Minor in English

An English minor is a valuable asset for students preparing for a variety of fields, including teaching in other disciplines, law and business.

Many students minor in English simply because they enjoy the study of literature or writing. This minor may be used to satisfy the area of concentration requirement for elementary education and early childhood education majors for State of Illinois licensure.

An English minor consists of a minimum of five courses. The minor must include:

  • ENG 201 Composition III: Classical Rhetorics and Contemporary Discourse
  • ENG 220 Principles of Literary Study
  • At least three additional English courses taken at the 300- or 400-level

Minors

Students in any major may also pursue one of six specific minors: creative writing, film studies, journalism, professional and multimedia writing, rhetoric and theory, or literature.

Creative Writing

  • ENG 201 Composition III: Classical Rhetorics and Contemporary Discourse
  • ENG 220 Principles of Literary Study
  • Choose three of the following five:
    • ENG 312 Writing Fiction
    • ENG 313 Writing Poetry
    • DM/ENG 317 Introduction to Screenwriting
    • ENG 412 Advanced Fiction Writing
    • DM/ENG 417 Advanced Writing for Film and Television

Film Studies

  • DM/ENG 295 Introduction to Film Studies
  • DM/ENG 298 Story Structures in Literature, Film and Media
  • WL 309 World Cinema
  • Two electives

Journalism

  • ENG 201 Composition III: Classical Rhetorics and Contemporary Discourse
  • ENG 220 Principles of Literary Study
  • ENG 305 Journalism I
  • ENG 306 Journalism II
  • ENG 365 Media Practicum (.25 credit); taken four times

Professional and Multimedia Writing

  • ENG 201 Composition III: Classical Rhetorics and Contemporary Discourse
  • ENG 220 Principles of Literary Study
  • ENG 303 Writing in Professional Fields
  • ENG 403 Advanced Professional and Multimedia Writing
  • One 300/400-level English elective

Rhetoric and Theory

  • ENG 201 Composition III: Classical Rhetorics and Contemporary Discourse
  • ENG 220 Principles of Literary Study
  • ENG 401 Composition IV: Theory and Research
  • ENG 415 Literary Theory
  • One 300/400-level English elective

Literature

  • ENG 201 Composition III: Classical Rhetorics and Contemporary Discourse
  • ENG 220 Principles of Literary Study
  • Three 300/400-level literature courses

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