Minor in English

About the Minor

The English minor provides students from other majors with a more intensive background in literature. Coursework in the minor exposes students to literature from a variety of periods, cultures and genres and also provides practice in critical thinking, literary analysis and writing. These courses enrich students' intellectual lives and provide them with skills that are valuable in a variety of professional situations.

Where a course required for the minor is already required for a student's major, the student is directed to choose another English elective. Other substitutions are permissible at the discretion of the Program Director.

For more information about this minor, please visit the CoAS minors web page.

Program Requirements

Select a minimum of 9 credits of the following:9.0
Classical to Medieval Literature
Renaissance to the Enlightenment
Romanticism to Modernism
Survey of World Literature
Post-Colonial Literature
American Literature I
American Literature II
African American Literature
British Literature I
British Literature II
Readings in Fiction
Readings in Poetry
Readings in Drama
Select a minimum of 6 credits of the following:6.0
Creative Nonfiction Writing
Creative Writing
Writing Poetry
Writing Fiction
Writing Humor and Comedy
Writing About the Media
Literary Editing & Publication
Writing for Target Audiences
Special Topics in Writing
Writing in Cyberspace: Writing for/about the Web
Internship in Publishing
Select a minimum of 9 credits of the following:9.0
Literature & Science
Environmental Literature
Science Fiction
The Mystery Story
Literature of Baseball
Literature of Genocide
Period Studies
Major Authors
Topics in World Literature
The Bible as Literature
American Ethnic Literature
Jewish Literature and Civilization
Women and Literature
Literature and Society
Topics in African American Literature
Topics in Literature and Medicine
Literary Theory
Seminar in English and American Literature
Seminar in World Literature
Total Credits24.0

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.