Program Curriculum

Current Second Year Courses

2015 - 2016 Schedule

Autumn Quarter 2015

BCWRIT 700 Master's Thesis
Arranged with Thesis Advisor


Winter Quarter 2016

BCWRIT 700 Master's Thesis
Arranged with Thesis Advisor


Spring Quarter 2016

BCWRIT 700 Master's Thesis
Arranged with Thesis Advisor


Students will need to fill out registration forms for each quarter. 
This schedule may be subject to change.

Second Year Electives

There are several different programs and departments from which you may draw your electives, below are some suggestions.

UW Bothell - School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (IAS)

MFA Creative Writing & Poetics

Independent study courses are offered as part of the MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics curriculum and all carry variable credits. If, in fact, you do plan to pursue the non-residency option in your second year, you will need to constitute all of your 15 credit hours through the BCWRIT individual study program. Each of these courses requires that you fill out forms that will designate how you will pursue work in these areas. You can find these forms on the MFA website under Petitions and Forms:

BCWRIT 517 Teaching Practicum (3- 5 credits)
BCWRIT 520 Internship (2-5 credits)
BCWRIT 598 Directed Research (2-15 credits)

Recommended Courses by MFA Faculty


BCULST 593A Topics in Cultural Studies: Writing the Americas; (Dowling), M 5:45-10pm
BCWRIT 598 Directed Research: Advanced Poetics 4-5 students max (Heuving)
BCWRIT 598 Directed Research: Science Fiction (Brown)


BCWRIT 598 Directed Research: Topic TBD (Brown)
BCWRIT 598 Directed Research: Advanced Poetics, 4-5 students max (Heuving)


BCWRIT 598 Directed Research: Queer Poetics, 4-5 students (Dowling)
BCWRIT 598 Directed Research: Chapbooks and Artists' Books (Borsuk)
BCWRIT 587 Topics in Creative Practice (Vogel)

Masters in Cultural Studies

Cultural Studies offers several elective courses each quarter, often of much interest for MFA students. Recommended courses include:

Autumn 2015
BCULST 593A Topics in Cultural Studies: Writing the Americas (Dowling) M 5:45-10pm

Spring 2016
BCULST 585 Topics in Cultural Activism and Advocacy (Cardenas) TBD

400 Level IAS Courses

Each quarter, there are a number of 400 level courses in Culture, Literature and the Arts as well as Interdisciplinary Arts which are open to you. Check the Time Schedule for courses being offered. Specifically, MFA students may find courses under BIS, CLA, and IA. Recommendations include:

Autumn 2015
BISIA 483A Advanced Arts Workshop (Bergman), Oct. 9-Oct. 23. Art on-site - intensive, immersive workshop with professional artists. With Pablo Helguera (artist and Curator of Public Programming for the Museum of Modern Art in New York City) at the Henry Gallery on the campus of the University of Washington, Seattle.

This course will offer in depth knowledge of art theory, texts and Seattle art institutions as well as the very valuable opportunity to work closely with a respected artist and curator: Pablo Helguera.

Schedule: Friday 9 October: Meet at the Henry Gallery, Seattle. Preparation for workshop/seminar (10-4) Saturday 10 October: Meet at the Henry Gallery, Seattle. Visit to Seattle art institutions  (10-4) Sunday 11 October. Meet at the Henry Gallery, Seattle. Reading seminar (10-4) Friday-Sunday, 16-18 October. Meet at the Henry Gallery, Seattle. Intensive workshop with Pablo Helguera (10-4) Friday 23 October. Meet at UWB. Closing wrap up (10-12).

Spring 2016
BISIA 440 Space, Site, and Video (Bodle), T/TH 8:45-10:45am

UW Seattle - English

All English graduate courses are open to MFA students, with the exception of the creative writing workshops. View a complete listing of 2015-2016 English courses. Please note, UW Seattle Creative Writing courses are not open to MFA students.

If you wish to sign up for an English Department course, please call the English Grad Office for an entry code, once Period I Registration has begun. Identify yourself as a student in UW Bothell’s MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics. Either Kathy Mork or Jennifer Siembor can help you at 206-543-6077. You will be given a registration code at the start of Period II Registration and may register on a space-available basis. 

UW Bothell - Education

You can use your elective credits to enhance your teaching abilities and opportunities. UW Bothell offers several education programs leading to advanced education degrees and certification in K-8 and in Secondary and Middle levels. These courses can also serve as excellent preparation for teaching in community colleges, although there are no formal certification requirements for college-level teaching. Requirements to teach in the public schools vary greatly according the grade-levels and / or fields. The best place to start if you are interested in public school certification is to attend an information session sponsored by the UWB Education Program appropriate to your interests and then to make an appointment with advisors in the Education Program to review degree requirements in relationship to your previous course work. During winter quarter, the Education program plans to host a special information session for MFA students, so try to attend this if at all possible.

There are two different course sequences that may be of interest to you, and that are open to you. One is the Teaching and Learning minor. While this is aimed at undergraduates, you may wish to partake of courses in this sequence. Another option is taking graduate education courses at the master's level. These are excellent preparation for community college and may count for the UWB Secondary and Middle Level Teacher Certification M.Ed.

Graduate level Education courses that are open to you:
Autumn - BEDUC 501 Inquiry in Education
Winter - BEDUC 502 Teachers’ Self-Understanding
Spring - BEDUC 504 Theories of Organizational Change and School Reform

UW Certificates

The UW offers several Graduate Certificates which may be completed while enrolled as a graduate student. Certificates require a minimum of 15 approved credits and a maximum of 6 credits may “double-count” for both the certificate and one’s program. If you are interested in a particular certificate, please contact that program’s advisor to review certificate requirements in relationship to your MFA coursework. Students completing certificates while in the MFA program will pay PCE rates for additional credits.

Please note, certain certificates are open to select disciplines and/or PhD students only.

Study Abroad

At this time the MFA program does not accept study abroad credits to be applied toward the required 15 elective credits.