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.

Coursework & Duration

Requirements

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:

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

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

Course Number Course Name Credits
HU 340 Special Topics in the Humanities 3 credits
HU 399 Independent Study 3 credits
HU 498 Directed Study in the Humanities 3 credits

You may also take one of the following courses:

Course Number Course Name Credits
EN 303 Creative Writing: Playwriting 3 credits
EN 304 Creative Writing: Fiction 3 credits
EN 305 Argumentation and Critical Thought 3 credits 
EN 306 Creative Writing: Poetry 3 credits
EN 307 Creative Writing: Nature Writing 3 credits
EN 308 Creative Nonfiction 3 credits
EN 330 Introduction to Journalism 3 credits

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.

Requirements & Expectations

Eligibility

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.

No more than six credits may be transferred from another institution. The department chair will determine whether credits are transferable.

Contact:

Christine Flanagan

Address:

Office Location: East Building, Room 105
University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495

Phone:

215-596-7543

Email:

c.flanag@usciences.edu