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Department of English

Minor in English

Students on Summer 2019, Fall 2019, or Spring 2020 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.

Requirements

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 from the lists below. Courses chosen must be from two (2) different Literary History lists.
    • Beginnings through the Eighteenth Century
      • ENG-L 305 Chaucer
      • ENG-L 306 Middle English Literature
      • ENG-L 307 Medieval and Tudor Drama
      • ENG-L 308 Elizabethan and Seventeenth-Century Drama
      • ENG-L 309 Elizabethan Poetry
      • ENG-L 310 Literary History 1: Beginnings through the Seventeenth Century
      • ENG-L 313 Early Plays of Shakespeare
      • ENG-L 314 Late Plays of Shakespeare
      • ENG-L 317 English Poetry of the Early Seventeenth Century
      • ENG-L 318 Milton
      • ENG-L 350 Early American Writing and Culture to 1800
      • ENG-L 367 Literature of the Bible
    • Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
      • ENG-L 312 Literary History 2: Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
      • ENG-L 320 Restoration and Early Eighteenth-Century Literature
      • ENG-L 327 Later Eighteenth-Century Literature
      • ENG-L 328 Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Drama
      • ENG-L 332 Romantic Literature
      • ENG-L 335 Victorian Literature
      • ENG-L 347 British Fiction to 1800
      • ENG-L 348 Nineteenth-Century British Fiction
      • ENG-L 351 American Literature 1800-1865
      • ENG-L 352 American Literature 1865-1914
      • ENG-L 355 American Fiction to 1900
      • ENG-L 356 American Poetry to 1900
    • Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries
      • ENG-L 316 Literary History 3: Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries
      • ENG-L 345 Twentieth-Century British Poetry
      • ENG-L 346 Twentieth-Century British Fiction
      • ENG-L 354 American Literature since 1914
      • ENG-L 357 Twentieth-Century American Poetry
      • ENG-L 358 American Literature, 1914-1960
      • ENG-L 359 American Literature, 1960-Present
      • ENG-L 360 American Prose (Excluding Fiction)
      • ENG-L 363 American Drama
      • ENG-L 365 Modern Drama: Continental
      • ENG-L 366 Modern Drama: English, Irish, American, and Post-Colonial
      • ENG-L 374 Ethnic American Literature
      • ENG-L 375 Studies in Jewish Literature
      • ENG-L 380 Literary Modernism
      • ENG-L 381 Recent Writing
      • ENG-L 396 Studies in African American Literature and Culture
  4. Electives. One English elective at the 300–499 level (may be fulfilled by a course from the Literary History lists if not used to fulfill requirement 3 above).
    • Additional course from the Literary History lists
    • ENG-G 302 Structure of Modern English
    • ENG-G 405 Studies in English Language
    • ENG-L 305 Chaucer
    • ENG-L 306 Middle English Literature
    • ENG-L 307 Medieval and Tudor Drama
    • ENG-L 308 Elizabethan and Seventeenth-Century Drama
    • ENG-L 309 Elizabethan Poetry
    • ENG-L 310 Literary History 1: Beginnings through the Seventeenth Century
    • ENG-L 312 Literary History 2: Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
    • ENG-L 313 Early Plays of Shakespeare
    • ENG-L 314 Late Plays of Shakespeare
    • ENG-L 316 Literary History 3: Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries
    • ENG-L 317 English Poetry of the Early Seventeenth Century
    • ENG-L 318 Milton
    • ENG-L 320 Restoration and Early Eighteenth-Century Literature
    • ENG-L 327 Later Eighteenth-Century Literature
    • ENG-L 328 Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Drama
    • ENG-L 332 Romantic Literature
    • ENG-L 335 Victorian Literature
    • ENG-L 345 Twentieth-Century British Poetry
    • ENG-L 346 Twentieth-Century British Fiction
    • ENG-L 347 British Fiction to 1800
    • ENG-L 348 Nineteenth-Century British Fiction
    • ENG-L 350 Early American Writing and Culture to 1800
    • ENG-L 351 American Literature 1800-1865
    • ENG-L 352 American Literature 1865-1914
    • ENG-L 354 American Literature since 1914
    • ENG-L 355 American Fiction to 1900
    • ENG-L 356 American Poetry to 1900
    • ENG-L 357 Twentieth-Century American Poetry
    • ENG-L 358 American Literature, 1914-1960
    • ENG-L 359 American Literature, 1960-Present
    • ENG-L 360 American Prose (Excluding Fiction)
    • ENG-L 363 American Drama
    • ENG-L 364 Native American Literature
    • ENG-L 365 Modern Drama: Continental
    • ENG-L 366 Modern Drama: English, Irish, American, and Post-Colonial
    • ENG-L 367 Literature of the Bible
    • ENG-L 369 Studies in British and American Authors
    • ENG-L 371 Critical Practices
    • ENG-L 373 Interdisciplinary Approaches to English and American Literature
    • ENG-L 374 Ethnic American Literature
    • ENG-L 375 Studies in Jewish Literature
    • ENG-L 378 Studies in Women and Literature
    • ENG-L 380 Literary Modernism
    • ENG-L 381 Recent Writing
    • ENG-L 383 Studies in British or Commonwealth Culture
    • ENG-L 384 Studies in American Culture
    • ENG-L 387 Queer Literary Studies
    • ENG-L 389 Feminist Literary and Cultural Criticism
    • ENG-L 390 Children\'s Literature
    • ENG-L 391 Literature for Young Adults
    • ENG-L 393 Comics and the Graphic Novel
    • ENG-L 395 British and American Film Studies
    • ENG-L 396 Studies in African American Literature and Culture
    • ENG-L 399 Junior Seminar
    • ENG-L 450 Seminar: British and American Authors
    • ENG-L 460 Seminar: Literary Form, Mode, and Theme
    • ENG-L 470 Seminar: Literature and Interdisciplinary Studies
    • ENG-L 480 Seminar: Literature and History
    • ENG-L 499 Senior Independent Study for Honors Students
    • ENG-W 301 Writing Fiction
    • ENG-W 303 Writing Poetry
    • ENG-W 311 Writing Creative Nonfiction
    • ENG-W 321 Advanced Technical Writing
    • ENG-W 350 Advanced Expository Writing
    • ENG-W 381 The Craft of Fiction
    • ENG-W 383 The Craft of Poetry
    • ENG-W 401 Advanced Fiction Writing
    • ENG-W 403 Advanced Poetry Writing
    • ENG-W 410 Indiana Writing Workshop
    • ENG-W 413 Advanced Creative Nonfiction Writing
  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.