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Creative Work Minor

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About the Creative Work Minor

The curriculum for the minor in Creative Work explores the practices associated with the creative process and its many modalities of expression and implementation, including the arts and literature, and the ways these can complement, inform, and reshape practices associated with business, politics, law, medicine, science, family, religion, and other social and cultural institutions.

Though the Creative Work minor is housed in the Honors College, the participation of non-Honors students is highly encouraged. The Honors College serves as a hub for academic and creative activities throughout the University. Partnership with various departments, disciplines, and programs, as well as co-curricular projects with community organizations is at the very heart of the Creative Work minor.

The Creative Work minor includes two gateway courses: Poetics and Performance, which is a historical and theoretical study of making and doing in various realms and modes, and Creativity Across the Disciplines*, which examines the critical role of creative thinking and practices in generating innovation and discovery, particularly in the sciences. The minor culminates in one of two project-based capstone courses.

The Center for Creative Work and its minor are designed to prepare students to be creative and agile in both their thinking and their work, innovative in their problem-solving, and oriented toward a lifetime of learning and success.

Requirements for the Creative Work Minor - Apply Now

  1. Complete 18 hours of course work approved for the Creative Work minor, including:
    1. Two foundation courses: HON 3310 Poetics and Performance and HON 3313 Creativity Across the Disciplines*
    2. 9 additional elective hours, of which a minimum of 6 hours must be advanced, and may be selected from the approved list for the minor, below.
    3. One 4000-level capstone course** from the following: HON 4310 City Dionysia or HON 4315 Artists and their Regions

  2. A minimum of 12 hours must be taken in residence. 
  1. A 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA in all courses used to fulfill minor requirements is required for graduation. 
  1. Up to 6 elective credit hours may be satisfied by an internship with a local arts organization or by a Senior Honors Thesis with advanced approval of the minor program director. 
  1. A maximum of 6 semester hours of completed minor coursework may be counted toward a student’s major. Note that any course that counts toward a student’s major and toward the Core Curriculum cannot also count toward the 18 semester hours required for the minor.

*The requirement of HON 3313 as a second foundation course applies to all students who declare the minor after the Fall 2017 semester.

** A Senior Honors Thesis may satisfy the capstone requirement. A course listed as a capstone may count as an elective if another capstone course is completed to fulfill the capstone requirement.

Elective Courses

Courses listed below are approved for the Creative Work minor. Please check the current coursebook for the most up-to-date information.

AAS 3301: Hip Hop History and Culture

ANTH 4340: Anthropology Through Literature

ARCH 3350: Architecture, Art, and Politics

CHNS 3350: Chinese Culture Through Films

CLAS 3380: Epic Masculinity: Ideologies of Manhood in Ancient Epic and Modern Film

CLAS 3381: From Homer to Hollywood: Ancient Greek Themes in the Modern Cinema

COMM 4338: The Family in Popular Culture

ENGL 4373: Vision and Power: Film, Text and Politics

ENGL 4367: Documenting Community Culture

ENGL 4371: Literature and Medicine

ENGL 3367: Gay and Lesbian Literature

GERM 3364: Writing Holocausts: The Literatures of Genocide

HON 3312: Immersion Journalism

HON 3397: Literature and Psychoanalysis

HON 3397: Literature of Trauma

HON 4397: The Anatomical Theatre

HON 4397: Literary Identities

HON 4397: Narratives in the Professions

HON 4397: Representing Islam

HON 4398: Independent Study/Internship

ITAL 3306: Italian Culture Through Films

ITAL 4308: Dante and His World

MAS 3341: Mexican American Experience Through Film 

MUSI 3303: Popular Music of the Americas since 1840

PHIL 3361: Philosophy of Art

WCL 2351: World Cultures Through Literature and the Arts

WCL 2352: World Cinema

WCL 3373: Gender and Sexuality in World Film

WCL 4367: Voices from Exile and Diaspora