Bachelor of Arts in English: Concentration in Creative Writing – ENGL Associate Degree for Transfer Roadmap

This is a sample pathway for students who transfer to San Francisco State University in the current Bulletin year with an AA-T in English. Up to 3 units in the major and all lower-division GE requirements have been satisfied. Check with a major advisor about the most appropriate course sequence. Degree completion guaranteed in 60 units; see the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) section for more information.

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
C W 301 Fundamentals of Creative Writing (Major Fundamentals) 3
C W 302 Fundamentals of Creative Reading (Major Fundamentals) 3
Theory and Language Studies – Select One 1 3
U.S. and California Government 3
or University Elective if US/CA Government met before transfer
University Elective 3
Second Semester
Select One: 3
Craft of Poetry - GWAR  
Craft of Fiction - GWAR  
Craft of Playwriting - GWAR  
Literature Course (9 units) – Take Two 2 6
GE Area UD-B: Upper-Division Physical and/or Life Sciences 3
US History 3
or University Elective if US History met before transfer
Third Semester
Literature Course (9 units) - Take One 2 3
Creative Process Area and/or Workshop Area (15 units) – Take Two 3 6
Writing from the American Experience or Global Literatures in English 4 3
GE Area UD-C: Upper-Division Arts and/or Humanities 3
Fourth Semester
Select One (Major Creative Process/Workshop): 3
The Creative Process  
Special Topics in Writing  
C W 601 Work in Progress (Major Capstone) 3
Creative Process Area and/or Workshop Area (15 units) – Take Two 3 6
GE Area UD-D: Upper-Division Social Sciences 3
 Total Units60

To Do at SF State:

Enough total units to reach 120 minimum for graduation; 30 units minimum at the upper-division level; to include the following:

University-Wide Requirements: 9-15 Units

  • GE Area A2 (0 units): satisfied via completion of English AA-T.
  • American Institutions (0–6 units): US History, US Government, California State and Local Government requirements if not taken before transfer.
  • Upper-Division GE, Areas B, C, and D (9 units): Check for courses in major that also satisfy UD GE.
  • Students entering this major with the AA-T in English are not required to fulfill SF State Studies requirements.
  • Complementary Studies: consult with a department advisor on how transfer units and/or SF State units can be applied to ensure degree completion within 60 units.

Creative Writing Major: 39-42 Units

Check with a department advisor to see if 3 lower-division units from ADT can be applied to the major.

  • Fundamentals (3–6 units): C W 301 and C W 302
  • Craft (3 units): C W 511GW or C W 512GW or C W 513GW, taken after fundamentals and before workshop
  • Creative Process Area and/or Workshop Areas (15 units): Must include C W 510 or C W 600
  • Courses in Literature – upper-division (9 units): to be taken after C W 302
  • Writing from the American Experience or Global Literatures (3 units)
  • Theory and Language Studies (3 units)
  • Capstone Course (3 units): C W 601 – must be taken in last year

University Electives: 3 or More Units

Depends on course choices made at the community college, how transferred units are applied to the requirements above, and course choices at SF State. Some courses may meet more than one requirement, e.g., in both UD GE and the major.