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English Minor Course Requirements

English minors fulfill the following requirements over the four years. Most requirements are not for a specific course but for a type or level of course. This allows maximum flexibility as each student, in regular consultation with an English faculty advisor, works out an appropriate sequence of courses.

  1. One course in world literature or literature focusing on race or gender, appropriate as a first course in the department. Any of the following:
    Irish Literature
    Literary Studies in Gender
    Asian Literature
    Middle Eastern Literature
    African American Literature
    Russian Literature
  2. History of English Literature: a British literature survey course. The prerequisite is any college-level literature course. This is most appropriately taken as a second or third course in the minor.
  3. Literary Analysis: a theory and methods class preparing students for upper-level work. The prerequisite is History of English Literature. Literary Analysis must be taken before the seminar.
  4. Two additional English courses: one must be an upper-level course (numbered 335 or above); one can be a creative writing course. These can be taken at any point in the minor.
  5. One seminar, to be taken in junior or senior year. Intensive work on a single author, period, or topic, culminating in a long paper that combines research with original critical analysis and incorporates secondary criticism. The prerequisite is Literary Analysis.