Minor in English

Requirements

Admission to the English minor program Requirements:

  • grade of B or better in ENG 208 or ENG 250 or their equivalents;
  • Recommendation from one English instructor;
  • One writing sample, preferably an essay written for ENG 208 or ENG 250 or their equivalents;
  • An unofficial transcript; and
  • A statement of interest in the English minor.

All of these materials are to be given to the major/minor coordinator. Admission to the minor is conditional upon review by the major/minor coordinator. Students who are not approved by the major/minor coordinator may appeal to the department chair.

To graduate in the program, English minors must maintain a GPA of 2.0 or better in their minor coursework.  English minors are also expected to demonstrate academic and personal integrity in minor coursework and interactions with faculty and peers, as specified in the University's and department's Academic and Personal Integrity Policies. Violations of either will result in probation for the remainder of the student's minor coursework, in addition to other penalties deemed appropriate by the instructor and/or Major/Minor Review Committee. Further violations will result in dismissal from the minor, in addition to other penalties deemed appropriate by the instructor and/or Major/Minor Review Committee. Students may appeal such decisions to the department chair and/or university Academic Integrity Committee. 

Required pre-major courses 6 hours

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ENG 208 Introduction to Literature Studies 3
ENG 250 Introduction to Public and Professional Writing 3

Required course 3 hours

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ENG 399 Introduction to Methods of Literary Study 3

Elective English courses 12 hours

Choose four courses:
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ENG 360 Writing for Digital Media 3
ENG 365 Writing for Social Media 3
ENG 370 Multimedia Composition 3
ENG 375 Media Literacy 3
ENG 380 Business and Technical Writing 3
ENG 385 Fundamentals of Journalism 3
ENG 390 Theories of Composition and Language Acquisition 3
ENG 392 Creative Writing [Topic to be specified] 3
ENG 403 British Literary Foundations 3
ENG 405 American Literary Foundations 3
ENG 408 Multicultural Literature and Perspectives 3
ENG 410 Adolescent Literature 3
ENG 433 Seminar in Pre-1800 Literature [topic to be specified] 3
ENG 435 Seminar in Post-1800 Literature [topic to be specified] 3
ENG 441 Shakespeare 3
ENG 442 Major Author [topic to be specified] 3
ENG 495 Special Topics [topic to be specified] 1-5
ENG 499 Independent Study 1-3
Total: 21 hours

Note: ENG 320 Field Experience (3) or a consortium course (3 credit hours) may substitute for one elective.

Courses

ENG 208 - Introduction to Literature Studies (3)

Prepares students planning to major or minor in English for literary analysis through the study of representative examples of different genres of literature. Introduces the application of basic literary theories to the analysis of literature. Develops critical thinking, writing, and research skills through multiple drafts of essays about literature.

Prerequisites: GSR 102 and permission of the instructor.

ENG 250 - Introduction to Public and Professional Writing (3)

Surveys genres and modalities of professional writing, including social media and writing for the web. Provides an overview of areas such as digital publishing, new media journalism, business and technical writing, and editing. Develops a rhetorical understanding of professional writing as the ability to write in response to elements including audience, purpose, medium, and design.

Prerequisite: GSR 102 and permission of the instructor.

ENG 360 - Writing for Digital Media (3)

Study and intensive practice of writing in digital environments, with a focus on journalistic contexts. Examines technical and rhetorical features of online environments, including interactivity, hyperlinking, spatial orientation, and non-linear storytelling. Focuses on the writing conventions and standards of digital media, as well as editing techniques and competencies.

Prerequisite: ENG 250 or permission of the instructor.

ENG 365 - Writing for Social Media (3)

Study and intensive practice of writing in social media genres such as blogs and tweets. Examines rhetorical conventions for digital communication and the dissemination of information through social media for professional purposes, including developing a business social media strategy. Integrates editing techniques and competencies. May also cover theoretical issues such as copyright and authorship, visual literacy, and collaborative online environments.

Prerequisite: ENG 250 or permission of the instructor.

ENG 370 - Multimedia Composition (3)

Study and intensive practices of inventing, shaping, producing, and delivering text, audio, video, and images aesthetically and purposefully. Examines various genres of and technical platforms for multimedia composition. Integrates editing techniques and competencies. May also cover theoretical issues relevant to digital media such as universal access and participatory culture.

Prerequisite: ENG 250 or permission of the instructor.

ENG 375 - Media Literacy (3)

Study of media literacy, including techniques and strategies used to analyze the use of diverse media to inform, entertain, and sell. Examines diverse media messages in advertisements, television, film, newspapers, magazines, and the Internet.

