College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Minor in English

A minor in English provides students with a strong background in writing and critical thinking and will also introduce them to significant literary and cultural documents. Prerequisite for the minor in English is satisfaction of the Mason Core requirement in literature.

The minor must be approved by the English department academic coordinator before graduation. 

For policies governing all minors, see the Academic Policies section of this catalog.

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

Minor Requirements (Catalog Year 2016-2017)

Students pursuing the minor in English must complete 18 credits with a minimum GPA of 2.00. ENGH 305 is not required for the minor but is strongly encouraged. ENGH 302 may not be applied to the minor. Eight credits of course work must be unique to the minor.

One to two courses (3-6 credits) in 200-level literature courses chosen from:

ENGH 201 - Reading and Writing about Texts Credits: 3

ENGH 202 - Texts and Contexts Credits: 3

ENGH 203 - Western Literary Tradition Credits: 3

ENGH 204 - Western Literary Traditions Credits: 3

Four to five courses (12-15 credits) in 300 or 400 level ENGH or LING courses

Students have the option of choosing courses to form a focus for the minor.  Examples include: American literature, British literature, creative writing, cultural studies, drama, fiction, film and media studies, folklore, literary criticism, poetry, and world literature.  Students should consult with the English undergraduate advisor to design a minor program to meet their educational goals and interests. (ENGH 302 may not be applied to the minor.)

Total: 18 credits

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