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Letters Arts and Sciences student
Undergraduate Minor in
English

Courses

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.

Recommended Courses (18 credits)

This sample course list would fulfill the requirements for the minor.

  • 3
    credits

    Practice and criticism in the reading, analysis, and composition of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry writing.

  • 3
    credits

    Literature(s) of fantasy from early forms through a variety of contemporary traditions.

  • 3
    credits

    Written exercises in, and a study of, the principles of article writing; practice in the writing of specific articles.

    • Prerequisite

      ENGL 015 or ENGL 030

  • 3
    credits

    Introduction to literary history and analysis. Writers such as Mark Twain, James, Cather, Frost, O'Neill, Faulkner, Hemingway, Hughes, and Morrison.

    • 3
      credits

      Learn about the dominant themes in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies, with an emphasis on both literary and cultural studies. This course explores the history of modern, Western ideas about sexual identity as manifested in literature, theatre, film, and other narrative forms of popular culture.

    • or:
      3
      credits

      Learn about the dominant themes in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies, with an emphasis on both literary and cultural studies. This course explores the history of modern, Western ideas about sexual identity as manifested in literature, theatre, film, and other narrative forms of popular culture.

  • 3
    credits

    Preparing and editing professional papers for subject specialists and for others interested in careers as writers or editors.

  • 3
    credits

    A successful grant writer achieves confidence with hands-on practice, mastering the underlying principles of effective research and outreach; feasible and complete content-generation; and the writing of precise, clear, audience-centered prose.

    • Prerequisite

      ENGL 15 or ENGL 30 or (ENGL 137, ENGL 138) and (ENGL 202a or ENGL 202b or ENGL 202c or ENGL 202d)

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