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Associate of Arts in Creative Writing

This Associate of Arts degree with a Creative Writing Program of Study is designed to help students interested in joining the literary community, pursuing a career in writing or in transferring to a four year program. Students are offered a comprehensive program of creative writing and literature courses designed to nurture beginning and experienced writers in the craft of writing.

The program is divided into General Education, Core Creative Writing and Creative Writing Electives course requirements. The program encourages students to explore multiple genres before focusing on a specific one. The introductory workshops allow for experimentation in craft through exercises and modeling while the advanced workshops stress the individual student’s work. Classes in creative writing include introduction to creative writing, poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, playwriting and screenwriting.

NOTE: If you choose the 3 credit MAT 120 course for Liberal Arts, you must make up one credit through your choice of electives.

ACC has a transfer agreement with Adams State College (ASC) in Alamosa, Colorado that allows for a complete credit A.A. to B.A. transfer. Students transferring to ASC need only complete 21 credit hours to receive a B.A. in creative writing. Additional upper level credit hours can be completed for a minor or another major at ASC.

Western State College will accept 58 credits from ACC students, including 19 credit hours for the Creative Writing Specific courses.  To successfully complete the BA in English with Creative Writing Emphasis at WSC, ACC students will then take 62 credit hours, including 40 upper division course credits.

Students interested in this program of study should contact Dr. Kathryn Winograd for more information at 303.797.5815 or

Admission Requirements

  • Admission to Arapahoe Community College

Program Requirements

General Education Courses

(38 credit hours)

Written Communications

(6 credit hours)

ENG 121

English Composition I (GT-CO1)


ENG 122

English Composition II (GT-CO2)


Oral Communications

(3 credit hours)

COM 115

Public Speaking OR


COM 125

Interpersonal Communication



(3 credit hours)

MAT 120

Mathematics for Liberal Arts (GT-MA1) or higher



Any Guaranteed Transfer Math course except MAT 155 and MAT 156 (GT-MA1) See GT-Pathways courses


Art and Humanities/Social and Behavioral Sciences combined

(18 credit hours)

Arts and Humanities

6 credit hours)


Two Guaranteed Transfer Arts & Humanities courses from two different areas: (GT-AH1, GT-AH2, GT-AH3, or GT-AH4). See GT-Pathways courses


Social and Behavioral Sciences

(6 credit hours)


Two Guaranteed Transfer Social & Behavioral Science courses from two different areas: (GT-SS1, GT-SS2 or GT-SS3). See GT-Pathways courses



(3 credit hours)


One Guaranteed Transfer course from: History (GT-HI1). See GT-Pathways courses


Student Option

(3 credit hours)


One Guaranteed Transfer Arts & Humanities / Social & Behavioral Science / History course (GT-AH1, GT-AH2, GT-AH3, GT-AH4, GT-SS1, GT-SS2, GT-SS3, or GT-HI1). See GT-Pathways courses


Natural and Physical Science

(7 Credit hours)


Two Guaranteed Transfer courses from: Natural and Physical Sciences, including at least one LAB course (GT-SC1 or GT-SC2). See GT-Pathways courses


Core Creative Writing Courses

(13 credit hours)

ENG 221

Creative Writing I


ENG 222

Creative Writing II


ENG 289




Before enrolling in Capstone class students MUST contact Dr. Kathryn Winograd at


And choose two (6 credit hours) from the following courses:

ENG 226

Fiction Writing


ENG 227

Poetry Writing


ENG 228

Writing the Graphic Novel


ENG 230

Creative Nonfiction


ENG 238

Writing the Novel


THE 215



Genre Specific Courses

(9 credit hours)

ENG 226

Fiction Writing OR


ENG 227

Poetry Writing OR


ENG 230

Creative Nonfiction OR


THE 215



And choose two (6 credit hours) from the following courses:

ENG 131

Technical Writing


ENG 226

Fiction Writing


ENG 227

Poetry Writing


ENG 228

Writing for the Graphic Novel


ENG 230

Creative Nonfiction


ENG 231



ENG 235

Rhetoric and Propaganda


ENG 238

Writing the Novel


ENG 264

Publishing Your Writing


HUM 103

Introduction to Film Arts


HUM 115

World Mythology (GT-AH2)


HUM 164

American Cinema


HUM 220

The Cultural History of Rock and Roll (GT-AH2)


JOU 105

Introduction to Mass Media (GT-AH2)


JOU 106

Fundamentals of Reporting


LIT 115

Introduction to Literature (GT-AH2)


LIT 201

World Literature to 1600 (GT-AH2)


LIT 202

World Literature after 1600 (GT-AH2)


LIT 205

Ethnic Literature (GT-AH2)


LIT 211

American Literature to the Civil War (GT-AH2)


LIT 212

American Literature after the Civil War (GT-AH2)


LIT 221

British Literature to 1770 (GT-AH2)


LIT 222

British Literature since 1770 (GT-AH2)


LIT 225

Introduction to Shakespeare (GT-AH2)


THE 105

Introduction to Theatre Arts


THE 215




60 credit hours

NOTE: This degree will be conferred as an Associate of Arts. Creative Writing will not be listed on student's transcript or diploma, but will be recognized by transfer institutions for program admission.

Transferability of courses to colleges or universities outside of Colorado is determined by the receiving institution.

Graduation Requirements

  • All courses required for this degree must be completed with a "C" or better to meet graduation requirements.
  • To graduate, students must apply for graduation and complete the graduation survey (available via myACC); form available at
  • After applying for graduation, all correspondence to a student about the status of their program conferral will be sent to their student email address only.

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