Undergraduate Certificate in Creative Writing

Tap into the basic human desire to tell stories—to learn about the experiences of others while sharing your own. Learn how to use language to express your unique ideas, opinions, and perspectives through poetry and prose. Study what makes writing successful and use those tools to craft your own original work.

Explore how to think critically both on and off the page, questioning assumptions, engaging in dialogue, and coming to—and sharing—your own original conclusions in language that lingers and resonates.

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Certificate Information

15 Credit Hours
Minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0

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  • All courses and prerequisites fulfilling the requirements for minors or certificates in English must be completed with a grade of C or higher.
  • The overall GPA for any English minor or certificate must be 3.0.
  • English majors may count no more than two online and/or correspondence courses toward the minor or certificate. Students may request departmental consent for an exception.


Fifteen (15) credit hours including:

Core Requirements

  • ENG-W 203 - Creative Writing
  • ENG-L 371 - Literary Interpretation

Choose 2 of the following courses

  • ENG-W 301 - Fiction
  • ENG-W 303 - Poetry
  • ENG-W 311 - Creative Nonfiction

Complete one additional elective course

  • ENG-L varies - Take one additional 300-level Literature course (ENG-L 351, ENG-L 352 and ENG-L 354 may not be used to satisfy this requirement.)


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When time and money are a major concern, certificates allow recipients to gain skills in their field of choice in a relatively short period of time, usually less than a year, and for a price that won’t break the bank.

Many of IU Southeast’s certificate programs are stackable – meaning that you can use the credit hours earned for your certificate toward an associate or bachelor degree program.

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