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English Minor

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Division of Humanities
  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2014
  • Required credits in this minor: 20
In English, students study literature and language, including its development over time and contemporary significance. Courses for both majors and non-majors offer a wide range of approaches and topics. Some courses focus on single authors, genres, or historical periods; others emphasize social contexts of literature, investigate representations of race or gender, or explore literary perceptions of the environment. Still others cover film, creative writing, and contemporary popular literature. Objectives--The curriculum introduces students to the main literary genres and important historical periods and movements in English; to representative works of British, American, and Anglophone literature; and to methods of critical interpretation. Students engage in critical reading, oral and written analysis of texts, formal argumentation, and research. English classes tend to be small and conversational. Students collaborate with one another by discussing subtle and complex texts while discovering their own interpretive voices by writing clear and persuasive essays.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Prerequisite Courses
ENGL 1601 or equivalent satisfies the College Writing/Writing for the Liberal Arts requirement and is a prerequisite for admission to the minor.
ENGL 1601 - Writing for the Liberal Arts [WLA] (4.0 cr)
or equivalent
Minor Requirements
Up to 4 credits of coursework with a grade of D or D+ may be used to meet the minor requirements. Courses may not be taken S-N, unless offered S-N only. A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required in the minor to graduate. The GPA includes all, and only, University of Minnesota coursework. Grades of "F" are included in GPA calculation until they are replaced.
Required Courses
ENGL 2501 - Literary Studies [HUM] (4.0 cr)
Take exactly 8 credit(s) from the following:
· ENGL 2201 - Survey of British Literature to the 18th Century [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2202 - Survey of British Literature from the 18th Century Forward [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2211 - Survey of American Literature to the Civil War [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2212 - Survey of American Literature from the Civil War Forward [HUM] (4.0 cr)
Elective Courses
4 of the 20 credits in the minor must have an HDIV designator at 2xxx or above. No more than 4 credits of 2xxx courses, other than the required surveys, may count in the major. A survey course, not used previously, may count as an elective.
Take at most 4 credit(s) from the following:
· ENGL 2014 - Introduction to Popular Literature: Science Fiction [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2015 - Introduction to Film Studies [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2022 - Sports Literature and Writing [ART/P] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2031 - Gender in Literature and Culture [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2041 - Introduction to African American Literature [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2059 - Introduction to Shakespeare [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2061 - Introduction to Popular Literature: Detection and Espionage in Fiction and Film [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2106 - Topics in Writing: The Environmental Imagination: Reading and Writing about the Natural World [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2121 - Topics in Writing: Introduction to Creative Writing [ART/P] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2201 - Survey of British Literature to the 18th Century [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2202 - Survey of British Literature from the 18th Century Forward [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2211 - Survey of American Literature to the Civil War [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2212 - Survey of American Literature from the Civil War Forward [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2411 - Representations of American Indians in Popular and Academic Culture [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2xxx
Take 4 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ENGL 3005 - Understanding Writing: Theories and Practices [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3012 - Advanced Fiction Writing [ART/P] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3015 - Writing Poetry for the 21st Century [ART/P] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3016 - Innovations on the Page [ART/P] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3017 - Book Publishing: History and Contemporary Trends [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3021 - Grammar and Language [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3032 - Creative Nonfiction Writing [ART/P] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3142 - The Rise of the Novel [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3153 - Gothic Literature [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3154 - 19th-Century British Fiction [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3155 - 20th-Century British Fiction [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3156 - Modern Irish Literature [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3157 - English Renaissance Drama [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3159 - Shakespeare: Studies in the Bard [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3161 - Medieval Literature [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3163 - Life in a Medieval City: Literature and Culture in York, 700-1500 [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3165 - English Renaissance Poetry and Prose [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3166 - Postcolonial Literature [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3168 - Victorian Literature and Culture [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3169 - The Construction of Nature in British Literature [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3253 - Modern and Postmodern Love in the Novel [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3261 - Modern British and American Poetry [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3262 - 20th-Century American Poetry: From Modern to Contemporary [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3281 - The Literature of Slavery [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3301 - U.S. Multicultural Literature [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3311 - American Indian Literature [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3312 - World Indigenous Literature and Film [IP] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3331 - African American Literature [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3332 - African American Women Writers [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3411 - Critical Approaches to Literature [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3414 - Feminist Theory [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3522 - Harlem Renaissance [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3xxx
· ENGL 4004 - Research Seminar: Old English Literature and Language [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 4012 - Research Seminar: Imagining the Earth [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 4017 - Research Seminar: Tricksters-Conjurers in American Indian and African American Literature [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 4023 - Research Seminar: Nationalism and Irish Literature [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 4024 - Research Seminar: Poet's Choice: The Book as the 25th Poem [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 4029 - Research Seminar: Perspectives on Literacy [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 4031 - Research Seminar: Renaissance Romance [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 4033 - Research Seminar: Ralph Ellison, Richard Wright, and J. Saunders Redding [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 4034 - Research Seminar: The Adventure Novel in American and British Literature [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 4xxx
 
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