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English Literary Studies Minor

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The minor in English Literary Studies offers the opportunity to study literature, develop critical thinking, writing, and research skills alongside the enjoyment of literature.  The minor is structured to allow students to choose courses of greatest interest and/or to create an area of specialization.  For example, if you have a strong interest in myth, you could choose more than one course in that area. 

Whether we are analyzing Shakespeare’s plays, Lord of the Rings, or deconstructing commercials according to symbolic content, etc., we read deeply and closely.  Our program is exceptionally interdisciplinary – including choices from theatre, the arts, creative writing, communication, history, and professional writing.  Students may choose to focus their elective courses on a wide range of topics including, but not limited to the following:

  • African American/Africa Diaspora Studies
  • American Literature & Culture
  • British Literature & Culture
  • Children’s Literature
  • Creative Writing
  • Cultural Studies
  • Drama/Theater
  • Feminisms, Genders, & Sexualities
  • Film & Media Studies
  • Folklore/Fairy Tale
  • Genre studies (e.g., from epic to romance, and from film noir to the sitcom)
  • Historical contextualization
  • Mythology
  • Popular Culture
  • Postcolonial Studies


Choose six (6) courses for 18 credit hours.  At least three (3) courses from the list must contain the ENG prefix. 

Note: Elementary Education majors taking the English Literary Studies minor and pursuing the middle school extension or endorsement to their teaching licenses should choose six (6) courses with ENG prefix to meet requirements in most states

Note:  Variable topics courses may be repeated if the topic varies in the repeated course.  The course, but not the topic, may be repeated for credit. For example, a student may repeat ENG 280 and/or ENG 350 to satisfy elective requirements, if the topic varies. 

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