Jul 24, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

English Minor (E, A)

Become better, more responsive and insightful readers as well as richer, more precise writers. Learn about contexts and themes informing literature, write for different audiences and purposes, and demonstrate an engagement with texts as art forms with relevance to specific historical contexts, to society, and to your own life. Discover the ways what we say—and how we say it—shape our understanding of ourselves, our culture, and the world around us. Courses in this program regularly move beyond the classroom (from interdisciplinary collaborations with scientists to courses held in regional jails) to build the skills that help you find context and meaning through analysis and creativity.

REAL Curriculum

This minor fulfills the E and A areas of the REAL Curriculum. Students read and evaluate a range of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and drama that serve as models of the diverse ideas, methods, and expressive forms possible within writing as an artistic expression. Students create informed interpretations that evaluate and synthesize the ways that political, economic, sociocultural, ecological, technological, demographic, and other forces affect the diversity of writing types, styles, and traditions, including specific elements such as narrative point of view, characterization, dramatic structure, setting, and theme. Students also describe how social and cultural behaviors, beliefs, social institutions, and/or environments affect literary genres, periods, and traditions. Students make connections between texts and the cultures that produce and consume them. Specifically, the minor will help students understand and describe the ways that genres are socially, culturally, and historically situated entities that evolve and change over time. Students need majors and/or minors to fulfill the R and L areas to complete the REAL Curriculum requirements.

REAL Cornerstone Requirements

Writing Intensive (WI) Courses (6 credits)

Writing Intensive courses are denoted below with a (WI). Two writing intensive courses are required to graduate, with at least one at the 300- or 400-level. The English minor includes 3-6 credits of writing intensive courses.

General Education Requirements

General Education courses will be denoted below with a (GE). Students are required to take at least 30 credit hours of general education designated courses within their degree requirements. The English minor includes at least 6 general education credits.

Minor Requirements (18 credits)

Total Credit Hours for the Minor 18