English Minors

Creative Writing Minor


Design Your English Minor (15 units)

Three Easy Steps:

  1. Take one 200-level English class.
  2. Take four more 200-500-level English classes.
  3. Earn Your Minor in English!

Needs ideas?  We’ve got you covered. Get an English minor using one of these pathways, or customize your own:

Business

Healthcare Professionals

English Language

Teaching English as a Second Language

Adolescent Literature

Multi-Ethnic Literatures

Language and Culture

Future High School Teachers

“Culture, Creativity, Technology”

The Legendary Minor


Business

English 20200 Engaging English
This theme-based course introduces students to the field of English Studies, and provides the foundational liberal arts skills they need to thrive in any field they choose.  It teaches, for instance, critical and creative thinking, reading, and writing using a variety of historical and contemporary textual media, from texts and books to films, TV shows, comics, the Internet, video games, and more. 

English 22400 Literature, Money, and Markets
This course explores the interconnections among markets, business and its management, and literature. It examines representations of traditional markets (industry, finance, and global trade) and alternative markets (the market in bodies, the black market and the digital marketplace economy). It also illustrates the business of thinking about business, and engages with alternative viewpoints about business practices, literature, and individual consciousness in the technodigital age.

English 34300 Labor and Literature
This course introduces students to the transformative synergy between the labor of literature and labor within literature. In contrast to accepting the marketplace as a societal monolith, its readings illustrate the role of labor in creation.  This course will examine labor taken in its broadest sense, from the labor of self-fashioning to the labor of industries; the labor of life and the labor of destruction; and the implications of the laboring body from market creation to market collapse. 

English 4200 Business Writing
Workplace writing in networked environments for management contexts. Emphasizes organizational context, project planning, document management, ethics, research, team writing. Typical genres include management memos, reports, letters, e-mail, resumes (print and online), and oral presentations.

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Healthcare Professionals

English 20200 Engaging English
This theme-based course introduces students to the field of English Studies, and provides the foundational liberal arts skills they need to thrive in any field they choose.  It teaches, for instance, critical and creative thinking, reading, and writing using a variety of historical and contemporary textual media, from texts and books to films, TV shows, comics, the Internet, video games, and more. 

English 22600 Narrative Medicine
“Narrative medicine” encompasses stories about the interior lives of doctors and medical professionals, the complexities of medicine past and present, and health-care for patients and their families.  Ultimately, this course emphasizes the essential role of rhetoric and storytelling in the face of medical crisis and uses stories about illness to explore the human condition.

English 42200 Writing for the Health and Human Sciences
This course applies rhetorical principles to writing in health, hospitality, nutrition, nursing and related fields in the Health and Human Sciences.  Learning objectives include familiarity with: the best practices and procedures for documenting patient care; adapting medical language and requirements for a non-specialist audience; composing and delivering policies or new procedures to colleagues or co-workers, including in-services, grants, and office memos; and practical strategies for improving your resume, conduct, and online presence in the healthcare industry.

English 43900 Topics in Disability Studies
This class explores the cultural, social, and political meanings and effects of disability in relation to literature or rhetoric.

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English Language

ENGL 22700 Elements Of Linguistics

A summary of what is known about human language, its structure, its universality, and its diversity; language in its social setting; language in relation to other aspects of human inquiry and knowledge.

ENGL 32700 English Language I: History And Development

Introduction to the history of the English language, its sounds, inflections, words, and sentence structures, as well as cultural and historical events affecting this history, and the interplay between language and literature.

ENGL 32800 English Language II: Structure And Meaning

The course examines the structure of American English and its dialects, with emphasis on syntax and semantics, including parts of speech, sentence structure, and meaning.

ENGL 32900 English Language III: Sound And Form

The course explores the structure of American English and its dialects, with emphasis on phonology and morphology.

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Teaching English as a Second Language

ENGL 22700 Elements Of Linguistics

A summary of what is known about human language, its structure, its universality, and its diversity; language in its social setting; language in relation to other aspects of human inquiry and knowledge.

