Majors, minors + certificates

Minor in English (ENGMIN)Department of English

Students on Summer 2018, Fall 2018, or Spring 2019 requirements.

Description

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.

Minor requirements

The minor requires at least 15 credit hours (above the 100 level), including the requirements listed below.

  1. Introductory course. One (1) course from the .
    • P: Completion of the English composition requirement. R: Completion within the first 9 credit hours of the major. Introduces four principles essential to advanced study of literature: attention to language and varieties of figurative language, analysis of generic forms and modes, awareness of historical context and mediation of forms, and facility with traditional and contemporary theories of literature. (3 credit hours.)
  2. Introductory Genre course. One (1) course from the .
    • (must be approved for CASE Intensive Writing) Acquaints students with characteristics of drama as a type of literature through the study of representative significant plays. Readings will include plays from several ages and countries. (3 credit hours.)
    • (must be approved for CASE Intensive Writing) Representative works of fiction; structural techniques in the novel. Novels and short stories from several ages and countries. (3 credit hours.)
    • (must be approved for CASE Intensive Writing) Kinds, conventions, and elements of poetry in a selection of poems from several historical periods. (3 credit hours.)
    • (must be approved for CASE Intensive Writing) Varieties of nonfictional prose, such as autobiography, biography, and the essay. Representative works from several periods and countries. (3 credit hours.)
  3. Literary history courses. Two (2) courses from the .
    • P: Completion of the English composition requirement. R: Completion within first 21 credit hours of major. A broad overview of the varied origins and functions of literature in Medieval and Early Modern cultures. Tells the story of the consolidation of English language and literature. (3 credit hours.)
    • P: Completion of the English composition requirement. R: Completion within first 21 credit hours of major. A broad overview of the development of British and American literature in the era of empire, industry, and revolution. Tells the story of the expansion of English language and literature. (3 credit hours.)
    • P: Completion of the English composition requirement. R: Completion within first 21 credit hours of major. A broad overview of the spread of global English in the wake of Anglo-American ascendancy and the subsequent rise of post-colonial/diasporic literatures. Tells the story of the global dissemination of English and Anglophone literature. (3 credit hours.)
  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, Minimum Grade, and Other Requirements. Each of the following:
    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.

Notes

  • * ENG-W 202 and ENG-W 205 are not approved for inclusion in the minor.
  • * Students may complete both the minor in English and another minor offered by the Department of English as long as different courses are chosen to complete each minor. Students pursuing a major in English are not eligible for this minor.