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Literary Studies Minor

If you like to read books, watch movies, develop arguments, think critically about the world around you, discuss big ideas with friends and colleagues—and to do all of the above in small classes with one-on-one attention from great faculty members—then the Literary Studies Minor is for you!


Course Requirements: (18 hours)

1. Gateway to the English Major—ENGL 2025: Introduction to English Studies (COM2; 3 credits)

An introduction to all the English major has to offer!  Students will learn about literature, rhetoric, writing, and culture, and will read and discuss exciting texts with a small group of classmates.

2. Historical Period Classes (take any 2; 6 credits)

ENGL 3200: Medieval Literature
ENGL 3300: Shakespeare/Renaissance Literature
ENGL 3400: 18th Century Literature
ENGL 3500: 19th Century Literature
ENGL 3600: 20th Century & Contemporary Literature
ENGL 2425: Literatures in English I
ENGL 2430: Literatures in English II
ENGL 2435: Literatures in English III

The focus of each of these classes will vary by instructor.  Sample course topics include Modern British Literature, Victorian Women Writers, Contemporary Poetry, Chaucer, 18th Century Literature and Ecology, etc. 

3. 4000-Level Literature Electives (take any 3; 9 credits)

Pursue whatever type of literature interests you most!  Sample courses include Literature of Enslavement, Contemporary Irish Literature, Comedy Theory, The American Dream, Jane Austen, Shakespeare’s Comedies, etc.


Note: This minor is available only to non-English majors and non-English Education majors.

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