Community Partnership: Dominican and Book Passage

A new partnership between Dominican University of California and Book Passage will enable both Dominican students and community members to earn academic credit for participating in selected Book Passage classes and writing conferences. The program, which begins this summer, will offer credit for both graduate and undergraduate work.

“Both Dominican University of California and Book Passage have a long tradition of celebrating the art of writing,” said Dr. Martha Nelson, dean of Dominican’s School of Arts and Sciences. “We are collaborating to nurture writers of all levels, strengthening their skills and connections with other writers and the world of books.”

Non-degree seeking students may enroll in Dominican classes without formal admission to the University, and the credits obtained can be applied later to a degree or transferred to another college or university.

In order to receive academic credit, both Dominican students and community members will take selected Book Passage classes and conferences as part of an independent study program under the guidance of a Dominican instructor. As part of the independent study arrangement, the instructor and student will agree ahead of time on the course of study, the method of evaluation, the unit value, and the course length. Students participating in the Book Passage program will earn from one to three units, based on the length of the course.

Book Passage classes meet on weekends and evenings. Some Book Passage classes will meet weekly over a six-week period, while others will be structured as intensive five-to-six day workshops.

Dominican offers both graduate and undergraduate creative writing courses, including a master’s degree in humanities with an emphasis in creative writing, a bachelor’s degree in English with a writing emphasis, and a minor in English with a writing emphasis. These programs also are available through Dominican's Pathways program, designed for mid-career professionals who need to earn their degree in the evening.

Please contact Dominican’s admissions office at to learn more about writing programs and classes at Dominican University of California or contact Book Passage at (415-927-0960, ext 230) [email protected]