A minor in English prepares students to be skilled communicators who can analyze a range of situations, problems, and texts, and offer creative interpretations and solutions. By emphasizing transferable skills, it readies them to adapt to multiple professional contexts and to meet the needs of an ever-changing world. Students have a variety of course offerings from which to choose. The flexible curriculum includes opportunities for studying diverse literatures; professional, creative, and scholarly writing; literary theory; and the development of the English language. In addition to traditional coursework, students are encouraged to incorporate an independent study, internship, or study abroad experience in Ireland or London into their program. As the home of the national literary arts magazine Freshwater Review, the department also provides opportunities for students to learn magazine production and gain valuable editing experience. While many students pair a minor in English with majors in other humanities disciplines, it complements any major at the College, including the natural sciences, the health sciences, business, and nursing.
Upon completion of a minor in English, the student will be able to
- Analyze works of literature and place them in context;
- Demonstrate knowledge of the conventions of genres;
- Demonstrate ability to understand texts from a variety of perspectives;
- Demonstrate ability in writing to show due regard for audience; and
- Demonstrate knowledge of the grammar, mechanics, and conventions of standard English.
Students must achieve the following program requirements for all courses listed under "Program Required Courses" for the English minor.
Minor Credits: 20
Program Required Courses
A minor in English requires a minimum of 20 credits in ENG; 8 of those credits must be in courses numbered 3000 or above. ENG 1110 does not count toward the English minor. Specific minor requirements are as follows:
|ENG 2000||Introduction to English Studies||4|
|4 Credits from the following:|
|ENG 2220||Medieval and Renaissance Worlds in Literature||4|
|or ENG 2260||Contemporary Movements in American Poetry|
|or ENG 2310||Magic and Demonology|
|or ENG 2365||British Romanticism|
|or ENG 2410||Revolution and Resistance in Nineteenth-Century Poetry|
|or ENG 3315||American Short Story|
|or ENG 3316||Contemporary Ethnic American Poetry|
|or ENG 3325||Brexit Sixteenth-Century Style|
|or ENG 3330||Theatre: Greek - Elizabethan|
|or ENG 3331||Theatre: Restoration - 20th Century|
|or ENG 3335||Sexploitation in Jacobean Drama|
|or ENG 3345||War and Paradise Lost|
|or ENG 3375||Geographies of the Nineteenth-Century Novel|
|or ENG 4400||Shakespeare and Social Justice|
|or ENG 4410||Individual Author|
|or ENG 4415||Writing Nature|
|Individual Author Options: Austen, Chaucer, Woolf|
|12 additional credits within ENG||12|
ENG 1110 First Year Composition does not count toward the English minor.