ENGL 49000 Worksite Internship Practicum in Teaching ESL
This course facilitates the transition between an English undergraduate degree and the workplace or professional life. The course has two components: a professor-guided component and a practicum component in a chosen area.

ENGL 51600 Teaching English As A Second Language: Theoretical Foundations

This class surveys theories of learning and teaching English as a second/foreign/international language. Its focus is on current theories and their implications for practice.

ENGL 51800 Teaching English As A Second Language: Principles And Practices

This class focuses on issues and principles in ESL/EFL program development. Its emphasis is on practical application of theory in a variety of English learning and teaching contexts in the U.S. and abroad.

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Adolescent Literature

English 20200 Engaging English
This theme-based course introduces students to the field of English Studies, and provides the foundational liberal arts skills they need to thrive in any field they choose.  It teaches, for instance, critical and creative thinking, reading, and writing using a variety of historical and contemporary textual media, from texts and books to films, TV shows, comics, the Internet, video games, and more. 

ENGL 37300 Science Fiction And Fantasy

Representative works of science fiction and fantasy examined in relation to both mainstream and popular literature. Emphasis is on technique, theme, and form.

English 38900 Literature for Children
This course surveys eighteenth, nineteenth-century, and early-twentieth-century literature for children, including the so-called "golden age" of children's myth, fairy tales, and fantasy, as well as domestic fiction for girls and adventure books for boys.

English 39200 Young Adult Literature
This course examines Young Adult literature as a genre crafted for adolescents.  Using both classic and contemporary novels, it explores how YA literature is defined, and what it offers to adolescent readers.  Subjects include: the commodification of adolescent life; representations of adolescents in literature; adolescence and race, social class, gender, and sexual orientation.

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Multi-Ethnic Literatures

English 20200 Engaging English This theme-based course introduces students to the field of English Studies, and provides the foundational liberal arts skills they need to thrive in any field they choose.  It teaches, for instance, critical and creative thinking, reading, and writing using a variety of historical and contemporary textual media, from texts and books to films, TV shows, comics, the Internet, video games, and more. 

ENGL 25700 Literature Of Black America

This class surveys literature written by black American authors. It pays close attention to the history of black literature and its historical context, as well as to major works by black writers.

ENGL 35200 Native American Literature

This course explores literature by Native American authors in a variety of genres—novels, short stories, poetry, and autobiography—using literary analysis, as well as historical, legal, and ethnographic materials.

ENGL 36600 Postcolonial Literatures

This course examines the literature, film, and theory that emerged in colonized countries during and after Western rule.

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Language and Culture

ENGL 22700 Elements of Linguistics

A summary of what is known about human language, its structure, its universality, and its diversity; language in its social setting; language in relation to other aspects of human inquiry and knowledge.

ENGL 22800 Language and Social Identity
This course introduces linguistic diversity, including regional, cultural, and stylistic variation within a single language, code-switching in bilingual communities, and colonial, immigrant, Creole, indigenous, and sign languages. It also explores the role of language in supporting various types of social identity (e.g. age, gender, social class, race, ethnicity) as well power structures that enable discrimination against less powerful groups.

ENGL 22900 Creole Languages and Cultures
This course introduces pidgin and creole languages by focusing on geography and some of their cultural manifestations such as music, food and literature. The course also presents a general view of the historical events that led to the formation of creole languages and to the development of the African diaspora.

ENGL 56500 Sociolinguistics
An introduction to language in its social context, focusing on uses and users of language. Topics include: social class, ethnic group, gender, language attitudes, bilingualism, language contact, and dialects.

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Future High School Teachers

English 20200 Engaging English
This theme-based course introduces students to the field of English Studies, and provides the foundational liberal arts skills they need to thrive in any field they choose.  It teaches, for instance, critical and creative thinking, reading, and writing using a variety of historical and contemporary textual media, from texts and books to films, TV shows, comics, the Internet, video games, and more.

