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Department of English

Minor in English

Students on Summer 2018, Fall 2018, or Spring 2019 requirements ENGMIN
The Minor in English provides students with a course of study that deepens literary and rhetorical analysis, builds critical writing skills, and offers specialized knowledge of particular genres, cultural forms, and literary history. The minor enhances a number of majors and career possibilities by foregrounding the power of language, critical analysis, and communication skills.


The minor requires at least 15 credit hours (above the 100 level), including the requirements listed below.
  1. Introductory course. One (1) course:
    • ENG-L 260 Introduction to Advanced Study of Literature
  2. Introductory Genre course. One (1) course:
    • ENG-L 203 Introduction to Drama (must be approved for CASE Intensive Writing)
    • ENG-L 204 Introduction to Fiction (must be approved for CASE Intensive Writing)
    • ENG-L 205 Introduction to Poetry (must be approved for CASE Intensive Writing)
    • ENG-L 206 Introduction to Prose (Excluding Fiction) (must be approved for CASE Intensive Writing)
  3. Literary history courses. Two (2) courses:
    • ENG-L 310 Literary History 1: Beginnings through the Seventeenth Century
    • ENG-L 312 Literary History 2: Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
    • ENG-L 316 Literary History 3: Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries
  4. Electives. One English elective at the 300–499 level (may include ENG-L 310, ENG-L 312 or ENG-L 316 if not used to fulfill requirement 3 above).
  5. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the minor.
    4. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the minor—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    5. Exceptions to minor requirements may be made with the approval of the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.