The English Minor

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Students who elect the English minor work with their minor advisor to plan an individualized course of study tailored to their personal and professional plans. From creative writing to professional writing, fiction to journalism, memos to poetry, blogs to film, English courses cover a broad range of subjects.

English minors learn how to create, analyze, contextualize, and explain a broad range of texts, from classic literature to the documents that drive the corporate world. They learn about the diverse cultural traditions that are fundamental to American history, and they acquire the knowledge and skills they need to thrive as global citizens.

Today's professional skills might be outdated quickly, but the ability to read and write effectively, to analyze and explain, to see through deceptive rhetoric, to interpret complex narratives, and to shape new possibilities — such skills will always be in demand. English minors learn to read both texts and contexts, to interpret both intended and unintended meanings, to identify both deliberately crafted and emerging patterns, and to explain their findings in ways that others will understand and appreciate.

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Required Courses

  • A maximum of two ENGL 200-level courses
  • At least four ENGL 300- or ENGL 400-level courses

Seriously, that's it! The English Minor is what you make of it — six English courses in any discipline of your choosing. What course of study will you design?


Requirements differ for students who declared the English Minor between Fall 2007 and Spring 2015. If this applies to you and you have questions or would like to switch to the new minor, please contact Susan Donley .

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