English Minor

Program Type: Minor
Program Level: Undergraduate
Department: Minors

A minor in English provides students with a firm foundation in analytical and critical thinking, reading and researching as well as in argumentative, applied and creative writing. It is a valuable complement to several major degrees, including business degrees, communications, criminal justice, history, pre-law, political science, psychology, world languages, art history and more. Students in the minor develop strong skills in writing, reading, communicating, analysis, and critical thinking, as well as the "soft skills" companies find highly desireable, such as creativity, empathy, and intercultural understanding. 

Students choose from courses in literature, creative writing, professional writing, linguistics, and English for Speakers of Other Languages. The program requires six classes (18 credits):

I. Two 200-level, introductory courses, from the following (6 credits): 

  • ENGL U208. Introduction to Creative Writing
  • ENGL U245. Business Writing
  • ENGL U250. English Studies Abroad
  • ENGL U252. Understanding English Grammar
  • ENGL U275: Masterpieces of World Literature
  • ENGL U279: Survey of American Literautre I (beginnings to 1865)
  • ENGL U280: Survey of American Literature II (1865-present)
  • ENGL U283: Native American Literature
  • ENGL U289: Survey of British Literature I (beginnings to 1800)
  • ENGL U290: Survey of British Literature II (1800-present)
  • ENGL U291: African American Literature
  • ENGL U300: Introduction to the Study of Literature

II. Four upper-level, 300- or 400-level English courses (12 credits)

  • These courses may reflect a single area of interest or the full range of our English program offerings across all areas of English studies--literature, creative writing, professional writing, film, and language/linguistics. 
  • Students are also encouraged to complete an intership to prepare them with essential work experience.