WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – It may be close to summer, but some students at UNCW will have to plan ahead early because of curriculum changes coming this fall.
A minor in creative writing will not be available much longer and rumored budget cuts are not the cause. The creative writing department's enrollment is at capacity.
"We simply don't have any more room," said Tim Bass, the Bachelor of Fine Arts coordinator for the department. "It's a good problem to have. We have so many majors that we just don't have room for the minors."
The university is giving the minor the boot because of a strong interest in the program and large enrollment numbers. But Bass said it's not as bad as it sounds.
"No one gets kicked out. No one gets moved aside. As of today, they could still declare the minor."
Currently, 200 students are majoring in creative writing and a little more than 90 are picking up the minor before graduation. Those students can still finish their requirements on time; new students next fall just won't be able to sign up for the minor. Bass said other departments at the university have made the same choice too.
"I don't see this as an economic issue," he said. "We've drawn our students here because they want to major in creative writing."
Bass said the program has helped put UNCW on the map, bringing in students from all over the country for one main reason.
"If you can write, you can communicate," he explained. "If you can communicate, you can be trained to do anything."
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