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Associate in Arts, Emphasis in English (Creative Writing)

The Associate in Arts (AA), Emphasis in English (Creative Writing) program is designed to prepare students for transfer to a university bachelor`s degree program. It also provides them with access to a community of writers and creative writing activities, instruction and guidance from established authors, and ongoing support in improving their writing skills and marketing their work. The program offers classes, workshops, and other activities such as readings and contests, which are accessible to writers of all levels regardless of academic or professional standing. The program aims to serve a diverse community who may be underrepresented in traditional creative writing programs.

Details

Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Associate Degree / University Transfer
Academic Plan
Associate in Arts (AA)
Academic Plan Code
8118
Total Credits Required
60-65
Catalog Year
2020-2021
What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Analyze the aesthetic values and literary styles of diverse eras and cultures.
  2. Examine the technical elements of literature across multiple genres.
  3. Interpret the effects of technical craft elements in published literary works.
  4. Explore the dynamic relationships among people, culture, and the physical world.
  5. Demonstrate social responsibility and ethical behavior toward the creation of original works in a culturally diverse world.
  6. Engage the creative process through problem-solving, experimentation, and inspiration to produce original works across multiple genres.
  7. Apply the peer review workshop process to explore, develop, and revise original writing.
  8. Prepare original works for publication following established conventions.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary

$60,790

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.

Pathway Map Options

There are multiple options available for this pathway map. These options vary depending on the locations, partners, and available tracks of the program.

These pathway map options may share some common coursework. To explore what additional coursework may be required, select your desired option from the list below. Once selected, the list of courses and any associated details will be automatically updated.

Additional courses that are specific to your selected option will be highlighted with a blue border. Depending on your selected option, the blue bordered courses may replace the gray bordered courses found in the other options.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CRW150 Introduction to Creative Writing Critical course Gateway course 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
MAT14+ College Mathematics OR Any approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area MA 3–6
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3
Second Language Second Language Requirement, 101 Level If proficient at this level, see your program advisor to select an elective. Related Area Course recommended. 3–5

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG200 Reading and Writing About Literature Critical course ENG200 may be used to satisfy an AGEC requirement (either [HU] OR [L]) HU, L 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0–3
CS Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Application CS 3
L Literacy & Critical Inquiry May be met by ENG200 in Required Courses unless used to meet [HU] L 0–3
Second Language Second Language Requirement, 102 Level If proficient at this level, see your program advisor to select an elective. Related Area Course recommended. 3–5

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CRW160 or
CRW170
Introduction to Writing Poetry or Introduction to Writing Fiction Critical course 3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Small Group Communication SB 0–3
SB Social & Behavioral Sciences SB 3
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design May be met by May be met by ENH190, ENH241, ENH242, ENH255, ENH260, ENH/WST284, ENH/WST285, or English Elective in Restricted Electives or ENG200 in Required Courses unless used to meet [L] HU 0–3
SQ Natural Sciences Quantitative SQ 4
Transfer Option Transfer Option 3
Second Language Second Language Requirement, 201 Level If proficient at this level, see your program advisor to select an elective. Related Area Course recommended. 3–5

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CRW160 or
CRW170
Introduction to Writing Poetry or Introduction to Writing Fiction Critical course 3
SG or
SQ
Natural Sciences General or Natural Sciences Quantitative SG or SQ 4
SB Social & Behavioral Sciences SB 3
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design May be met by May be met by ENH190, ENH241, ENH242, ENH255, ENH260, ENH/WST284, ENH/WST285, or English Elective in Restricted Electives or ENG200 in Required Courses unless used to meet [L] HU 0–3
Transfer Option Transfer Option 3
Second Language Second Language Requirement, 202 Level If proficient at this level, see your program advisor to select an elective. Related Area Course recommended. 3–5

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CRW150 Introduction to Creative Writing Critical course Gateway course 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MAT14+ College Mathematics OR Any approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area MA 3–6
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG200 Reading and Writing About Literature Critical course ENG200 may be used to satisfy an AGEC requirement (either [HU] OR [L]) HU, L 3
L Literacy & Critical Inquiry May be met by ENG200 in Required Courses unless used to meet [HU] L 0–3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Small Group Communication SB 0–3
SB Social & Behavioral Sciences SB 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CS Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Application CS 3
CRW160 or
CRW170
Introduction to Writing Poetry or Introduction to Writing Fiction Critical course 3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0–3
SQ Natural Sciences Quantitative SQ 4
SB Social & Behavioral Sciences SB 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Second Language Second Language Requirement, 101 Level If proficient at this level, see your program advisor to select an elective. Related Area Course recommended. 3–5
CRW160 or
CRW170
Introduction to Writing Poetry or Introduction to Writing Fiction Critical course 3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Second Language Second Language Requirement, 102 Level If proficient at this level, see your program advisor to select an elective. Related Area Course recommended. 3–5
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design May be met by May be met by ENH190, ENH241, ENH242, ENH255, ENH260, ENH/WST284, ENH/WST285, or English Elective in Restricted Electives or ENG200 in Required Courses unless used to meet [L] HU 0–3
Transfer Option Transfer Option 3

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Second Language Second Language Requirement, 201 Level If proficient at this level, see your program advisor to select an elective. Related Area Course recommended. 3–5
SG or
SQ
Natural Sciences General or Natural Sciences Quantitative SG or SQ 4

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design May be met by May be met by ENH190, ENH241, ENH242, ENH255, ENH260, ENH/WST284, ENH/WST285, or English Elective in Restricted Electives or ENG200 in Required Courses unless used to meet [L] HU 0–3
Transfer Option Transfer Option 3
Second Language Second Language Requirement, 202 Level If proficient at this level, see your program advisor to select an elective. Related Area Course recommended. 3–5

Pathway Map Option Details

No pathway map option has been selected. Please select from the pathway map options listed above.

Program Area Key
Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s program website for the Associate in Arts in Associate in Arts, Emphasis in English (Creative Writing) (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm10?id=141059).

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.