The English minor helps students grow intellectually while polishing analytical, interpretative, and reasoning skills. Students from many fields learn how works of literature address urgent social, political, and personal issues of our time.


Study in the English minor helps students

    • Gain familiarity with classic and contemporary novels, plays, short stories, and poems
    • Understand how famous works of literature address important public or personal issues of their time and ours
    • Improve cognitive skills: reasoning, systematic thinking, attentive reading, verbal analysis
    • Formulate and support reasoned arguments about the meaning, interconnection, or importance of specific literary works
    • Improve written and oral communication skills
    • Develop an appreciation of human creative endeavor over time and across cultures

Complementary Majors

An English minor is an excellent complement for liberal arts students who are majoring in:

    • History
    • Philosophy
    • Social Science
    • Ethnic Studies
    • Gender Studies
    • Creative Writing

Professional Programs

The English minor builds cognitive skills that are particularly appropriate for students in professional programs such as:

    • Law
    • Politics
    • Marketing
    • Management
    • Policy studies
    • Fundraising
    • Theater
    • Human Services

A minor in English is also appropriate for students in scientific or technical majors who would like to broaden their education by pursuing non-vocational interests at the college level.

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