IAIA - Institute of American Indian Arts

Degree Requirements

GUIDING STATEMENT

The Creative Writing Program graduates strong writers with knowledge of Indigenous and world literatures, the ability to think critically and write creatively, and the skills to enter graduate school or chosen field.

PHILOSOPHY

Grounded in the strength and creativity inherent in Native American cultures, we empower students by engaging them in world literatures and the literary arts. We teach students to think critically and acquire leadership skills, and encourage them to use their talents and strengths on behalf of their communities.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Students in the Creative Writing Program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of Native American literatures
  • Demonstrate knowledge of world literatures
  • Demonstrate knowledge of critical theories and the ability to apply those theories to literary works
  • Demonstrate an ability to critique and evaluate literary works
  • Demonstrate an ability to write well in all genres
  • Demonstrate an ability to incorporate critiques into revisions
  • Demonstrate an ability to research using primary and secondary sources
  • Write publishable works in chosen genre(s)

Special Programs & Opportunities for Creative Writing Students

  • Publication in annual Creative Writing anthology
  • Lannon Visiting Writer series
  • Napa Valley Writers Conference
  • Taos Writers Conference
  • Naropa Writers Conference
  • Lannon Speakers Series
  • Associated Writing Programs Conference
  • Truman Capote Scholarship

Creative Writing Degree Plans

Bachelor of Fine Arts

125 Credits

Course #   Credits
  General Education REQUIREMENTS 31
  DEPARTMENT REQUIREMENTS 33
ENGL210 Contemporary Poetry 3
ENGL220 Survey of Contemporary Plays 3
ENGL230 Survey of Contemporary Fiction 3
ENGL260 Introduction to Native American  
  Literature 3
ENGL300 Critical Theory 3
ENGL310 Survey of World Poetry 3
ENGL320 Survey of World Plays 3
ENGL330 Survey of World Fiction 3
ENGL340 Native American Journalism I 3
ENGL350 Shakespeare’s Plays 3
ENGL360 Seminar in Native American Literature 3
  MAJOR REQUIREMENTS 48
CRWR101 Creative Nonfiction I 3
CRWR111 Poetry Writing I 3
CRWR121 Playwriting I 3
CRWR131 Fiction Writing I 3
CRWR151 Student Anthology I 3
CRWR250 Thesis I 3
CRWR261 Writing Lab I 1
CRWR361 Writing Lab II 1
CRWR461 Writing Lab III 1
  Choose One  
CRWR201 Creative Nonfiction II 3
CRWR211 Poetry Writing II 3
CRWR221 Playwriting II 3
CRWR231 Fiction Writing II 3
  Choose One  
CRWR301 Creative Nonfiction III 3
CRWR311 Poetry Writing III 3
CRWR321 Playwriting III 3
CRWR331 Fiction Writing III 3
  Choose Seven of the Following  
ENGL370 Multicultural American Literature 3
ENGL440 Native American Journalism II 3
ENGL460 Special Topics in Literature 3
CRWR141 Screenwriting I 3
CRWR290 Internship I 1-6
CRWR295 Apprenticeship I 1-6
CRWR298 Independent Study in Creative Writing 1-6
CRWR201 Creative Nonfiction II 3
CRWR211 Poetry Writing II 3
CRWR221 Playwriting II 3
CRWR231 Fiction Writing II 3
CRWR241 Screenwriting II 3
CRWR251 Student Anthology II 3
CRWR398 Independent Study 3
CRWR301 Creative Nonfiction III 3
CRWR401 Creative Nonfiction IV 3
CRWR311 Poetry Writing III 3
CRWR411 Poetry Writing IV 3
CRWR321 Playwriting III 3
CRWR421 Playwriting IV 3
CRWR331 Fiction Writing III 3
CRWR431 Fiction Writing IV 3
CRWR341 Screenwriting III 3
CRWR441 Screenwriting IV 3
CRWR351 Student Anthology III 3
CRWR451 Student Anthology IV 3
CRWR460 Special Topics in Creative Writing 3
CRWR470 Text/Image Collaboration 3
CRWR490 Internship II 1-6
CRWR495 Apprenticeship II 1-6
CRWR498 Independent Study in Creative Writing 1-6
THEA321 Native American Play Production I 3
THEA322 Native American Play Production II 3
  SENIOR SEMINAR/THESIS (7 credits) 4
CRWR450 Thesis II 4
  PLUS ONE OF THE FOLLOWING 3
CRWR401 Creative Nonfiction IV 3
CRWR411 Poetry Writing IV 3
CRWT421 Playwriting IV 3
CRWR431 Fiction Writing IV 3
  ELECTIVES (6 credits) 6

Associate of Fine Arts

64 Credits

Course #   Credits
  General Education REQUIREMENTS 31
  DEPARTMENT REQUIREMENTS 15
CRWR101 Creative Nonfiction I 3
ENGL210 Contemporary Poetry 3
ENGL220 Survey of Contemporary Plays 3
ENGL230 Survey of Contemporary Fiction 3
ENGL260 Introduction to Native American Literature 3
  MAJOR REQUIREMENTS 15
CRWR111 Poetry Writing I 3
CRWR121 Playwriting I 3
CRWR131 Fiction Writing I 3
CRWR151 Student Anthology I 3
CRWR250 Thesis I 3
  ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS  
  (choose one) 3
CRWR201 Creative Nonfiction II 3
CRWR211 Poetry Writing II 3
CRWR221 Playwriting II 3
CRWR231 Fiction Writing II 3

Minor

24 Credits

Course #   Credits
  DEPARTMENT REQUIREMENTS 15
CRWR101 Creative Nonfiction I 3
CRWR111 Poetry Writing I 3
CRWR121 Playwriting I 3
CRWR131 Fiction Writing I 3
CRWR151 Student Anthology I 3
CRWR250 Thesis I 3
ENGL260 Introduction to Native American Literature 3
  ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS  
  (choose one) 3
ENGL210 Contemporary Poetry 3
ENGL220 Survey of Contemporary Plays 3
ENGL230 Survey of Contemporary Fiction 3