Offered by the Department of Art, Communication, English and World Languages
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 the:
- Ability to analyze and interpret texts critically and convincingly.
- Ability to situate literature and language in various contexts, including literary, cultural, and historical.
- Ability to conduct research effectively and document sources appropriately.
- Ability to understand writing as a process, to assess rhetorical contexts, and to revise written work effectively.
- Ability to write clearly and purposefully, with attention to the grammar, mechanics, and other conventions of the English language.
- Ability to write effectively for specific professional contexts. (Professional Writing Track)