Prerequisite: GSR 102

ENG 380 - Business and Technical Writing (3)

Study and intensive practice of professional writing skills and genres, such as resumes, letters of application, emails, memos, proposals, short and long reports, and manuals. Designed for students in English Department programs.

Prerequisite: ENG 250 or permission of the instructor.

ENG 385 - Fundamentals of Journalism (3)

This course will deal with these features: news, feature, and editorial writing; copy editing and fact checking; headline writing; and page layout, both in print and online. This course touches on the growing possibilities and ethical considerations for journalism in the digital age.

Prerequisite: GSR 102

ENG 390 - Theories of Composition and Language Acquisition (3)

Surveys theories of composition and language acquisition, with the aim of providing a context for students interested in teaching professions. Examines current cognitive studies of how people learn and use language. Students will write compositions following the different approaches studied.

Prerequisite: GSR 102

ENG 392 - Creative Writing [Topic to be specified] (3)

Study and intensive practice of writing fiction, drama, poetry, and other creative forms. Analysis and critique of students' writings in group and individual conferences. May be repeated for a maximum of nine credit hours if topics differ.

Prerequisite: GSR 102

ENG 399 - Introduction to Methods of Literary Study (3)

Study of the terminology and techniques of literary study, with an emphasis on in-depth methods pertaining to analytical and critical essay writing. Introduces basic critical and theoretical methodologies required for the serious study of literature. Also covers documentation methods.

Prerequisite: ENG 208

ENG 403 - British Literary Foundations (3)

Introduction to genres, periods, and ideas that make up the literature of the United Kingdom, from the medieval era to the present. Examines texts and authors that exemplify major trends in British literary history, as well as representative works from multi-cultural literary traditions.

Prerequisite: ENG 208

ENG 405 - American Literary Foundations (3)

Introduction to genres, periods, and ideas that make up the literature of the United States, from its origins to the present. Examines texts and authors that exemplify major trends in American literary history, as well as representative works from multi-cultural literary traditions.

Prerequisite: ENG 208

ENG 408 - Multicultural Literature and Perspectives (3)

This course provides students with an overview of multicultural literature in conjunction with the historical and contemporary issues facing each culture. The texts discussed in this course may include Hispanic/Chicano/Chicana literature, African American literature, American Indian literature, Deaf literature, Gay/Lesbian literature, English from the former colonies/postcolonial literature, and others. The course will focus on the techniques and strategies implemented by the authors to undermine and question mainstream attitudes and values through an investigation of questions such as these: What is "minority?" How is identity formulated in the margins?

Prerequisite or Co-Requisite: ENG 208

ENG 410 - Adolescent Literature (3)

Introduction to quality adolescent literature and examination of issues relevant to the reading and teaching of the genre. The history and characteristics of adolescent literature will be explored, along with theoretical approaches to reading and interpretation, issues of multiculturalism and diversity, and the relationships between adolescent literature and 'classic' adult literature.

Prerequisite: ENG 208 or permission of instructor

ENG 433 - Seminar in Pre-1800 Literature [topic to be specified] (3)

In-depth study of literature in the context of significant theoretical questions. Examines primarily American and British texts exemplary of key moments, movements, and discourses. May also include authors writing in English from other cultures. May be repeated for credit if topics differ.

Prerequisites: ENG 403 and 405, or permission of the instructor

ENG 435 - Seminar in Post-1800 Literature [topic to be specified] (3)

In-depth study of literature in the context of significant theoretical questions. Examines primarily American and British texts exemplary of key moments, movements, and discourses. May also include authors writing in English from other cultures. May be repeated for credit if topics differ.

Prerequisite: ENG 208

ENG 441 - Shakespeare (3)

This course is an analysis of the poetic and dramatic structure of some of Shakespeare's major comedies, tragedies, romances, and history plays, with a consideration of the background of the plays.

Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: ENG 208 or permission of the instructor.

ENG 442 - Major Author [topic to be specified] (3)

This course is a study of the life and works of a major author writing in the English language, such as Chaucer or Milton. The author to be studied in any given semester will be announced at registration.

Pre- or co-requisite: ENG 399 or permission of the instructor.

ENG 495 - Special Topics [topic to be specified] (1-5)

Special topics in the discipline, designed primarily for seniors. May be repeated for credit if topics differ.

Prerequisite: permission of the instructor

ENG 499 - Independent Study (1-3)

Individual work for juniors and seniors in an area of special interest; designed and carried out by the student in consultation with the instructor.

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.