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A minor in literature trains you to interpret complex literary works—to think smartly about what they meant to their original readers and what they might mean for us today.

You’ll read a variety of American, British, and world literature, ranging from canonical “masterpieces” to works by new writers from diverse backgrounds.

Our dedicated and diverse faculty of published literary scholars challenge you to sharpen your analytical and communicative skills and inspire a lifetime of learning and reading.



This minor is not open to English literature majors.

What You Will Learn

You’ll learn how to:

  • think critically and untangle complex problems in any field you pursue after college
  • gain a new perspective on your favorite authors and discover new ones
  • better understand the human condition
  • empathize with different people and cultures

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 15

This minor is designed to enable you to read literary works with greater understanding in conjunction with other university majors and minors.

Coursework includes:

  • three credits from either ENG 206 Reading Literature or ENG 230 Reading and Writing about Literature
  • 12 credits of additional literature courses numbered 205 and above

Your course of study must include at least one 300-level and one 400-level course, plus at least one course in American literature and one course in British literature.

For a complete list of all classes you may take and their descriptions, please see the Course Catalog.

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How to Enroll

Students interested in the minor in linguistics and global communication should complete a "change of major or minor" form. This form is available in the Academic Advising Center (AC 224).

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