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2020-2021 Catalogue 
2020-2021 Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English Minor

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Leslie Wingard, Chair
Bryan Alkemeyer
Katharine Beutner
Jennifer Hayward
Christopher Kang
Thomas Prendergast
Susanna Sacks


The South African writer Nadine Gordimer once said that “writing is making sense of life.” The challenge and pleasure for both writers and readers is to make sense of the writing that makes sense of life. The English Department offers the student a unique opportunity to encounter a rich variety of texts in which English, American, and Anglophone writers inscribe meaning into our world. Students discover their own relationship with the world as they hone their skills in reading imaginatively, thinking analytically, and expressing their thoughts clearly, creatively, and persuasively both orally and in writing.

Courses in English are designed to explore texts across historical periods, cultures, geographical regions and theoretical approaches so as to invite students to ask a wide and diverse range of questions. The curriculum is organized according to those questions-whether they aim to illuminate the cultural construction of gender, sexuality, race, or ethnicity, the career of a single writer, a period in literary history, a literary genre, a reader’s response to texts, or creative writing in fictional and non-fictional forms.

Minor in English

Consists of six courses:

Special Notes

  • ENGL 120xx is strongly recommended as the first course in English for nonmajors and is required for majors and minors. For first year students only, ENGL 120xx or permission of the instructor is required before enrolling in courses numbered ENGL-210xx-250xx; for all students, ENGL 120xx is a prerequisite before enrolling in ENGL-20000.
  • In addition to ENGL 120xx (Comparative Literature emphasis), one other Comparative Literature course from Group I may count toward the English major or minor (see Comparative Literature, Group I). Other cross-listed courses include SPAN 21300 (U.S. Latino Literatures and Cultures) and THTD 30103 - Playwriting .
  • The ACM Newberry Seminar is the only course that may be substituted for ENGL 300xx.
  • AP credits do not count toward the major, minor, or distribution.
  • Only grades of C- or better are accepted for the major or minor.

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