English Minor

The Minor in English provides students with a rich exploration of literature and language, fostering critical thinking and expressive writing skills. Through the study of classic and contemporary works, students expand their understanding of human experience, cultural diversity and literary techniques. This minor complements various majors, offering valuable insights into communication, analysis and creativity.


Students begin with foundational courses in English composition, building essential writing skills. They then delve into literature electives at the 300 and 400 levels, exploring a diverse range of texts across different genres, periods and cultures. This curated selection of courses offers students the opportunity to deepen their understanding of literary analysis and appreciation while honing their ability to articulate complex ideas through writing. Overall, the minor in English equips students with versatile communication skills and a profound appreciation for the power of language and storytelling.

For more information about the curriculum, view the Academic Catalog and English Course Rotation.

Students in English class

Creative Writing Minor

The Minor in Creative Writing offers students a dynamic platform to explore and develop their writing talents across various genres. Through courses in composition, introductory creative writing and specialized workshops, students cultivate their unique voice while gaining insights into literary techniques and storytelling. This minor enhances students' ability to communicate effectively, think critically and express themselves creatively, making it a valuable complement to any major.


Beginning with foundational English composition courses, students progress to an introduction to creative writing, laying the groundwork for their exploration of different writing styles and genres. They then select from a range of specialized workshops in poetry, screenwriting, fiction and creative nonfiction, deepening their understanding of specific literary forms. Finally, students choose additional courses from options such as short story writing, poetry analysis, dramatic literature and novel writing, further refining their craft and broadening their literary horizons. With a total of 24 credit hours, this minor empowers students to develop their writing skills and pursue their passion for creative expression.

For more information about the curriculum, view the Academic Catalog and English Course Rotation.

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Spanish Minor

The Minor in Spanish offers students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the rich linguistic and cultural heritage of the Spanish-speaking world. With courses ranging from intermediate language study to advanced-level exploration of Spanish literature, culture and linguistics, students gain a comprehensive understanding of the language and its global significance. This minor enhances students' cross-cultural competence, communication skills, and adaptability, providing a valuable asset for diverse career paths in an increasingly interconnected world.

Spanish class teacher talking to students

Contact Information

Hilary Donatini
Hilary Donatini, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Languages and Literatures
Professor of English
306 Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
Maura Grady
Maura Grady, Ph.D.
Director, English Composition Program
Associate Professor of English
316 Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall