Minors

By choosing a minor in English, students will find ways to increase their communication and reading skills so that they have both a major in another discipline and a minor that demonstrates their skills in using language. A minor in English allows for plenty of freedom to choose the courses best suited to their interests. We offer five minor concentrations: 

  • Creative Writing
  • English
  • Literature
  • Medieval and Early Modern Studies
  • Rhetoric and Professional Communication

Students not earning a bachelor’s degree in English are eligible to pursue a minor in English. Students who wish to minor in English must complete 18 hours in English beyond ENGL 111G: Rhetoric and Composition and satisfy the following requirements based on their selected concentration.

Minor: Creative Writing

Students earning a B.A. in English must earn at least 6 credits approved by the English Department undergraduate adviser beyond those earned for the major in order to earn a minor in Creative Writing.

1.) Six credits from the following 3-credit hour courses:

  • ENGL 220G: Introduction to Creative Writing
  • ENGL 243: The Bible as Literature*
  • ENGL 251: Survey of American Literature I 
  • ENGL 252: Survey of American Literature II
  • ENGL 261: Masterpieces of Western European Literature, Beginnings to the Renaissance*
  • ENGL 262: Masterpieces of Western European Literature, Post-Renaissance to Modern
  • ENGL 263: The Western Rhetorical Tradition
  • ENGL 271: English Literature I*
  • ENGL 272: English Literature II*

*Students may make one or two of the following substitutions: HON 229G for ENGL 243; HON 220G, 234G, or 239G for ENGL 261; HON 220G, 231G, 234G, or 239G for ENGL 271;  HON 231G for ENGL 272.

2.) Six credits from the following courses:*

  • ENGL 304: Creative Writing: Prose
  • ENGL 306: Creative Writing: Poetry
  • ENGL 307: Creative Writing: Creating Nonfiction
  • ENGL 308: Creative Writing: Playwriting
  • ENGL 309: Screenwriting I
  • ENGL 413: Advanced Creative Writing in Prose Workshop
  • ENGL 414: Advanced Creative Writing in Poetry Workshop
  • ENGL 415:  Advanced Creative Writing in Playwriting Workshop
  • ENGL 480: Screenwriting II

*All Creative Writing workshops may be taken more than once.

3.) Three credits from the following courses:*

  • ENGL 413: Advanced Creative Writing in Prose Workshop
  • ENGL 414: Advanced Creative Writing in Poetry Workshop
  • ENGL 415: Advanced Creative Writing in Playwriting Workshop
  • ENGL 480: Screenwriting II

*All Creative Writing workshops may be taken more than once.

4.) Three additional credits from English literature courses numbered 300 and above


Minor: English

1.) Six credits from the following 3-credit hour courses:

  • ENGL 220G: Introduction to Creative Writing
  • ENGL 243: The Bible as Literature*
  • ENGL 251; Survey of American Literature I 
  • ENGL 252: Survey of American Literature II 
  • ENGL 261: Masterpieces of Western European Literature, Beginnings to the Renaissance*
  • ENGL 262: Masterpieces of Western European Literature, Post-Renaissance to Modern 
  • ENGL 263: The Western Rhetorical Tradition 
  • ENGL 271: English Literature I* 
  • ENGL 272: English Literature II*

*Students may make one or two of the following substitutions: HON 229G for ENGL 243; HON 220G, 234G, or 239G for ENGL 261; HON 220G, 231G, 234G, or 239G for ENGL 271; HON 231G for ENGL 272. 

2.) Three credits from the following 3-credit hour courses:

  • ENGL 301: Theory and Criticism: Rhetoric and Culture
  • ENGL 302: Theory and Criticism: Literature and Culture 
  • ENGL 303: Theory and Criticism: Film, Media and Culture 
  • ENGL 310: Critical Writing 
  • ENGL 311G: Advanced Composition 

3.) Six credits from English courses numbered 300-499

4.) Three additional credits from English courses numbered 400-499


Minor: Literature

Students earning a B.A. in English must earn at least 6 credits approved by the Department of English undergraduate adviser beyond those earned for the major in order to earn a minor in Literature.

1.) Six credits from the following 3 credit-hour courses:

  • ENGL 243: The Bible as Literature*
  • ENGL 251: Survey of American Literature
  • ENGL 252: Survey of American Literature II
  • ENGL 261: Masterpieces of Western European Literature, Beginnings to the Renaissance*
  • ENGL 262: Masterpieces of Western European Literature, Post-Renaissance to Modern
  • ENGL 271: English Literature I*
  • ENGL 272: English Literature II*

*Students may make one or two of the following substitutions: HON 229G for ENGL 243; HON 220G, 234G, or 239G for ENGL 261; HON 220G, 231G, 234G, or 239G for ENGL 271; HON 231G for ENGL 272.

