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Letters Arts and Sciences student
Undergraduate Minor in


You may select any combination of writing and/or literature courses that are relevant to your personal interests and professional goals. To complete this minor, you must complete 18 approved credits with a grade of "C" or better. You may not count courses used to satisfy General Education Writing/Speaking requirement toward this minor.

Select courses from the following options, to be taken during your third through eighth semesters:

  • 6 credits from ENGL 200–299
  • 6 credits from ENGL 400–499
  • 6 additional credits in English

Offered in collaboration with the Penn State College of the Liberal Arts, this minor is open to all Penn State World Campus undergraduate students who meet the prerequisites.

Course List — Undergraduate Minor in English

Prescribed Courses (18 credits — at least 6 credits must be at the 400 level) 
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Introduction to Creative Writing ENGL 50 Practice and criticism in the reading, analysis and composition of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry writing. 3 credits
The Literature of Fantasy ENGL 192 Literature(s) of fantasy from early forms through a variety of contemporary traditions.

3 credits

Introduction to Article Writing ENGL 215 Written exercises in, and a study of, the principles of article writing; practice in the writing of specific articles. 3 credits
American Literature from 1865 ENGL 232W Introduction to literary history and analysis. Writers such as Mark Twain, James, Cather, Frost, O'Neill, Faulkner, Hemingway, Hughes, and Morrison. 3 credits
Introduction to Lesbian and Gay Studies ENGL 245 /WMNST245 An introduction to the study of homosexual identities across a wide range of disciplines and methodologies. 3 credits
Advanced Technical Writing and Editing ENGL 418 Preparing and editing professional papers for subject specialists and for others interested in careers as writers or editors. 3 credits
Grant Writing ENGL 478 Comprehensive understanding of the grant-writing field and strategic use of research skills to match program to foundation. 3 credits

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