Earn a minor in English: Options and requirements

The department offers four minors- one general minor in English, one in literature, one in writing, and one in popular literature and film. These minors compliment all majors, and the critical reading and writing skills acquired through these minors will enhance any future vocation. Please contact the English department for more information. The following General Education courses DO NOT count for the minors (ENGL 110, ENGL 111, ENGL 112, ENGL 250, ENGL 252, and ENGL 281).

Students must achieve an overall GPA of at least 2.0 to earn the minor. 

If a student desires a minor from the same department/school as their major, there is a college requirement for a minimum of nine (9) non-overlapping credits between the minor and the major, as well as between the minor and other minor programs in the department/school.

For students looking to add a second major or minor within the English department, please get a form at our front desk and take it to the department advisor, Prof. Lisa Rhoades (rhoades@uakron.edu).

1. Minor in English (6 courses)

  • Any 18 hours of courses in the English Department with at least 6 of those hours at the 300/400 level.

2. Minor in Creative Writing (330007M)

  • Two introductory creative writing courses (Min. Credits: 6.0) from:
    • ENGL 276  Introduction to Creative Nonfiction Writing
    • ENGL 277  Introduction to Poetry Writing
    • ENGL 278  Introduction to Fiction Writing
    • ENGL 279  Introduction to Script Writing
  • At least one advanced creative writing course (Min. Credits: 3.0) from:
    • ENGL 377  Advanced Poetry Writing
    • ENGL 378  Advanced Fiction Writing
    • ENGL 379  Advanced Script Writing
    • ENGL 381 Advanced Creative Nonfiction Writing

  • ENGL 457 Writers on Writing

  • Two additional courses in any form of creative writing or literature from Department offerings, 300 or 400 level.

3. Minor in Popular Literature and Film (330009M)

  • Twelve hours of courses in popular literature or film at the 300/400 level in English. Six hours of courses in any literature or film topics at any level in English.

  • Students may choose from courses such as: 
    • ENGL 380 Film Criticism
    • ENGL 389 Popular Culture
    • ENGL 399 Gothic Imagination
    • ENGL 440 Women and Film
    • ENGL 460 Film and Literature
    • ENGL 489 Contemporary Women Gothic Writers

NOTE: The following courses taken to fulfill specific requirements in the English major CANNOT also be used to fulfill the 18 hours requirement in this minor: ENGL 300 Critical Reading & Writing; ENGL :301 English Literature 1; ENGL 315 Shakespeare: Early; ENGL 316 Shakespeare: Mature; ENGL 341 American Literature 1; one course in world or multicultural literature.

4. Minor in African American Literature (330011M)

  • Any eighteen hours of African-American literature and language courses.

 Students may choose from courses such as:

  • ENGL 350       Black American Literature
  • ENGL 389       African American Novel
  • ENGL 474       African-American English
  • ENGL 489       Harlem Renaissance

* At least 6 hours in each minor must be at 300/400 level.
** These courses do not have to be taken in sequence.