English 39200 Young Adult Literature
This course examines Young Adult literature as a genre crafted for adolescents.  Using both classic and contemporary novels, as well as relevant theoretical and research texts, it explores how YA literature is defined, and what it offers to adolescent readers.  This exploration also uses relevant literary, social, cognitive-psychological and pedagogical theories to consider various “big picture” issues, such as the commodification of adolescent life; representations of adolescents in literature; adolescent identity and race, social class, gender, sexual orientation and culture; and the role of literature in the modern classroom.

English 39100 Composition for English Teachers
This course focuses on the teaching of writing in the secondary English classroom.  Grounded in writing process theory and practice, it emphasizes developing prompts, incorporating a variety of genres, and offering choice of topics as well as encouraging engagement, collaboration, and creativity while touching on differentiation for diverse learners.  Projects and activities include lesson planning and teaching presentations as well as ongoing reflection on the efficacy of specific instructional methods including pedagogical grammar in conjunction with student writing, particularly in the context of response and revision.

English 49200 Literature in Secondary Schools
This course focuses on the teaching of literature (including film, media, and visual images) in the secondary English classroom, with an emphasis on the diversity of literary works in terms of their authorship as well as the variety of digital and print texts.  To develop your understanding of both content and instruction, you will explore a wide range of topics related to the teaching and learning of literature, informed by theories of textual interpretation such as Reader Response.  From the perspective of teacher and student, you will reflect on the efficacy of specific teaching methods as well as issues involved in instructional planning to successfully teach diverse students. 

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“Culture, Creativity, Technology”

English 20200 Engaging English
This theme-based course introduces students to the field of English Studies, and provides the foundational liberal arts skills they need to thrive in any field they choose.  It teaches, for instance, critical and creative thinking, reading, and writing using a variety of historical and contemporary textual media, from texts and books to films, TV shows, comics, the Internet, video games, and more. 

English 22300 Literature and Technology
This class uses literature to explore how technological innovation both enables and constrains creativity.  It introduces students to the basics of narrative theory, remediation, and historical and contemporary forms of interactive textual media, from the physical to the digital.  It also explores how technology has been represented in literature, and examines the relationship between literature and new media (film, television, video games, etc.).

English 32200 Word, Image, Media
This course explores what images are, how they mean, and how they interact with literature, language, technology, and culture. From decoding advertising images to determining the truth of digital photography, this course will explore a broad range of ethical questions in a variety of contemporary contexts including new media, vision as information processing, and biometrics.

English 41900 Multimedia Writing
Multimedia writing for networked contexts. Emphasizes principles, and practices of multimedia design, implementation, and publishing. Typical genres include Web sites, interactive media, digital video, visual presentations, visual argument, and user documentation.

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And Introducing…The Legendary Minor

Figures of Myth and Legend: Monsters
This course traces specific monster case studies—e.g., dragons, werecreatures, or sea monsters—across a variety of genres and media from the ancient to the modern period. It explores the way monsters help us define and police the boundaries of what it means to be human, and provide a common language for crystallizing specific social, ethnic, and national practices.

Figures of Myth and Legend: Magic and Marvels
This course surveys stories of wizards, witches, and more, exploring the allure of all things marvelous, strange, and magical.  It considers how language itself constitutes a kind of magic; examines magic as technology, or vice versa; and seeks to understand how people across history have used stories of magic to reinforce or upend the status quo.  Texts may include modern classics by J.R.R Tolkien, Diana Wynne Jones, and J.K. Rowling.

Figures of Myth and Legend: Heroes and Villains
This class offers in-depth explorations of the larger-than-life leaders (on the side of good, and sometimes evil, too) who have become models for how we think of heroism, charisma, and what it means to seek and wield power over others.  From the chivalric Knights of the Round Table, to the frightening energy of the Viking comitatus bands, to roving pirates of the high seas, it will show that no models of mythic leadership come without their complications or admirable qualities.

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