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English Minors

The English minor may choose an emphasis in one of the following:

  • literature
  • writing

English Minor with a Literature Concentration

A literature concentration minor encompasses a range of American, British, and world literature. The program provides a strong foundation of courses in literature and language, sequenced to cultivate a sense of literary development, and fosters an increasing familiarity with major works and writers, critical theory, literary terminology, and research materials. Because of their command of the written language, their ability to deal with ideas and concepts as well as facts, and their broader understanding of human nature and social realities, literature majors are valued in many fields, including academe, the law, and the world of business.

English Minor with a Writing Concentration

A writing concentration minor provides study, practice, and opportunity for performance in various modes and genres of writing as well as a foundation in the appreciation of the literary heritage in English. The program involves students in reading, writing, and language, and helps prepare them for graduate school or vocation, while clearly placing them in the tradition of the liberal arts. Students must meet with a writing faculty advisor in order to understand prerequisites and select proper courses.

Cinema Studies Minor

A minor in Cinema Studies consists of eight courses: an introduction to the study of cinema, two courses on the history of cinema, four courses on particular cinema topics in context, and a culmination course. Students learn to think and write critically about cinema as a significant form of culture.

Rhetoric, Composition and Professional Writing Minor

A minor in Rhetoric, Composition, and Professional Writing provides a program of study to help students learn to use rhetoric and to see how language and writing shape actions and attitudes to form persuasive discourse in a variety of contexts. Students study contemporary and classical rhetoric and composition theory, as well as visual literacy, research methodologies, and professional writing. This minor complements any major on campus and gives students the opportunity to improve critical reading, writing, and thinking skills, as well as to conduct original, undergraduate research, to compose and interpret texts using multiple modes, including written, digital, and visual, to learn to tutor or teach writing, and to acquire competence in critical analysis and effective communication.

Linguistics Minors

The Linguistics may choose an emphasis in one of the following:

  • linguistics
  • language

Linguistics Minor with a Linguistics Concentration

Linguistics Minor with a Language Concentration

The language and linguistics minors offer concepts about, theories of, and analytical techniques in natural language. The concentrations represent an intellectual discipline in itself and simultaneously serve the interests of future teachers, students of literature and writing, and others who have a continuing fascination with language as language. Taken in an appropriate order made evident by careful advising, the courses in each program educate students both to use and to appreciate their languages. The minors require students to engage in vigorous, progressively more explicit and precise analysis and synthesis as they examine facts and fallacies about the miracle of language.