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Minor in English


The Minor in English provides students with the qualifications needed to advance their understanding of literature, language, and professional creative writing. It enhances their skills in communication, negotiation, literary analysis, discourse analysis, and academic debate. It assists students entering various creative domains including language-oriented and writing-intensive career paths such as the fashion industry, entrepreneurship, marketing and public relations, as well as law and political science. This minor is considered to be a fundamental asset for students particularly embarking on a journalistic or media-related discipline.

Program Objectives

The Minor in English aims to:

  1. enhance communication, critical thinking, and creativity,
  2. support skills greatly needed in careers nowadays, and
  3. complement majors in the humanities, social sciences, communication arts, education, Arabic, translation and business.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates with a Minor in English will:

  1. enhance their writing proficiency through literary and linguistic assign­ments,
  2. acquire both literary and linguistic content in various areas, and become aware of the cultural, political, and social perspectives of different socie­ties,
  3. analyze and critique different topics, and further develop their research methods, and
  4. reflect upon the different aspects of today’s global issues in a literary and linguistic framework.


For the Minor in English, students must complete 18 credits, distributed as follows:

  • Core Requirements (9 credits)
  • English Electives (9 credits)

Core Requirements (9 credits)

  • ENG213 Introduction to Language (3 cr.)
  • ENG216 Introduction to Literature  (3 cr.)
  • Any English writing course from the list below

English Electives (9 credits)

You may choose any three courses from the list below. Close advising is recommended to ensure that your minor is coherent when it comes to literature, language, or professional creative writing.


  • ENG211 English Literature I (3 cr.)
  • ENG212 English Literature II (3 cr.)
  • ENG323 Renaissance Drama (3 cr.)
  • ENG324 Medieval Literature (3 cr.)
  • ENG325 Renaissance Poetry (3 cr.)
  • ENG326 Restoration & Neoclassical Literature (3 cr.)
  • ENG328 Early Novel (3 cr.)
  • ENG336 Romantic & Victorian Poetry (3 cr.)
  • ENG339 19th Century British Novel (3 cr.)
  • ENG342 Modernism & Beyond (3 cr.)
  • ENG345 20th Century British Novel (3 cr.)
  • ENG346 Contemporary Culture (3 cr.)
  • ENG348 Post-Colonial Anglophone Literature (3 cr.)
  • ENG351 Early American Literature (3 cr.)
  • ENG352 20th Century American Novel (3 cr.)
  • ENG354 Theories of Literature and Culture (3 cr.)
  • ENG376 Gender in Literature (3 cr.)
  • ENG479 Topics in Literature & Culture (3 cr.) 1
  • ENG487 Topics in Drama & Theater (3 cr.) 1

1 ENG479 and ENG487 can be taken more than once for extra credits if the topics differ.


  • ENG281 Language & Change: Past, Present, & Future (3 cr.)
  • ENG282 Language & the Media (3 cr.)
  • ENG283 Language & Gender (3 cr.)
  • ENG303 Literary Linguistics (3 cr.)
  • ENG380 Language & the Law (3 cr.)
  • ENG381 Corpus Linguistics (3 cr.)
  • ENG480 Discourse & Power (3 cr.)


  • ENG301 Food and Travel Writing (3 cr.)
  • ENG331 Poetry Writing (3 cr.)
  • ENG332 Life Writing (3 cr.)
  • ENG333 Fiction Writing (3 cr.)
  • ENG334 Illness Writing (3 cr.)
  • ENG335 Playwriting (3 cr.)