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Department of English Language and Literature

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Explore Our Minors

The English department offers four different minors. Each one can be paired with any major on campus and tailored to meet your needs and interests. The skills and experiences you’ll gain in English add tremendous value to most any degree.

English Minor

The English Minor provides advanced skills in writing, interpretation, and critical and creative thinking—skills vital to a 21st century career in a wide range of fields.

  • Choose any 1 ENGL course at the 200-level
  • Choose any 5 additional ENGL courses numbered 300 or above—from offerings in literature, creative writing, professional writing and rhetoric, film and media, and linguistics

Creative Writing Minor

The Creative Writing Minor provides advanced training in the genres that most interest you—poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction—in whatever combination you choose.

  • Choose any 1 ENGL course at the 200-level
  • Creative Writing - ENGL 360
  • Choose any 2 regular or advanced creative writing courses at the 400-level (ENGL 460, 464, 465, 469, 491, 492, 493)
  • Choose any 1 advanced creative writing course (ENGL 491, 492, 493)
  • Choose any 1 elective ENGL course at the 300-500 level


Professional Writing and Communication Minor

The minor in Professional Writing and Communication provides training in the various genres of business, technical, and digital writing and communication vital to any 21st century career.

Required Courses (6 hours):

  • One 200 level ENGL course (3 hours)
  • ENGL 363 (Introduction to Professional Writing)

Four courses (12 hours) chosen from:

  • ENGL/SPCH 387 (Intro to Rhetoric)
  • ENGL 460 (Advanced Writing)
  • ENGL 462 (Technical Writing)
  • ENGL 463 (Business Writing)
  • ENGL 468 (Digital Writing)
  • ENGL 469 (Creative Nonfiction)
  • ENGL 494 (Advanced Professional Writing)
  • ENGL 466 (Internship)
  • SPCH 330 (Small Group Communication)
  • SPCH 331 (Organizational Communication)
  • SPCH 380 (Persuasive Communication)
  • SPCH 441 (Rhetorical Criticism)
  • SPCH 464 (Speechwriting)

Speech Communication Minor

The Speech Communication Minor provides skills, knowledge, and experiences vital to effective communication—in business, organizational, political, and cultural settings.

  • Choose any 6 SPCH courses numbered 300 and above

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