2.) Three credits from the following 3-credit hour courses:

  • ENGL 301: Theory and Criticism: Rhetoric and Culture
  • ENGL 302: Theory and Criticism: Literature and Culture (recommended)
  • ENGL 303: Theory and Criticism: Film, Media and Culture
  • ENGL 310: Critical Writing

3.) Three credits from the following 3-credit hour courses numbered 298-399:*

  • ENGL 321V: Modern European Drama
  • ENGL 323: American Drama
  • ENGL 325V: Contemporary International Literature
  • ENGL 326: Cultural Identity and Representation Across the Media
  • ENGL 327V: Shakespeare around the Globe
  • ENGL 328V: Literature of Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • ENGL 329: Studies in Drama
  • ENGL 330: Studies in Poetry
  • ENGL 335V: Studies in the Novel
  • ENGL 336: Studies in Film
  • ENGL 339V: Chicano Literature
  • ENGL 340: Studies in American Literature
  • ENGL 341V: American Indian Literature
  • ENGL 342: Studies in British Literature
  • ENGL 349: The Short Story
  • ENGL 351: Folklore
  • ENGL 361: Southwest Folklore
  • ENGL 363: Literature for Children and Young Adults
  • ENGL 380V: Women Writers
  • ENGL 390V: The Arthurian Tradition
  • ENGL 392V: Mythology
  • ENGL 394V: Southwestern Literature
  • ENGL 399: Special Topics (with adviser approval)

*Students may count one of the following honors courses toward the above requirement: HON 325V, 348V, 365V, 366V, 376V, 379V, or 382V.

4.) Six additional credits from the following English courses numbered 400-499:

  • ENGL 400: Independent Study (with adviser approval)
  • ENGL 405: Chaucer
  • ENGL 406: Early Modern Poetry and Prose
  • ENGL 407: Milton
  • ENGL 408: Shakespeare I
  • ENGL 409: Shakespeare II
  • ENGL 417: Advanced Study in Critical Theory
  • ENGL 421: Advanced Study in a Literary Period or Movement
  • ENGL 422: Advanced Study in a Literary Form or Genre
  • ENGL 423: Advanced Study in a Major Author
  • ENGL 424: Advanced Study in a Major Text
  • ENGL 425: Advanced Study in Comparative Literature
  • ENGL 426: Special Topics in Critical Theory
  • ENGL 427: Advanced Study in Film and Digital Media
  • ENGL 428: Drama from the Renaissance to the Restoration
  • ENGL 429: British Romanticism
  • ENGL 432: Gothic Literature
  • ENGL 433: Victorian Literature
  • ENGL 436: Advanced Study in Film and Digital Media: History and Culture
  • ENGL 437: Advanced Study in Film and Digital Media: Theory and Criticism
  • ENGL 438: Literature of the American Renaissance
  • ENGL 439: American Realism and Naturalism
  • ENGL 440: Harlem Renaissance and Modernism
  • ENGL 441: Modern and Contemporary American Fiction
  • ENGL 442: Modern and Contemporary American Poetry
  • ENGL 444: Modern British Fiction
  • ENGL 445: Postmodern Fiction
  • ENGL 451: Practicum in the Grammar of American English
  • ENGL 452: History of the English Language
  • ENGL 453: World Literatures
  • ENGL 454: Postcolonial Literature
  • ENGL 456: Ethnic Studies in US Literature and Culture
  • ENGL 457: American Indian Literature
  • ENGL 458: Latino/a Literature and Culture
  • ENGL 459: Black Literature and Culture in the United States
  • ENGL 481: Women’s Literature
  • ENGL 482: Gender and Popular Culture
  • ENGL 483: Gender and Language
  • ENGL 484: Gender and Literature
  • ENGL 486: Hollywood and Film
  • ENGL 488: Film and Literature
  • ENGL 489: Cultural Studies: Literature and Theory
  • ENGL 492: Old English
  • ENGL 493: Middle English Textual Cultures

Minor: Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Students must earn 18 credits from the approved courses listed below. At least 9 credits must be upper division. No more than 9 credits may be taken under faculty in any department. Students may request approval for other courses clearly related to Medieval and/or Early Modern Studies from the undergraduate adviser in the English Department.

*Courses marked by asterisks are approved for the minor only when their topics are appropriate. Students must seek approval to count these courses for the minor from the undergraduate adviser in the English Department.

