Dec 18, 2018  
College Catalog 2018-2019 
College Catalog 2018-2019

Creative Writing Option, Arts and Science, A.A.

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Dave Champoux, 413.552.2364,


HCC’s Creative Writing Option is one of only a few of its kind in the country for students pursuing an Associate Degree. It’s a solid academic program that allows students to explore a personal interest, while at the same time follow the guidelines of a typical Associate of Arts degree, including the MassTransfer general education transfer block which guarantees credit transfer to Massachusetts state colleges and universities. MassTransfer also will grant students automatic acceptance to certain state colleges and universities by achieving the minimum grade point average and the HCC degree.

With the right planning, students can go on to just about any Arts and Science discipline after earning their A.A. degree with this option. A designated faculty advisor will guide them. In their final semester, students will assemble a portfolio of representative work, along with a personal statement about their experiences and accomplishments in Creative Writing at HCC.

Upon completion of this program, the student will:

  • produce at least one college-level piece of writing in each of the four creative writing genres (poetry, fiction, drama, and creative non-fiction).
  • demonstrate understanding of conventional forms/concepts within each genre and be able to work with these forms/concepts in their own writing.
  • explore their writing in their own ways by producing a series of pieces reflecting their emerging personal aesthetic.
  • effectively critique the creative work of others (other students and established writers) from the perspective of being creative writers themselves.
  • reflect on, critique, and/or analyze their own work.




(Sufficient to complete 60 credit graduation requirement)

See note 1

  • Elective Credit(s): 1
  • Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Elective Credit(s): 3



1Students are advised to take 15-16 credits of Suggested Electives, sufficient to complete 60 credits total. Students are advised to choose one of the one-credit fieldwork courses (ENG 238 , COM 141 COM 142 , or HUM 276 ).

You may choose any Arts and Science electives. In addition to the recommended internship listed below, especially suggested are ENG 232(C) - Topics in Creative Writing  or the EMS 112(C) - Topics in Electronic Media . As this is an A.A. degree, you have the flexibility to explore beyond Creative Writing as well, including up to six non-Arts and Science credits.

Only six non-Arts and Science credits may be taken towards an A.A. degree.

Depending on the course selection, 80% of this program can be completed online.


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