Minors and Companion Programs

A Literature major or English 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.

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.

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.


English Minor


ENGL 267 or 268 Survey of British Literature

ENGL 277 or 278 Survey of American Literature

ENGL 275 Methods of Literary Studies

Upper-division Linguistics course (choose 1)

Upper-division English and/or Linguistics courses (choose 2)

Writing course numbered 200 or higher (choose 1)