Cultural Studies offers several elective courses each quarter, often of much interest for MFA students.
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.
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 available English courses. Please note, UW Seattle literature and theory courses are open to our students, however, creative writing and writing practice courses are not open to MFA students.
If you wish to sign up for an English Department course, please call the English Grad Office at 206-543-6077 for an entry code once Period I Registration has begun. Identify yourself as a student in UW Bothell’s MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics. 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 UW Bothell 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
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.
At this time the MFA program does not accept study abroad credits to be applied toward the required 15 elective credits.