Offered by the Department of English and Modern Languages
Professors Doerksen, Harris, Pifer, Sullivan-Blum, and Ulrich
Associate Professors Guignard (Chairperson), Washington
Assistant Professors Lint
Modern Languages faculty:
Associate Professors Arango-Keeth, Keeth and Oyallon
The English Literature minor program provides students with a strong grounding in the field of literary studies, with an emphasis on developing excellent analytical, critical thinking, writing, and research skills. The minor consists of 3 core courses and 3 elective courses. The core courses introduce students to the field of literary studies, focusing on key foundational literary texts and their influence, the practice of literary analysis and interpretation, and the significance of various critical approaches to literature. The elective courses allow students to shape the rest of their minor program according to their particular interests. Students from a variety of majors have successfully completed the English literature minor; the minor combines especially well with programs such as Philosophy, History, Spanish, Art History, Music, Mass Communication, Liberal Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, and Elementary Education. Students who successfully complete the English literature minor will be able to:
- Demonstrate their ability to interpret texts critically.
- Demonstrate their ability to situate literature in various contexts, including literary, cultural, and/or historical.
- Demonstrate their ability to conduct library research with effective use of print and electronic sources.
- Demonstrate their ability to understand writing as a process, to assess rhetorical contexts, and to revise written work effectively.
- Demonstrate their ability to conform to the prescriptive rules of standard written English.