Adding a minor in English to a degree allows students to increase the level of critical thinking skills they will already be practicing in their other major classes. It shows a dedication to analysis and analytic writing that not only is beneficial for their coursework across the university, but also demonstrates skills that are invaluable in a variety of careers. Students looking to enter in the fields of business, law, or other areas that value analysis, persuasive writing, and the ability to generate creative and compelling ideas from writing and spoken material will find the English major an excellent option.
A minor in English requires the completion of 18 hours in English courses numbers 300 or above.
A minor in French requires completion of 12 hours of French courses numbered 300 or above.
Latin American Studies Minor
18 hours of coursework are required for the Latin American Studies minor. Of the required 18 hours, at least 6 hours must be taken in the Behavioral and Social Sciences program AND at least 6 hours in the Foreign Language program.
Philosophy and Religion
A minor in Philosophy & Religion requires 18 credit hours in any combination of the two disciplines. Students choosing this minor are encouraged to take PHIL 110 – Introduction to Philosophy or PHIL 220 – Ethics (each of which satisfies the Humanities and Fine Arts component of the General Education curriculum) before enrolling for other courses.
A minor in Spanish requires completion of 12 hours of Spanish courses numbered 300 or above.
The Department of English and Foreign Languages offers a minor in Writing as a means to develop written communication skills that will be essential for success in any career path, within a coherent liberal-arts framework that reflects the mission of the College of Arts and Sciences. Students choosing this minor will select from a diverse roster of courses emphasizing both the practice of writing and the theories behind it. The culminating experience of the minor will be an individualized guided practicum that involves the creation of a portfolio that includes work of publishable quality. Either as an integrated part of the traditional English major or as a supplement to another major, the minor in Writing provides marketable skills that are also at the core of a liberal arts education.
A minor in Writing requires completion of ENG 490 and 18 additional credit hours from the following:
English: ENG 361, 380, 454, 455, 461, and 489
Communication Studies: COMS 330, 430, 435, and 450
Mass Communications: MC 200, 255, 265, 300, 310, 332, 355, 390, and 455
Management Information Systems: MIS 267
Philosophy: PHIL 180
Theater: THEA 371 and 471
Courses applied to the requirements for the English major may not also be counted toward the Writing minor.
The culminating experience of the minor will be an individualized guided practicum that involves the creation of a portfolio that includes work of publishable quality.