The Writing Minor allows students to practice the craft of writing in various forms and genres. In the minor, students will participate in a broad range of workshop-based courses, including poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, journalism, legal writing and business writing. Some courses will focus on creating original, artistic work, and others will be geared toward preparing students for careers involving professional writing or for graduate study.

In the creative writing courses, students will master narrative forms and learn how to structure their own experiences into resonant fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry. In the journalism courses, students will learn how to gather appropriate information, ask pertinent questions and write hard news articles and features. In the academic and professional writing courses, students will practice original research, argumentation and advanced rhetorical strategies.

All courses will be conducted as workshops, so students will regularly present their writing for close review and critique by their professors and peers. This emphasis on close reading, as well as on writing, will strengthen their critical abilities. The Writing Minor will allow students to hone their writing skills and to find their own unique voices as they learn to negotiate the demands of specific audiences and genres.

Minor advisor: Professor Adam Berlin, Department of English (212-237-8564, aberlin@jjay.cuny.edu)

Admission to the minor: Completion of English 201 with a minimum grade of C+, or permission of the Writing Minor Advisor.

Requirements: Students must complete eighteen credits (6 courses) in writing. Students may apply one 3-credit literature elective in satisfying the eighteen credits.


Required                               Subtotal: 6 credits

English 218 The Writing Workshop

Choose one 300-level seminar course

English 3XX Advanced Poetry Writing
English 3XX Advanced Fiction Writing
English 316 Advanced Writing and Response: Theory and Practice (ENG 255 is a prerequisite for this course)

Writing Electives                   Subtotal: 12 credits

(The following list is illustrative and not exhaustive. Students should consult the current course schedule for offerings in English [ENG])

English 215 Introduction to Poetry Writing
English 216 Introduction to Fiction Writing
English 233 Journalism
English 235 Writing for Management and Business Administration
English 245 Advanced Expository Writing
English 250 Writing for Legal Studies
English 255 Argument Writing (Note: Students must have received at least a B+ or higher in English 101 and 201 to take this course)
English 2XX Beat Reporting
English 316 Advanced Writing and Response: Theory and Practice (Prerequisite: English 255)
English 3XX Advanced Poetry Writing
English 3XX Advanced Fiction Writing


Total credits: 18