With an English minor, you will explore various forms of literature from selected cultures and periods in history, including novels, theater, fiction, nonfiction, poetry and journalism.


  • Courses will help you to develop skills in reading, literary analysis and writing
  • Courses will offer you the opportunity to explore a variety of experiences in English, American and multicultural literature

Career opportunities

The English minor can augment other majors with a study of literature and composition, which is especially beneficial if you are seeking a career in journalism, creative writing, communications, education or business.

Program director

Eleanor Nickel, Ph.D.
Eleanor Nickel, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English

Course listing

Required Courses (minimum Units: 18)

LIT-180Introduction to Literature3

Select one of the following:

LIT-355American Literature: Beginnings to 19th Century3
LIT-360American Literature: 20th Century3
PHIL-430American Wilderness Literature and Philosophy3

Select one of the following:

LIT-400Medieval Life, Thought and Literature4
LIT-405The Renaissance and English Literature4
LIT-420English Literature: Romantic and Victorian Literature3
LIT-425English Literature: 20th Century Literature3
LIT-426English Literature: C.S. Lewis3

Select one of the following:

LIT-370The Novel3
LIT-380World Theater: Roots to 18003
LIT-385World Theater: 1800 to Present3
LIT-448Multicultural Literature3
SPA-445Latin American Literature3

Select one of the following:

COM-300Creative Writing: Fiction3
COM-310Creative Writing: Poetry3
COM-320Creative Writing: Nonfiction3
COM-330Writing and Reading Journalism3