  • ART 295: Introduction to Art History I
  • ART 315: Introduction to Art History II
  • ART 300: Special Topics in Art History*
  • ART 328: Baroque Art and Architecture in Northern Europe
  • ART 333: Baroque Art and Architecture in Spain, Italy, and Spanish Latin America
  • ART 477: Independent Research Problems in Art History*
  • ART 478: Seminar: Selected Topics in Art History*
  • ENGL 242: Introduction to Shakespeare
  • ENGL 243: The Bible as Literature
  • ENGL 261: Masterpieces of Western European Literature, Beginnings to the Renaissance
  • ENGL 271: Survey of English Literature I
  • ENGL 380: Women Writers*
  • ENGL 390G: The Arthurian Tradition
  • ENGL 392G: Mythology
  • ENGL 401: Advanced Study in English Literature I
  • ENGL 405: Chaucer
  • ENGL 407: Milton
  • ENGL/THTR 408: Shakespeare I
  • ENGL/THTR 409: Shakespeare II
  • ENGL 421: Advanced Study in a Literary Period or Movement*
  • ENGL 422: Advanced Study in a Literary Form or Genre*
  • ENGL 423: Advanced Study in a Major Author*
  • ENGL 424: Advanced Study in a Major Text*
  • ENGL/THTR 437: English Drama to 1642
  • ENGL 452: History of the English Language
  • FREN 381: Survey of French Literature I
  • FREN 451: Special Topics in French*
  • GER 391: History of the German Language
  • GER 431: German Lyric Poetry
  • HIST 101G: Roots of Modern Europe
  • HIST 211G: East Asia to 1600
  • HIST 221G: Islamic Civilization to 1800
  • HIST 311: Colonial Latin America
  • HIST 323: Cultural History of Later Imperial China
  • HIST 372: The Roman World
  • HIST 375: Europe and the New World
  • HIST 381G: Early Russia
  • HIST 383: Germany
  • HIST 387: Spain
  • HIST 388: Women in Europe I
  • HIST 392: Virgin Queen: Elizabeth of England
  • HIST 392: Stuart England: Century of Revolutions
  • HIST 400: Special Topics*
  • HIST 433: Renaissance and Reformation
  • HIST 434: Age of Absolutism and the Baroque
  • HIST 4/542: Art and Life in Renaissance Italy
  • HIST 451: Colonial Mexico
  • HIST 471: China through the Ming Dynasty
  • HON 220G: The World of the Renaissance: Discovering the Modern
  • HON 222G: Foundations of Western Culture
  • HON 224G: God and Nature
  • HON 229G: The New Testament as Literature
  • HON 234G: The Worlds of Arthur
  • HON 239G: Medieval Understandings: Literature and Culture in the Middle Ages
  • HON 326G: Art and Mythology
  • HON 355G: Sexuality in Christianity and Islam
  • HON 400: Thesis*
  • MUS 302: History and Literature of Music to 1750
  • MUS 420: Music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance
  • MUS 421: Music of the Baroque Era
  • PHIL 342: Medieval Philosophy
  • PHIL 344: Modern Philosophy
  • PHIL 3/463: Directed Readings*
  • SPAN 306: Special Topics*
  • SPAN 386: Survey of Spanish Peninsular Literature through the Seventeenth Century
  • THTR 312: Acting Shakespeare
  • WS 250: Special Topics*

Minor: Rhetoric and Professional Communication

Students earning a B.A. in English must earn at least 6 credits approved by the Department of English undergraduate adviser beyond those earned for the major in order to earn a minor in Rhetoric and Professional Communication.

1.) Three credits from the following 3-credit hour courses:

  • ENGL 220G: Introduction to Creative Writing 
  • ENGL 243: The Bible as Literature* 
  • ENGL 251: Survey of American Literature I 
  • ENGL 252: Survey of American Literature II 
  • ENGL 261: Masterpieces of Western European Literature, Beginnings to the Renaissance*
  • ENGL 262: Masterpieces of Western European Literature, Post-Renaissance to Modern 
  • ENGL 263: The Western Rhetorical Tradition 
  • ENGL 271: English Literature I* 
  • ENGL 272: English Literature II*

*Students may make one or two of the following substitutions: HON 229G for ENGL 243; HON 220G, 234G, or 239G for ENGL 261; HON 220G, 231G, 234G, or 239G for ENGL 271; HON 231G for ENGL 272.

2.) Three credits from the following 3-credit hour courses:

  • ENGL 203G: Business and Professional Communication 
  • ENGL 211G: Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences 
  • ENGL 218G: Technical and Scientific Communication 
  • ENGL 311G: Advanced Composition 
  • ENGL 318G: Advanced Technical and Professional Writing

3.) Twelve credits of Rhetoric and Professional Communication courses numbered 300 and above