Outside Electives

Cultural Studies

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 Department of 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 a Department of English 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 School of Educational Studies

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 fields. If you are interested in public school certification, you are encouraged to review the UW Bothell School of Educational Studies website and/or make an appointment with their advisor to prospective students.

There are two different course sequences that are open to you. One is 400-level courses within the Teaching and Learning minor. Another option is taking 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.