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Minor in English

Students with a minor in English cultivate familiarity with and expertise in different literary forms, traditions, and approaches. Students have the opportunity to create a concentration in such areas as creative writing, composition and rhetoric, science fiction and fantasy, African-American and Latinx literatures, gender and sexuality studies, and digital humanities. An English minor teaches students to communicate clearly and effectively, critically read and examine complex texts, build effective arguments, and recognize other points of view. Whatever their major or post-graduate plans, students who minor in English will learn essential skills for thriving in all endeavors.

To declare a minor in English, you must schedule an appointment with an English advisor.

The minor in English, for majors in fields other than English, requires 18 hours of distributed coursework.

  • 9 hours of coursework can be chosen from any level English course
  • 6 hours of coursework must be taken at the upper-level, indicated by a 300 or 400 course number
  • 3 hours of coursework must be taken at the 400-level

Minor in Health Humanities

The Department of English’s minor in Health Humanities offers students a strong grounding in the humanistic study of health issues. Required courses develop skills of cross-disciplinary health studies in English, with students completing nine hours in courses such as narrative medicine and graphic medicine, literature and medicine, and health rhetoric. Students take an additional nine hours of electives, including courses that engage the ethics and philosophy of care, gender and race-based disparities in health, cross-cultural health communication, as well as social science and science electives. Students finish the minor with a required senior capstone course, which requires them to develop a unique Health Humanities research project related to their ongoing professional and educational goals. This minor is conceptualized with a critical framework: the coursework encourages students not only to take an interdisciplinary approach to understanding current and historical issues related to health, but also to critically reflect upon the methods of study they employ, and the future of Health Humanities as a field.

To declare a minor in Health Humanities, you must schedule an appointment with an English advisor.

The minor in Health Humanities requires 18 hours of distributed coursework.

  • Students are required to enroll in either ENGL 107: Introduction to Health Humanities or ENGL 292: Introduction to Literature and Medicine.
  • Students are required to enroll in either ENGL 342: Rhetoric of Gender and Health or ENGL 395: Topics in Literature and Medicine.
  • Students are required to enroll in ENGL 482: Health Humanities Senior Seminar.
  • Students should choose 9 hours of elective coursework from the following list: AFST 317/SOCI 317, ANTH 409, ANTH 426, ANTH 435, COMM 315, COMM 335, COMM 370, COMM 420/WGST 420, COMM 470, COMM 471, ENGL 359, ENGL 394, EPSY 430, GEOG 202, GEOG 311, HLTH 236, HLTH 334, HIST 362, HIST 363, HIST 364, HIST 366/RELS 366, HIST 376, HIST 476/WGST 476, INTS 407, PHIL 251, PHIL 305, PHIL 480, PSYC 320/NRSC 320, PSYC 350/NRSC 350, PSYC 360/NRSC 360, SOCI 205, SOCI 408, SOCI 425, VIBS 310, VIBS 311, VIBS 413, VTPB 212, VTPB 221, or WGST 401.
  • At least 3 hours of elective coursework must be at the upper-level, indicated by a 300 or 400 course number.

Additional Requirements

  • The College of Liberal Arts specifies that only courses with a grade of “C” or higher may be used toward a minor.
  • Courses selected must have the ENGL prefix or be cross-listed with English. Students should consult the Undergraduate Catalog for course options, as well as possible prerequisites or restrictions for individual courses selected.
  • Students seeking to minor in English should consult with their major advisor and the Office of Undergraduate Studies in English before completing 90 credit hours.