Minor in English

Catalog Year: 2024-2025


This minor provides students with a strong background in writing and critical thinking and will also introduce them to significant literary and cultural documents.

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

Total credits: 18

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

ENGH 305 Dimensions of Writing and Literature (Mason Core) is not required for the minor but is strongly encouraged.

Core Courses

Select 3-6 credits of 200-level courses from the following: 3-6
Reading and Writing about Texts (Mason Core)
Texts and Contexts (Mason Core)
Western Literary Tradition (Mason Core)
Western Literary Traditions (Mason Core)
Total Credits 3-6


Select 12-15 credits in 300- or 400-level ENGH or LING courses 1 12-15
Total Credits 12-15

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 Advanced Composition (Mason Core) may not be applied to the minor.