Creative Writing

Write your way to a great career.

If writing is your passion, MCC's Creative Writing A.A. degree program offers an exciting opportunity to make writing part of your life. You might also be surprised at the variety of professional fields that involve creative writing, including:  

  • Journalism
  • Publishing
  • Marketing
  • Education
  • Advertising
  • Television
  • Web Content Writer
  • Grant Writing

At MCC you'll learn from professors who are published writers themselves. You'll meet other aspiring student writers and share your work in a mutually supportive environment. Your MCC studies will culminate with learning about submitting your own work and publishing opportunities in Rochester and throughout the country.

Complete the first two years of a bachelor’s degree in English or Creative Writing.

Through classroom experiences, you'll sharpen your writing skills while exploring a variety of writing disciplines and career pathways. You'll also take foundation courses that lead to successful transfer to a bachelor's degree in English, Creative Writing, and more—at outstanding four-year colleges like these:

  • SUNY:

    • Geneseo
    • Brockport
    • Oswego
    • Potsdam

  • Goddard College
  • St. John Fisher College
  • Nazareth College
  • University of Rochester

Get in touch with Monroe Community College's admissions office to learn more about the opportunities you can create with an associate degree in creative writing. Contact us at (585) 292-2200 or admissions@monroecc.edu.

For information about the Creative Writing degree program itself, please contact Maria Brandt at mbrandt@monroecc.edu.


CREATIVE WRITING

A.A. Degree - Transfer Program

Department:English/Philosophy

School(s): Arts & Humanities

CIP Code: 23.0501
MCC Program Code: CW01
NYSED Code (BRI): 37987
NYSED Code (DCC): 37988

Description
This program of study is designed for students who are interested in cultivating the strong writing skills that writing careers will require. The program includes courses conducive to transferring into a baccalaureate degree in English and/or Creative Writing, while keeping pathways open for baccalaureate degrees that emphasize more professional writing as well. Accordingly, the program is structured so students can (1) deepen their skills through scaffolded coursework and (2) broaden their experience with multiple genres and career pathways. The program culminates in a capstone course that familiarizes students with submission processes, transfer opportunities, and publishing/reading venues both in Rochester and around the country, preparing them for the next stage of their personal/professional lives as writers.

Program Learning Outcomes
1. Analyze and evaluate written creative texts across multiple genres;
2. Revise and edit their own original, written, creative texts across multiple genres;
3. Produce their own professional-quality original written creative work;
4. Submit their own original written creative work to professional venues.
5. Draft, revise, and edit their own original written texts across multiple, non-creative academic and professional genres.

Employment Potential
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Requirements for Program Entrance
Waiver of accuplacer reading and sentence level tests; placement into ENG 101 or ENG 200 (minimum score of 81 on reading test and minimum score of 65 on sentence level test); or completion of TRS 200 with a C or better; or completion of TRS 105 with a C or higher; or completion of ESL 201 with a C or higher, or ENG 200 placement.

Distribution Requirements

Credit Hours
FIRST SEMESTER: 15 CREDIT HOURS
ELECTIVE 3
ENG 105 Introduction to Literature 3
ENG 113 Introduction to Creative Writing 3
MTH 150 Survey of Mathematics or higher 3
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - AMERICAN HISTORY ELECTIVE* 3
Total15
SECOND SEMESTER: 15 CREDIT HOURS
ENG 200 Advanced Composition 3
ENG 213 Creative Writing** 3
LITERATURE ELECTIVE (200-Level)*** 3
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - NATURAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE 3
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE 3
Total15
THIRD SEMESTER: 15 CREDIT HOURS
ELECTIVE 3
ENG 233 Creative Writing Workshop-Poetry** OR
ENG 243 Creative Writing Workshop-Playwriting** OR
ENG 253 Creative Writing Workshop-Nonfiction** OR
ENG 263 Creative Writing Workshop-Short Fiction**
3
ENG 250 Professional Communication OR
ENG 251 Technical Writing OR
COM 130 Media Writing-WR OR
COM 131 Principles of Journalism
3
LITERATURE ELECTIVE (200-Level)*** 3
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - FOREIGN LANGUAGE OR
OTHER WORLD CIVILIZATION OR
WESTERN CIVILIZATION ELECTIVE
3
Total 15
FOURTH SEMESTER: 17 CREDIT HOURS
ENG 233 Creative Writing Workshop-Poetry** OR
ENG 243 Creative Writing Workshop-Playwriting** OR
ENG 253 Creative Writing Workshop-Non-Fiction** OR
ENG 263 Creative Writing Workshop-Short Fiction**
3
ENG 273 Publishing in the Professions 3
LITERATURE ELECTIVE (200-Level)***3
PHYSICAL/HEALTH EDUCATION ELECTIVE 2
PROGRAM ELECTIVE**** 3
ELECTIVE 3
Total 17
TOTAL CREDITS 62

*If below 85 on U.S. History Regents Exam, choose from: HIS 111, HIS 112.
If 85 or above on U.S. History Regents Exam, choose from: HIS 103, HIS 104, HIS 111, HIS 112, HIS 200, HIS 211, HIS 240, HSM 103, POS 102.
**Course must be completed with a grade of C or higher.
***Any 200-level ENG literature class. Meet with advisor regarding transfer requirements.
****PROGRAM ELECTIVE: Choose any ART/COM/ENG/HMN/MUS/PHO/THE.
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