Minors permit students to use elective hours to satisfy a personal interest, to strengthen a degree in another discipline, or to enhance career opportunities by providing additional practice in writing and textual analysis.The Department of English offers minors in Creative Writing, Linguistics, Literature, Medical Humanities, and Rhetoric/Writing. Each minor consists of eighteen hours of study (six courses) from the introductory to the senior level, including historical surveys, major author courses, and courses in special topics. Courses taken for credit/no credit will not count toward the hours required for the minor.

Creative Writing

Explore intersections between creative practice and critical practice through your own Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetics, Screenwriting, Graphic Narratives and Digital Literature. Students transform their ideas into polished final products with the support of peers and faculty.

English Literature

The English Literature minor allows you to study what you love—and prepares you for the work that you will love! In dynamic discussion-based classes, you will analyze and discuss the forms of cultural expression that matter to you most: poems, novels, comics, plays, and films. In courses with award-winning faculty, you will be challenged, provoked, and inspired.


Linguists look at how people use language and try to find the rules that govern that use. The interdisciplinary minor in linguistics is useful for students majoring in a number of academic fields including foreign languages, English, sociology, anthropology, psychology, mathematics, communication, philosophy, computer science, and others.

Medical Humanities

This minor offers students, including students interested in health careers, an interdisciplinary program of study that will enhance their understanding of the humanistic dimensions of medicine and their ability to communicate effectively. Students will investigate the historical, philosophical, literary and ethical issues of medicine in the past and today and focus on changing concepts and perceptions of disease, health, medical authority and patient experiences. Students will be prepared to respond to a dynamic range of professional and personal issues related to health and illness, life and death.


The Rhetoric/Writing minor provides an understanding of how language and writing shape actions and attitudes and form persuasive discourse through study of rhetorical theory for writers, research methods in writing, and practice in a wide range of writing that college-educated graduates can be expected to produce in their civic and professional lives.

Course Information

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