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Literature Minor

The minor in literature allows you the opportunity to develop an appreciation and understanding of literature as well as an ability to read critically.  After graduation, the ability to read, analyze, and critically evaluate complex texts will be a key to professional growth in whatever career you have chosen. An appreciation and understanding of literature will allow you a lifetime of enjoyment and continued intellectual growth as you continue to read the best writing from around the world.


You should apply to the minor program early in your academic career, usually by the fifth semester of college work, but no later than the end of the drop/add period of the first semester of the last year of didactic work. To apply for the program, you must have a GPA of 2.00 or higher and must have earned a grade of at least a “B” in WR 101 or in EN 101 and EN 102, or must have the permission of the minor advisor. According to University policy, a student must have the approval of his/her academic advisor in order to apply for a minor.

Prerequisite Courses

  • WR 101 Writing and Rhetoric I (Credits: 3)


Students may not count any course toward a literature minor that is also being used for another minor. A minimum of 12 credits of minor coursework must be completed in addition to any courses (required courses or program electives) included in the major curriculum.

Any literature course at the 300 level may count toward the minor in literature. Currently, the Humanities Department offers the following literature courses:

    • WC/HU 313 Don Quijote and Other Hispanic Anti-Heroes, Credits: 3
    • WC/HU 315 Spain Through Art, Literature, and Film, Credits: 3
    • EN 201 Introduction to Literature, Credits: 3
    • EN 312 Modern Drama and Theatre, Credits: 3
    • EN 313 Twentieth-Century British Literature, Credits: 3
    • EN 314 The Short Story, Credits: 3
    • EN 315 The Self in Prose: Autobiography and Autobiographical Fiction, Credits: 3
    • EN 317 Women in Literature, Credits: 3
    • EN 318 Major American Writers, Credits: 3
    • EN 320 Popular Fiction in America, Credits: 3
    • EN 324 Asian-American Autobiography, Credits: 3
    • EN 325 Asian-American Literature, Credits: 3
    • EN 334 American Fiction to 1860, Credits: 3
    • EN 335 American Fiction: The Age of Realism, Credits: 3
    • EN 336 Modern American Fiction, Credits: 3

    You may also take the following courses with the approval of your minor advisor:

    • HU 340 Special Topics in the Humanities (Credits: 3)
    • HU 399 Independent Study (Credits: 3)
    • HU 498 Directed Study in the Humanities (Credits: 3)

    You may also take one of the following courses:

    • EN 303 Creative Writing: Playwriting (Credits: 3)
    • EN 304 Creative Writing: Fiction (Credits: 3)
    • EN 305 Argumentation and Critical Thought (Credits: 3)
    • EN 306 Creative Writing: Poetry (Credits: 3)
    • EN 307 Creative Writing: Nature Writing (Credits: 3) 
    • EN 308 Creative Nonfiction (Credits: 3)
    • EN 330 Introduction to Journalism (Credits: 3) 

    Additional Information

    • No more than six credits may be transferred from another institution. The department chair will determine whether credits are transferable.
    • As additional literature courses are added by the Department of Humanities, these courses will be added to the list of courses a student may use for the minor in literature.
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