Minor in Literature

Non-English majors must complete courses from the list below. English majors must complete 15 additional credit hours (5 courses) beyond the 36 required for the major in order to qualify for any English minor or certificate.

At least 9 of the 18 credit hours must be at the 300 level and above.

Minor Requirements (18 cr)

  • ENG-L 202 Literary Interpretation
  • Choose one Background in British Literature from:
    • ENG-L306 Middle English Literature
    • ENG-L 309 Elizabethan Poetry
    • ENG-L 322 English Literature 1660 – 1789
    • ENG-G 301 History of the English Language
    • (other courses as approved by the English department)
  • Choose one Background in American Literature from:
    • ENG-L 351 American Literature 1800-1865
    • ENG-L 352 American Literature 1865-1914
    • ENG-L 355 American Fiction to 1900
    • ENG-L 356 American Poetry to 1900
    • ENG-L 361 Studies in 19th Century American Literature
    • Other courses may apply, consult with the English dept
  • Choose one Modern Literature from:
  • Choose one Literature in World & Cultural Context from:
    • CLAS-C 205 Classical Mythology
    • ENG-L 225 Introduction to Literary Masterpieces
    • ENG-L 378 Studies in Women and Literature
    • ENG-L 379 American Ethnic & Minority Literature
    • ENG-L 383 Studies in British or Commonwealth Culture
    • Other courses as approved by the English department
  • Choose one English elective.

Note: Other courses may apply toward the certificate as approved by the certificate advisors.


You will compile a portfolio of three literary projects of different focuses completed for courses and write a reflective essay of introduction. The portfolio will be reviewed by at least two English faculty. Your advisor will coordinate the portfolio review process.

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