. Prerequisites: ENGL-111 or obtain permission of instructor.
Offered: Fall

ENGL-262 Survey of World Literature II

Examines world literature from the Renaissance to the modern world. [NM Common Course Number 2623, Area V; Humanities]. Prerequisites: ENGL-111 or obtain permission of instructor.
Offered: Spring

ENGL-271 Intro to Study of Language

Introduces the study of linguistics including the basic structure of language, first and second language acquisition, bilingualism, and social and regional variation. Explores linguistics issues with emphasis on their educational implications. Also listed as ANTH 271  Prerequisites: ENGL 111 or obtain permission of instructor
Offered: Fall, Spring

ENGL-272 Traditional English Grammar

Examines the form and function of words and the structure of sentences in the English language, through analysis and diagramming, with applications for teachers and writers. Prerequisites: ENGL-111 or obtain permission of instructor.
Offered: Fall – Odd Year

ENGL-280 Advanced Creative Writing by Genre

Provides continued exploration and development for writers with experiences in a given genre and emphasizes the practice and techniques of published writers. Prerequisites: ENGL-221 or ENGL-222, depending on the genre. Minimum grade required: “C”. ENGL-125 is strongly recommended.
Offered: On Demand