College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

English Minor

The English Minor is a flexible program of frequently-taught courses easily scheduled with your major courses. You must take 8 courses to complete the minor. Any English course you are currently enrolled in (except ENG 107/109/110 or its equivalent) may be applied toward the minor in English. You select three courses from a group of British, Amercian, and World literature surveys and 20 additional units (12 of which must be 300 or 400 level) from among nearly all the other courses offered by the department, including science fiction, creative writing, advanced composition, linguistics, poetry, drama, and fiction. You shape the minor to match your interests. Consult the complete course list for details of the program.

Literature Surveys, choose 3 (1 British, 1 American, 1 World)

  • Survey of British Literature I ENG 207*
  • Survey of British Literature II ENG 208*
  • Survey of American Literature I ENG 211*
  • Survey of American Literature II ENG 212*
  • World Literature I ENG 217*
  • World Literature II ENG 218*

*Prerequisite for these classes: ENG 104 or equivalent (prior to 2014-15); ENG 107 or 109 or 110 or equivalent (as of 2014-15)

Electives, choose 5 (at least 3 at the 300- or 400-level)

  • Freshman English II ENG 105
  • Grammar, Punctuation and Usage ENG 125
  • Introduction to Modern Fiction ENG 201
  • Introduction to Poetry or Modern Drama ENG 202
  • Introduction to Shakespeare ENG 203
  • Modern Fiction for Speakers of English as a Second Language ENG 204
  • Black Literature in America ENG 205
  • Introduction to Contemporary Literature ENG 206
  • Survey of British Literature I ENG 207
  • Survey of British Literature II ENG 208
  • Survey of American Literature I ENG 211
  • Survey of American Literature II ENG 212
  • Multicultural Literatures in the U.S. ENG 213
  • Latino Literature in America ENG 215
  • The Bible as Literature ENG 216
  • World Literature I ENG 217
  • World Literature II ENG 218
  • The Literature of Science Fiction ENG 222
  • Introduction to Folklore ENG 231
  • War and Peace in Literature ENG 235
  • Women Writers ENG 240
  • Creative Nonfiction ENG 300
  • Writing for the Professions ENG 301
  • Creative Writing-Fiction ENG 302
  • Advanced Expository Writing ENG 303
  • Genre Fiction: Reading, Writing and Critical Perspectives ENG 304
  • The Novel in English to 1880 ENG 305
  • Language, Literacy and Cultural Practices ENG 313
  • From Theory to Practice in Student Literacy ENG 314
  • Language in Society ENG 317
  • Analysis of Conversation ENG 318
  • Applied Pragmatics ENG 319
  • Structure of Language ENG 320
  • Grammar of Modern English ENG 321
  • Development of Modern English ENG 322
  • Language Acquisition ENG 323
  • Children's Literature ENG 324
  • Adolescent Literature ENG 326
  • Harry Potter as Literature and Cultural Studies ENG 327
  • Narrative in Literature and Film ENG 330
  • Literary Theory ENG 350
  • The Nineteenth-Century European Novel ENG 332
  • The Novel in the Modern World ENG 333
  • Colonial and Postcolonial Literature ENG 334
  • Myth as Literature ENG 340
  • Race and Gender in Modern Literature ENG 345
  • Literary Theory ENG 350
  • Introduction to Rhetorical Theory ENG 355
  • Chaucer ENG 401
  • Milton and His Age ENG 402
  • Shakespeare ENG 403
  • Shakespeare ENG 404
  • Shakespeare Performance I ENG 406
  • Shakespeare Performance II ENG 407
  • Myth as Literature ENG 408
  • The Epic ENG 409
  • Arthurian Romance ENG 410
  • The Nineteenth-Century European Novel ENG 419
  • Texts and Images of the Holocaust ENG 420
  • Race and Gender in Modern English ENG 424
  • The Literature of Exile ENG 425
  • The Novel in the Modern World ENG 428
  • Colonial and Postcolonial Literature ENG 429
  • Professional Editing ENG 432
  • English Renaissance ENG 440
  • English Enlightenment ENG 442
  • English Drama to 1890 ENG 443
  • English Romanticism ENG 444
  • The Modern Drama ENG 445
  • The Modern British Novel ENG 446
  • The English Poem ENG 447
  • Victorian Writers ENG 448
  • Twentieth-Century British Literature ENG 450
  • Modernism and Postmodernism ENG 451
  • Early American Literature ENG 452
  • Nineteenth-Century American Literature ENG 454
  • Twentieth-Century American Literature ENG 456
  • American Poetic Tradition I ENG 457
  • American Poetic Tradition II ENG 458
  • Modern Critical Theory ENG 460
  • Latin American Women Writers in Translation ENG 485

Why Take an English Minor?

An English minor can provide a significant competitive advantage in the job market or graduate school admission. One of the most common and persistent complaints among employers is that college graduates lack the verbal skills to advance beyond entry-level positions to management and executive positions. The English minor furnishes you with the analytic and writing skills employers seek, as well as the knowledge of culture expected of executives and others in leadership positions. If you plan to pursue advanced study in law, medicine, business or academia, the English minor can make you a stronger candidate for admission to competitive programs, since good writing is an integral part of most post-baccalaureate work.