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Minors and Companion Programs

An English Literature major or English Literature minor is an excellent companion to many other degrees, combining the widely-applicable analytical and communication skills of a Literature degree with career specific training. The minor in English Literature exposes students to poetry, prose, drama, film, and other media. Minoring in English Literature will help you acquire a broad knowledge of literary figures and traditions, and it will develop your abilities to read critically and to write eloquently and persuasively.

English Literature Minor Courses

Take at least 2 of the bulleted courses below and the upper-division requirements in English Literature and Writing or Linguistics:

  • ENGLIT 267 – Survey of British Literature I (3)
  • ENGLIT 268 – Survey of British Literature II (3)
  • ENGLIT 277 – Survey of American Literature I (3)
  • ENGLIT 278 – Survey of American Literature II (3)
  • HCS 216 – Literature and Global Consciousness (3)

Upper-division English Literature courses (9 credits)

Upper-division Writing or Linguistics course (3 credits)

Companion Programs

The following companion programs typically include literature courses but are administered outside of the Department of English Literature:

Critical Theory Minor

The Critical Theory minor is an interdisciplinary program offering students a variety of critical theories and perspectives for better understanding, critiquing, and transforming contemporary social realities. The ability to think critically is a primary aim of an undergraduate education, and a critical theory minor offers a useful way for students who are exploring other fields of study to develop a background in critical ways of engaging the world. Initial courses introduce major strands of critical thought and thinkers who established a foundation for the emergence of critical theorizing. The rich diversity of elective courses provides an exemplary interdisciplinary experience with opportunities to explore the reach and influence of critical theory.

  • For more information, contact Dr. Gautam Basu Thakur, Director of the Critical Theory Minor, at

Gender Studies

Multicultural and interdisciplinary in approach, the Program seeks to address many of the current social, economic, professional, media, individual, and public policy issues revolving around discussions of gender and sexuality. Students examine the experiences of women and men and concepts of gender and sexuality within different cultural, social, economic, and religious contexts through the study of scholarship and creative works in a variety of fields. Thus, the course work seeks to provide students with essential preparation for lives and careers deeply impacted by ongoing debates regarding gender and sexuality in our society. Students taking course work in Gender Studies have the opportunity to earn a Minor Degree in Gender Studies.

Contact Information

For more information, contact Dr. Virginia Husting, Director of Gender Studies, at